5th September 2015, 19:49
Decision to be made on opponents for Welsh
Valley Cougars will finish top of the Conference South table for 2015 following a stunning 72-20 win away at Coventry Bears Reserves on Saturday but it’s still not known if they’ll face the Bears or fellow Welsh side The Raiders in the semi
Valley Cougars will finish top of the Conference South table for 2015 following a stunning 72-20 win away at Coventry Bears Reserves on Saturday but it’s still not known if they’ll face the Bears or fellow Welsh side The Raiders in the semi-finals.
With the prospect of a shorter trip to Nottingham Outlaws, the Bears have asked for a decision that deducted one league point and awarded a game to Gloucestershire Warriors be reviewed after they were unable to fulfil a fixture. A final decision will be made on this on Monday.
Coventry will not be relishing a potential trip to Treharris on Sunday after conceding 12 tries to the Welsh.
Danyl Davies led the way with four tries, Zak Williams, Ben Jones and Adam Morgan all ran over twice with Jonny Leather and Dafydd Hellard also crossing. Paul Emanuelli kicked 10 goals and Ben Jones two.
Player coach Hellard said: “We’ve already bettered last season by finishing top of the table. We don’t mind who we face in the semis but it would be nice to have a potential all Welsh final. As soon as we know who we’re facing it, we can start to advertise but whoever we’ll play it’ll be the biggest match of the season at Treharris next Saturday.”
The Raiders played their last regular game of the season against the Oxford Cavaliers on Saturday and came away with a convincing 78-18 win.
The Raiders began the game slowly and only scored after the 10 minute mark with the Cavaliers pulling one back shortly afterwards.
The game then soon opened up with the Raiders running the Cavaliers all over the park, the first half ended with the raiders ahead comfortably 34-6.
In the second half the Cavaliers fought back bravely and managed to score two tries against the tide and never ever gave up the fight, but it was the Raiders technical skills in the tackle and their attacking flair that took its toll on the Cavaliers’ defence with what seemed to be the Raiders scoring at will
Jon Ellis said: “We have lots of work to do as we approach the semi-finals next week. We know where we need to improve and how to do it but cup rugby league is who turns up for 80 minutes.
“This was our first season at this level and it’s a very hard league playing against players who’ve played at Super League and Championship. We have a few broken bodies in the team after a hard season and some players coming from union to league having a massive shock in how physical rugby league is. But they’re really loving the sport and the setup we have here and can’t wait to get stuck in at the semi-finals next week.
Curtis Ford led the way for Raiders with four tries, Nathan Beck scored a hat-trick, Dan Fox got two, whilst Shane Edwards, Alex King, Morgan Jeffries, Archie Snook and Dave Kearns all scored once with Luke Williams converting 12 times.