7th July 2013, 09:44
COUGARS TAME BRAVE DEMONS
... BUT BONYMAEN ARE BACK WITH A BANG
(PICTURE: Valley Cougars on the charge against Cardiff Demons)
VALLEY Cougars took another step towards the South Wales Conference Grand Final with a comprehensive victory over Cardiff Demons on a baking hot Saturday afternoon.
And Bonymaen Broncos started their charge to the final with a top performance at home on Saturday as they overturned a hefty defeat a fortnight ago.
It was so warm for the players in Treharris that there were water breaks after twenty minutes of each half but it was the Cougars who were on fire as they raced to a 48-6 victory despite a gallant effort from the Demons.
Welsh international hooker Martyn Luckwell got the scoreboard turning after just three minutes when he took a play-the-ball down the blindside to pass by the Demons defence.
And after a great break by wing Mike Hurley, Gareth Way was sent in tot put the Cougars 12-0 up inside ten minutes.
However, the gutsy Demons, marshelled well by hooker Idris Evans at dummy half, put some pressure on the home side and when prop Rich East drove for the line, the ball quickly found Barry Phillips following up for the loose forward to get the converted touchdown.
The Cougars, though, turned the tables back in their favour with Matthew Williams and Ian Newberry going over before the break. An example of the Demons' tenacity, however, saw them deny Dan Davies a try when a last-gasp tackle threw the Welsh winger into touch, taking down the corner flag in the process.
But when East received a yellow card seven minutes after the break, Hurley seized the chance to run-in for an easy corner try which half-back Paul Emmanuelli converted magnificently from the touchline, one of two wonder goals from the Wales Dragonhearts assistant coach.
Then a great move from the Cougars saw John Sanigar cross the line before Williams and Scott Giles added the final two tries to complete Valley's day in the sunshine.
Bonymaen Broncos bounced back from their heavy defeat by Torfaen Tigers to keep the heat on Valley Cougars with a 48-16 victory.
There was no David v Goliath story as Torfaen went to Bonymaen with six teenagers. The Broncos lead early on as they dominated in the pack but the Tigers looked dangerous when they moved the ball wide.
TIgers hooker Rob Davies darted over on the half-time hooter to add to earlier scores from teenage wingers Jordan Peake and Connor Goode which brought the score back to 26-12 after the Broncos had gone in front.
But Bonymaen's size in the middle showed through as Rhys Davies, Ian Brooks (2) and Ben Davies added to a first-half hat-trick of tires from Daniel George and a brace from Alan Pope. Tom Daniels added six goals to seal the victory and set-up a race for the top position with Valley Cougars.
Meanwhile, Prestatyn and Rhyl Panthers can through a nail-biter at Flintshire Falcons to take a 42-40 victory in the North Wales Conference.