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Blue Bulls to take on Scorpions

21st April 2016, 10:02

Blue Bulls to take on Scorpions

South Wales Scorpions’ second team travel to Pyle RFC on Sunday to face Bridgend Blue Bulls in a pre-season friendly (kick-off 3pm).

South Wales Scorpions’ second team travel to Pyle RFC on Sunday to face Bridgend Blue Bulls in a pre-season friendly (kick-off 3pm).

 

Bridgend will use this game as important preparation in their defence of the Welsh Conference title whilst for the Scorpions youngsters, it will be great experience playing against an established community side.

 

The two clubs are officially linked and this is the first historic game between them since the partnership commenced.

 

Blue Bulls’ team manager Steve Smith said: “Our game all the way back in January in the Challenge Cup was an historic moment for the club. A spirited performance and a never say due attitude ended with a hard lesson learned, but we had a great experience and has given us the motivation to get to the second round next year. 

 

“Developing links between Bridgend Blue Bulls and South Wales Scorpions is a great opportunity for both teams and It's a fantastic opportunity for the bulls players to have a competitive start to pre-season and a potential pathway to a higher level of the game .

 

“It will be a change for both squads to have game time. Pressure is on us to defend the title for a third year but we will be up for the challenge.

 

“In other club news, recruitment in our junior section has been overwhelming player wise, we just need a few volunteers to help run the game day operations. The future is looking strong for the Bulls.”

 

Scorpions’ head of youth Paul Emanuelli and captain Zak Williams will both miss the game as they’ll playing for the first team at York, but the side will be in good hands with Dai Goddard and Tarek Hussein taking charge off the field and Ben Jones set to lead the side on it.

 

Emanuelli said: “Everyone is really looking forward to Sunday's game, we've not had a fixture for the last few weeks so the opportunity to play Bridgend has come at the right time for us.

 

“The boys have had a spring in their step this week and are looking forward to getting some game time.

 

“Having played against the Blue Bulls many times as a player I know that they'll really bring a big challenge for us on the weekend. 

 

“I'm going to be missing a handful of lads due to Wales students training and captain Zak Williams being with the senior squad but our squad is full of talent and we have an exciting looking side ready to take Bridgend on at the weekend.”

 

 

BRIDGEND (from)

1 Nathan Hawkins

2 Gareth Howells

3 Scott Johnson

4 Kieren Tomlin

5 Lloyd Allen

6 Lewis Allen

7 Tom Ansen

8 Jack Dryden

9 Daniel Forrester

10 Lloyd Giles

11 Dai Griggs

12 Rhys Haines

13 Aaron Harries

14 Kerian Hooper

15 Lewis Hughes

16 Nathaniel James

17 Thomas "Shinko" Jenkins

18 Gareth Lewis

19 Nathan Morgan

20 Joe Morgans

21 Joe Symons

22 Josh Tame

23 Marcus Thomas

24 Owen Thomas

25 Brodie Watkins

26 Owain Williams

27 Dale Wood

28 Issac Morris

29 Matthew Tame

THURS 22:36

 

Paul

 

1. Ben Jones (Captain)

3. Paul Edwards

4. Josh Stafford-smith

6. Shane Lee

7. Rhys Gant   

10. Jake Thomas

11. Josh Williams

12. Rhys Finney  

17. Tom Plance

18. Sam Buckthought  

20.Matt Williams   

24. Josh Bardon

25. Macauley Harris 

28.. Liam silver 

31. Liam maule 

32. Huw parks

33. Fraser Stroud

34. Rhys Davies

 “We were poor, we prepared well and only had ourselves to blame. Fair play to Hemel, they did exactly what they had to do and did it well.

“We’re a little bit sore this week and we’ve got a tough test up in York. We had a good training session in midweek so we’ll be OK.”

Centre Jordan Sheridan and half-back Christian Hawkes are both missing this week.