7th July 2016, 13:15
Tough trip for Torfaen plus two games in Wales
Torfaen Tigers face a tough away trip in Conference League South this Saturday as they travel to take on London Chargers. Cardiff City RL welcome last year’s runners up Aber Valley Wolves to Rumney RFC. Blaenau Gwent Sharks host Bridgend.
Torfaen Tigers face a tough away trip in Conference League South this Saturday as they travel to Old Blues RFC to take on London Chargers (kick-off 2.30pm).
A win for the Tigers will leapfrog them above West Wales Raiders and put them level on points with All Golds who are currently in a fourth place.
Chargers will open a three-point gap over Valley Cougars at the top of the league if they win, so the Tigers will not only want to assist their neighbours with a win, but increase their chances of a play-off place in the process.
Tigers’ coach Kyle Scrivens, who may not be able to make the trip as South Wales Scorpions also play on Saturday this week, knows what a difficult journey will this will be for his side.
“It’s a tough ask,” he said. “Top of the table away from home will always be difficult. It's been a tough season so far but we are still within touching distance of the play offs. So this week, it’ll be everything very much to play for, knowing that we have a run of home games just around the corner,”
Cardiff City RL welcome last year’s runners up Aber Valley Wolves to Rumney RFC for the Welsh Conference clash on Saturday (kick-off 2pm).
Aber Valley will go into the game boosted with the win over Cardiff earlier in the season, and with the play offs fast approaching, both teams will be looking to put on strong performances.
Cardiff especially will be looking to build. Team manager Nathan Davies said: “We need to get back to winning ways now after two frustrating defeats. We know Aber Valley are a well organised team with plenty of experience, hopefully the boys will get the much needed win on Saturday.”
Aber Valley Wolves’ head coach Bobby Andrews said: “We had a tough game last time out so we’re expecting more of the same. We have a tough selection headache as we were missing a few against the Bulls, but the guys who come in done really well. They had last week off so hopefully they’re rested up ready to go on Saturday.”
Blaenau Gwent Sharks will welcome back a number of last week’s absentees for this week’s big clash against Bridgend Blue Bulls at Tredegar RFC (kick-off 2pm).
The Sharks had to pull out of last week’s game at West Wales Raiders, which will be replayed, because 12 of their side completely unexpectedly decided to go to France for a couple of days break!
But with a much larger complement of players this week, the Sharks are ready to host their second game of the season.
Captain Andrew Prouse said: “The Bridgend game is one we’ve all been looking forward to. We took a bit of a hit with our squad due to the Euros but everyone is back now and raring to go. We know Bridgend will present a big challenge to us and it should be an exciting encounter.”