Wales Rugby League



Cougars go to Final but Bulls defeated

13th September 2014, 15:42

Cougars go to Final but Bulls defeated

Five tries from Danyl “Mancub” Davies ensured that Valley Cougars qualified for the National Conference South Final after beating Nottingham Outlaws 26-12 in Blackwood on Saturday.


By Ian Golden


Five tries from Danyl “Mancub” Davies ensured that Valley Cougars qualified for the National Conference South Final after beating Nottingham Outlaws 26-12 in Blackwood on Saturday.


It’s the first ever national final for the Cougars, the feeder side to South Wales Scorpions and they’ll go into next week’s encounter with Sheffield Hallam Eagles full on confidence despite the South Yorkshire side winning all of their games this season. Hallam Eagles beat Leicester Storm 56-10 in their home semi-final game.


Davies went over for the first of his handful for the Cougars on ten minutes, which was converted by Paul Emanuelli but Nottingham proved admiral opponents and wouldn’t budge for the next 25 minutes, both defences performing well in such a crucial game.


The Cougars eventually managed to break through but it took a good passing move to take it out to Davies for his second, scored in the corner and went unconverted.


An error from kick-off gave Nottingham the chance to hit back and they made no mistake as Jimmy Goodwin scored near to the sticks and Jonny Shields converted. Cougars went into half-time with a slender 10-6 lead.


After a pep talk from player-coach Emanuelli, the Cougars came out of the changing rooms fired up and Davies only took five minutes to claim his hat-trick with the boss adding the extras.


A long run down the wing gave Davies his fourth just 10 minutes later and Emanuelli converted again to make the score 22-6 and virtually seal the game.


Davies hammered the nail in the coffin with four minutes to go with an unconverted try but it was the Outlaws who had the final say with a consolation in the final minute, Shields going over and converting himself.


Emanuelli said: “I’m really delighted that we’re through to the Final and with our A side already winning the Welsh Shield, hopefully this could be the club’s second trophy of the season.


“We’ve worked really hard to get this far but we know what a tough game we have in store next week. We can’t wait.”





Bridgend Blue Bulls won’t be joining the Cougars on Conference Finals day next week. They went down 72-14 to Jarrow Vikings in their semi-final in a neutral Sheffield ground.


Jarrow Vikings started on top with the Bulls looking lacklustre in defence. The Vikings opened the scoring early on and backed that up with another from their next set.


The Bulls were in disarray as their opponents crossed the line a further two times, looking nothing like the winning team from the previous round.


The first time the Bulls showed some endeavour, they scored. The Bulls moved the ball away from the ruck area and played at a difficult pace for their opposition before second-generation Blue Bull Xavier Manaseitava was on hand to open the scoring for his team.


The Bulls were failing to protect the ball and pinned themselves back by giving away needless penalties in threatening areas. Jarrow made the Bulls pay for their errors, going in at half time leading by 42-4.


The Bulls regrouped at half time and came out looking like a different team. They opened the scoring in the second half with a more organised set being finished off by Club Veteran Mitch John underneath the posts.


The Bulls gave the possession straight back to Jarrow from the resulting restart and the Vikings punished them by crossing themselves.


The Bulls had their heads down as the Vikings rallied again, touching down several times but the Bulls continued to battle and with another calm set, live-wire hooker Keiran Hooper found a way over the try line.


The Vikings had the final say scoring two more 4-pointers before the final whistle sounded, leaving the Bulls on the end of a club record 72-14 defeat.


Despite the way the season ended, the club can be proud of their achievements and playing record of 12 wins from 15 games.


The next match for the Bulls will be the first round of the world famous Challenge Cup in February which we have qualified for by winning the Welsh Conference and fulfilling all their Harry Jepson Trophy matches.