19th May 2014, 21:10
Wolves and Tigers earm big wins
Aber Valley Wolves and Torfaen Tigers win first games of the season
Wales Rugby League-Welsh Conference South round up.
Aber Valley Wolves got their senior rugby league debut season off to a flying start. Good preseason numbers gave the Wolves optimism going into their 1st league game at home to Bridgend Blue Bulls, but they knew it would be a tough challenge against season campaigners the Bulls.
The Wolves put in a fine performance in front of a big home crowd and were always in control of the game. Two tries in each half was not enough for the Bulls although Nathan Hawkins’s try bought up the 5000th point for Blue Bulls since their inception.
In the end the Wolves had too much power, pace and structure for the Bulls and ran out 52 - 24 winners. Scorers:
Wolves: (Tries) Sion Jones (3) Joseph Bray, Adam Kidley, Gavin Gabriel, Bradley Hill, Geraint Clarke, Lewis, Bowden, Tom Andrews.
Goals: Alun Ford (6)
Blue Bulls: (Tries) Huw Rosser, Nathan Morgan, Nathan Hawkins, Kieron Hooper
Goals: Gareth Howells (4)
Men of the match Wolves Sion Jones, Blue Bulls Darryl Harvey.
In the other match of the day Cwmbran based Torfaen Tigers travelled to Newport Saraces RFC, home of the Newport Titans.
Torfaen Tigers put their challenge cup disappointment behind them in style as they ran in 10 tries to defeat local rivals 50-22 as they showed the large crowd why they are reigning Welsh Champions in what proved to be a fiery encounter.
The Tigers started slowly and found themselves 4-0 down after 15minutes when Richard Tuohy crossed for the hosts, the Tigers hit back with tries from half back Ryan Bates and centre Jarad Hinnem before 16year old fullback Liam Silver provided fine assists for winger Corey Clarke and Hinnem for his second and the Tigers fourth, Dai Thomas adding two goal. Chris Williams had one disallowed for the Tigers, before Newport crossed twice in quick succession to make it 18-16. Hinnem then completed his hat-trick to make it 22-16 at halftime.
The Tigers turned the screw early in the second half with Hinnem adding a fourth after Bates climbed highest to collect a Dai Thomas bomb. Fullback Silver then danced through the Titans defence before Dai Thomas forced his way over from close range, Bates converting all three. With the game over as a contest the frustrated Titans started to niggle and when their centre Nathan Bird got up swinging from two tackles inside a minute it sparked a 26man brawl that saw Tigers back rowers Liam Davies and Mike Edwards join him in the sin bin. With three players off the field the Titans found space to cross for their fourth allowing Jon O'Neil to kick his third goal. There was time still time though for the Tigers to cross for two more through Mark White & Andrew Barlow.