Cougars pounce on Bulls
Bridgend Blue Bulls RLFC
|Venue:||Porthcawl RFC, CF36 3DB|
|Date:||Saturday 30th June 2012|
|Competition:||Welsh Conference - Premier Division|
|Referee:||To be confirmed|
Five tries from wing Danyl Davies helped Valley Cougars to a 48-32 win over Bridgend Blue Bulls at Porthcawl RFC, who had prop Charles Stevenson sent off in the 10th minute.
The Cougars were 4-0 up after a Ceri Lloyd try when Stevenson was shown a straight red for punching from referee Ian Jones, and the Nelson-based side took advantage of the extra man straight away - scoring two quick tries from Davies and Jon Sanigar with Daniel Parry adding both kicks for a 16-0 lead.
But the Bulls battled back well with tries for Dave Upton and Gareth Howells, Howells converting one to cut the deficit to six. Bridgend should have drawn level with Josh Collins, Ken Dowding and Lee Harben-Jones all coming close but in the closing seconds the visitors broke away and Davies sprinted clear for his second – Parry again converting for a 22-10 half time lead.
That lead was then increased just a few seconds into the second half when Davies claimed his hat-trick, with Parry again adding the goal.
The Blue Bulls then almost pulled of a dramatic comeback, a great play from Gareth Howells and Gethin Davies sent Nathan Hawkins under the posts and then Ken Dowding charged over, Howells added both conversions to make it 22-28.
A long run from debutant Gareth Cox and excellent cross-field kick from Hawkins resulted in a score for Lewis Donnelly and the reigning Champions then took the lead when Tylon Mafi broke through four tackles to score and Howells added the kick to make it 32-28 to Bridgend.
But the Cougars then rallied, Sanigar and Scott Belmont helped send Jack Morris over in the corner to draw the teams level and they went on to claim three more scores in the final minutes, Chris Beck went over after good play from Rhodri Morris before two more Davies tries secured a fine win for the Cougars to end the Blue Bulls’ ten-year record of having never lost two consecutive games.