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Top four meet in Conference South on Saturday

20th August 2015, 10:08

Top four meet in Conference South on Saturday

With the top four decided in RFL Conference League South with two rounds to go, the semi-finalists face each other this week as they jostle for positions to determine who faces who in the play-offs.

Oxford Cavaliers vs. Sheffield Hallam Eagles (Brookes University, 2.30pm)           

The Raiders RL vs. Coventry Bears Reserves (Parc Stebonheath, 3.30pm)

Torfaen Tigers vs. Gloucestershire Warriors (Cwmbran RFC, 2.30pm)

Valley Cougars vs. Nottingham Outlaws (Treharris RFC, 3.15pm)

 

With the top four decided in RFL Conference League South with two rounds to go, the semi-finalists face each other this week as they jostle for positions to determine who faces who in the play-offs.

 

First take on second at Treharris RFC, where Nottingham Outlaws are the visitors (kick-off 3.15pm).

 

A win for the Cougars will put the Outlaws out of the running for the minor premiership, although third placed Coventry Bears Reserves, who have a game in hand, could still technically catch them if they beat The Raiders in Llanelli.

 

Outlaws are one of only two teams to taste victory against the Cougars this year having edged a tough encounter at Highfields by 28-22 back in June and they will be hoping to lay down a marker for the looming end of season play-offs.

 

However Nottingham have lost all six games they’ve ever played in South Wales so odds will be against them.

 

Cougars coach Dafydd Hellard said: “We know how tough Nottingham are. I said at the time it was a defeat that we needed as it showed the players we weren’t invincible and as a result we’ve been far more focussed as a side since then. We want to keep our home record intact but we know Nottingham will want top spot. It’s a massive clash.”

 

Fourth placed side The Raiders host third placed Coventry Bears Reserves in Llanelli (kick-off 3.30pm) knowing that they will leapfrop over them into third place if they win and will be in touching distance of second if Valley Cougars beat Nottingham.

 

The Raiders won 84-0 away at Gloucestershire Warriors last week and with both their remaining games at home, where they are unbeaten, they know second place isn’t out of their grasp.

 

Raiders Director Andrew Thorne said: “We had a slow start to the season as we found our feet but as the year has gone on we have grown and gone from strength to strength. Our player base is growing but we still have a long way to go.

 

“We are looking forward to welcoming the Bears to Stebonheath. We lost our away trip there in the last three minutes of the game so I’m sure they will travel strong this weekend looking to secure a win in search of second place.

 

“If we manage to gain second place it could have the potential to set up an all Welsh final but we’ve got to get past this weekend first and hope other results go our way. We have enjoyed this season and hope we can finish it off with our 100% home record intact.”

 

Torfaen Tigers, whose play-off ambitions were ended last week by Coventry Bears Reserves, host Gloucestershire Warriors at Cwmbran RFC (kick-off 2.30pm) who will be smarting following their 84-0 loss at home to The Raiders.

 

The Tigers are hoping to finish fifth and chairman Rob Davies says that this will be a marvellous achievement in their first year in this league.

 

He said: “We’ve pulled off some memorable victories this season and I’m proud of how we’ve built as a club. We are still looking at finishing fifth but with the play-offs out of reach, it gives us chance to try some new combinations especially with missing a few to Wales under 18s this week.”