16th August 2014, 21:06
Valley Cougars win earns home semi final play-off
Eight try win sees Leicester Storm beaten
Valley Cougars 42 Leicester Storm 18
By Ian Lovell at Nelson RFC
Valley Cougars extinguished the Storm running in eight tries on their return to Nelson RFC to qualify for a home semi-final in the RFL Conference South play-offs.
Their nearest rivals, Nottingham Outlaws, lost 40-22 at home to Sheffield Hallam Eagles, so it’s the Cougars who will host the Outlaws on the weekend of September 6th/7th.
Cougars took the lead in this game after 10 minutes and were never behind, the first try coming from Mike Hurley, Paul Emanuelli adding the conversion.
Ryan Davies bulldozed over with Emanuelli again adding the goal as Cougars doubled their advantage at the end of the first quarter of the game. Dan Davies added a third after a long Emanuelli cut out pass put him in space, Emanuelli’s goal attempt went wide.
Cougars fourth came off the back of a penalty giving them good field position s Chris Speck broke through and ran in from twenty metres, Emanuelli added the extras.
Emanuelli added a try of his own following a great break by Gareth Way and although the goal attempt went wide, the Cougars were 26-0 ahead at the break.
It didn’t take the Cougars too long to extend their lead as Davies added his second in the corner, again the conversion kick went wide.
Leicester had a purple patch around the hour mark as first left wing Oli Saville and following a break down the middle Roddy Jonas crossed for tries both converted by Oli Furrins.
The Cougars responded with a well worked try by Gareth Way, Emanuelli adding his fourth goal of the afternoon. Leicester refused to buckle and following a penalty full back Joey Luttrull sprinted through for a try, Furrins adding the goal.
Cougars had the last word as shortly before the final whistle Mark Thomas ran through for a try under the sticks, Emanuelli easily slotted the goal to complete the scoring.