1st July 2017, 16:49
BRIDGEND BLUE BULLS 40 TORFAEN TIGERS 24
PIC - Torfaen beat Bridgend at under 13 level, in a match played before the open- age game.
Torfaen Tigers missed a chance to temporarily go top of the Welsh Premier League after losing 40-24 at Bridgend Blue Bulls on a perfect surface at Pyle RFC.
Bridgend looked to be cruising to victory early on as they scored two early tries, John Lloyd scoring in the first minute to open proceedings with Nicky Giles quickly adding a second, but Torfaen had pulled it back to 18-14 at the interval.
Torfaen struck back to make it 12-6 when John Daniels scored under the posts and Luke Brown converted but Dan Forrester got a third for Bridgend after they put pressure on. Gareth Howells converted as he did the first two.
But the Tigers scored two more before the break to make a game of it. First, Sam Baker leapt on a grubber before Matt Cummins went over. Both went unconverted.
Bridgend came storming out in the second half. Rhys Pope’s unconverted try made it 22-14 before Rowland Kaye, guesting for Bridgend after West Wales’ game was called off, dived over with Howells converting.
Giles and Lloyd then both notched their second tries of the game with the strong wind putting paid to any extras. That made it 36-14 before Torfaen staged a mini-revival. Gareth Moorcroft was first over, then Sam Taylor, which Brown converted to bring the score back to 36-24.
However Bridgend had the last say. Howells diving over in the last play of the game. He was unable to convert his own try but Bridgend’s win certainly opens up the league.
Before this game, Torfaen Tigers beat Bridgend Blue Bulls 34-10 at under 13 level, with West Wales Raiders winning at DW Wildcats 38-18 at the same age-group.
Bridgend – Tries – John Lloyd (2), Nicky Giles (2), Dan Forrester, Rhys Pope, Rowland Kaye, Gareth Howells. Goals: Gareth Howells (4)
Torfaen – Tries – John Daniels, Sam Baker, Matt Cummins, Gareth Moorcroft, Sam Taylor. Goals: Luke Brown (2)