28th July 2013, 10:21
TIGERS SECURE SECOND PLACE IN CONFERENCE
BROWN SCORES TWO TRIES AS DEMONS ARE BEATEN
By Gary Baker, Wales Rugby League Communications Manager, at Cwmbran RFC
TORFAEN TIGERS 23 CARDIFF DEMONS 4
TORFAEN Tigers secured second place in this year's South Wales Conference after a tough, whole-hearted clash with Cardiff Demons at Cwmbran RFC.
The two sides were aiming to take another big stride towards facing Valley Cougars in the Grand Final on August 18 and it was the Tigers who roared into prime position with a 23-4 victory.
In front of a good crowd, Tigers took the lead after five minutes when Mike Davies scored and converted their first try.
But Torfaen were their own worst enemies at times as they gave away countless penalties that the Demons, lead by Idris Evans, tried to capitalise on but were unable to do so.
And that is how it stayed until half-time although indiscipline played its' part in the period before it settled down in the second-half.
The Demons came out firing better as Jamie Iles crossed in the left-hand corner for an unconverted try that gave the Cardiff side inspiration to take the victory.
But that was dampened just minutes later when Luke Brown finished off an outstanding try when Mark Cox found a gap and dashed through the Demons' defence just over half-way. He passed onto Louie Pengelly who made important yardage before sending Brown in to go under the posts, making Davies conversion easy.
Torfaen, fearing a close encounter, took a one-point drop-goal just before the hour but it was a precaution they did not need as tries from Ryan Evans and Shaun Watkins in the last six minutes took them to a comfortable 19-point win.