26th March 2015, 09:08
Home matches for Torfaen and Cougars this weekend
Torfaen Tigers host fellow Welsh side The Raiders at Cwmbran RFC this Sunday in week two of the RFL Conference South (kick-off 2.30pm) while Valley Cougars have made a number of changes to their club structure ahead of their first home game
RFL Conference South
Saturday 28th March 2015:
Gloucestershire Warriors v Coventry Bears Reserves (Oxstalls Sports Park, 2.30pm)
Nottingham Outlaws v Sheffield Hallam Eagles (Highfields, 2.30pm)
Valley Cougars v Leicester Storm (Glyncoch RFC, 2.30pm)
Sunday 29th March 2015:
Torfaen Tigers v The Raiders RL (Cwmbran RFC, 2.30pm)
Torfaen Tigers host fellow Welsh side The Raiders at Cwmbran RFC this Sunday in week two of the RFL Conference South (kick-off 2.30pm).
Both newcomers to this league, they had mixed fortunes last weekend. The Raiders beat last year’s league champions Valley Cougars 34-6 whilst The Tigers fell away at Leicester Storm 28-16.
Tigers’ coach Jamie Williams said: “Last week we were punished with mistakes that we would have got away with in the Welsh Conference last year. We were competitive with a makeshift side and proved we deserve to be at this level.
“We have regrouped in training this week and we now look forward to our home opener on Sunday – a Welsh Derby against The Raiders, who showed last Saturday with a big win against the Cougars that they will be no pushovers.”
Raiders director and assistant coach Andrew Thorne said that his club were delighted at their opening day win and they will be hoping to build on this in Cwmbran on Sunday.
“The rest of the board, the coaching staff and I were pleased with how Saturday went,” he said. “The lads played some good rugby against an experienced Cougars team who had the help of some Scorpions players. The hard work that the lads have put in the last couple of months paid dividends with a convincing win.
“However we are under no illusions that we have a long way to go and have to perform as well if not better for the whole season, starting with our first away trip to Torfaen on Sunday. Torfaen are a good outfit and will be hurting from their defeat last Saturday. The lads know they are in for a game that will be full of big collisions, very similar to the Cougars encounter.”
Valley Cougars have made a number of changes to their club structure ahead of their first home game of the season in the RFL Conference South.
The 2014 champions take on Leicester Storm on Saturday at Glyncoch RFC (kick-off 2.30pm) following their defeat to the Llanelli-based Raiders RL last Saturday in the season opener.
Paul Emanuelli has moved on from his position as head coach of the club after four years of service and will now concentrate on his playing and coaching roles at South Wales Scorpions and the Wales Rugby League international set up. He will remain at the Cougars as Director of Rugby, will still be on hand to assist at every Cougars home game and will be responsible for dealing with registrations and the link with the Scorpions.
During the Welsh international’s time at the club, the Cougars have won both the Welsh Conference Premier and Conference League South titles.
The Cougars have appointed joint head coaches in Dafydd Hellard and Steve Bray.
Scott Britton has been appointed as new match day team captain and he will be assisted by Lee Goddard. Former captain Gareth Way will remain at the club and is still club captain but his rugby union commitments means he will no longer be involved as much as he would like.
Talking about the restructure, Emanuelli said: “We had hoped to have made these changes before last week but it was good in end to be there to hand things over. Dai and Steve have been involved with the club for many years and aim to bring their own ideas to the club whilst keeping the Cougar ethos at heart and build on the great setup we currently have.
“I’ll always be a Cougar at heart but as assistant coach at the Scorpions as well as playing for the club, and being involved in the Wales Dragonhearts and junior set-up, I knew I had to let something go.
“I’m delighted that Scott has been appointed new match day team captain. He’s been part of the Cougar family for some time now and will lead the side well, starting with this Saturday against Leicester Storm at Glyncoch RFC.”
In other games in the Conference South this Saturday, Gloucestershire Warriors will look to make it two out of two when they take on Coventry Bears Reserves at Oxstalls Sports Park (kick-off 2.30pm), while Nottingham Outlaws, who are yet to play this season, will face Sheffield Hallam Eagles at Highfields (kick-off 2.30pm). Sheffield started their season with a 24-12 win over Coventry last week and the Warriors overcame Oxford 46-22.