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Carbon copy final win for Bridgend again

Carbon copy final win for Bridgend again

21st August 2016, 19:20

WELSH GRAND FINAL

BRIDGEND BLUE BULLS 32 ABER VALLEY WOLVES 28

By Ian Golden at constructaquote.com Stadium, Caerphilly

 

For the third year in a row, Bridgend Blue Bulls scored a try in the dying seconds to again beat Aber Valley Wolves in the Welsh Grand Final.

 

It was Bridgend’s ninth win the 14-year history of the competition but this time they were underdogs, Aber Valley having finished top of the league and were the better side in the regular season.

 

It looked like they were going to run away with this game. They took the lead on eight minutes when Arron Evans skirted through from dummy half. Dan Davies converted.

 

Lewys Willacott, in his second game of the day, scored the second try for the Wolves, which Davies improved to make it 12-0 on 12 minutes.

 

There was no further scoring in the first half, although both sides had their chances in a lively game, but like the Scorpions game earlier, the constant rain made the ball greasy, ruining a number of opportunities.

 

Bridgend scored first in the second half, three minutes in, Dai Griggs going in under the posts and Gareth Howells converting to bring the score back to 12-6.

 

Suddenly the tables were turning. A quick brace of tries from Scott Johnson, Howells converting the first, gave the Bulls a 16-12 lead.

 

A try and conversion from Howells followed extending their lead to 22-12 before Griggs topped off a man of the match performance by scoring near to the sticks, Howell slicing the kick wide but the Bulls had a 14 point lead going into the final stages.

 

But Wolves weren’t finished yet. Despite going a man down thanks Ryan Evans seeing yellow for talking back, they scored the next try through Ryan Williams, Dan Davies converting to bring the score back to 26-18.

 

Then with just ten minutes left on the clock, Geraint Clarke squeezed through to pull another back for the Wolves, Davies converting again and the Bulls had a slender two point lead.

 

And the largely Wolves crowd erupted when Jacob Wright scored in the dying seconds, Davies missing the kick but Wolves now had a two point advantage.

 

But Bridgend had one more card left to pull out of the pack and that came to Dale Wood who touched down whilst under pressure to secure their third successive title. Howells converted as the final whistle blew.

 

WOLVES

1. Lewys Willacott

2. Joel Richards

3. Mathew Curtis

4. Josh Watkins

15. Lloyd Davies

6. Dan Davies

7. Aaron Evans

8. Rhys Hutchinson

9. Ryan Williams

10. Dai Davies

11. Charlie Morgan

12. Darren Griffin

13. Geraint Clarke

Subs:

14. Ieuan Alexander

5. Gavin Gabrielle

16. Craig Hadley

17. Jacob Wright

18. Callum Rowe

19. Darryl Skym

20. Lloyd Hughes

 

Tries: Evans (8), Willacott (12), Williams (66), Clarke (70), Wright (79)

Goals: Davies 4/5

 

BRIDGEND

1. Jack Dryden

2. Lewis Hughes

23. Gareth Howells

4. Stuart Robson

5. Lewis Morgan

6. Gareth Cox

7. Joe Symons

8. Mark Orpin

9. Nicky Giles

25. Nathan Hawkins

11. Tom Ansen

12. Dan Forrester

13. Scott Johnson

Subs:

14. John Lloyd

15. Keiron Hooper

16. Dale Wood

24. Dai Griggs

18. Lewis Rees

19. Jarrod Jones

20. Mark Tame

 

Tries: Griggs (44, 63), Johnson (47, 50), Howells (55), Wood (80)

Goals: Howells 4/6

 

Half-time: 0-12

Referee: John Brewer

Attendance: 410

 

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