Wales Rugby League



Bridgend have record win over Cardiff

26th May 2012, 16:46

Bridgend have record win over Cardiff

26th May 2012, 16:46

Bridgend have record win over Cardiff

By Simon Green


Bridgend Blue Bulls claimed their biggest ever win over Cardiff Demons scoring 13 tries in the Porthcawl sun for a 72-10 victory.


Bridgend had a good mix of youth and experience in the side and despite never giving up and fighting until the end, Cardiff could not match their power and pace.


The Demons started the better and two long runs from loose forward Josh Rogerson almost lead to the opening try, then a great Idris Evans break was ended by a crunching Dan Shore tackle.


But despite early pressure they couldn’t score and were punished when Lloyd Ryland broke free for a great solo try and Gareth Howells added the extra two for a 6-0 lead.


Moments later the lead was doubled when a Gareth David break sent Jonathon Humphrey over before Jamie Lorimer claimed try number three, Howells added both kicks for an 18-0 lead.


The Demons hit back through player coach Idris Evans but in the final 10 minutes of the half the Bulls run in three more scores through Gareth David, Lee Smith and Kieron Moore for a 30-4 half time lead.


Within a minute of the second half, Ken Dowding handed off two tacklers to score under the posts before good play from Gethin Davies sent his fellow debutant, 17 year old  Lewis Donnelly over in the corner, Howells converting both.


The Demons then claimed a second deserve try from Liam Carey with Idris Evans converting, but the Bulls continued to dominate, Dan Smith scored a great solo try before Dowding again went on the charge before offloading to Humphrey who raced over for his second of the game, Howells again added the kicks.


And more misery was heaped on the visitors with Dowding and Gareth David both claiming their second scores with Howells and David kicking a goal each and the final say went to Man of the Match Charles Stevenson who crashed through a number of tackles to score and cap off a fine individual performance.


The Demons battled valiantly throughout and deserved more than two tries and they had one of the best players on the pitch in Rogerson, but the Blue Bulls were the much stronger side on the day with many debutants shining including Dave Upton and Dai Stone.


The match also saw Bulls player-coach Craig Fox come off the bench and become the only player to represent the team in every one of the Bulls ten seasons.