5th May 2019, 16:08
Wins for Tigers and Cougars in Southern Conference week 2
The Welsh hosted the English on Saturday and both recorded victories.
TORFAEN TIGERS 50 SWINDON ST GEORGE 36
Torfaen Tigers earned a hard-fought win at home to Swindon St George, running out 50-36 victors.
The home side were never behind, but it was a see-saw game throughout, and once they had gained a two-try advantage in the second half, it was enough to secure Torfaen the win.
Ieuan Beale scored in the corner for Torfaen’s first try. Kurtis Haile followed him underneath the sticks with Andrew Barlow converting to make it 10-0.
Swindon hit back near to the half hour with a try in the corner from Jordan Roberts which was converted well by Rhys Evans before an unconverted try from Nathan Hayes made it 10-10
Torfaen regained the lead five minutes before the break when Jared Hinnem scored in the corner and Rob Davies followed him over just before the whistle to put the half-time score on 18-10.
Swindon soon pulled it back to 18-all after Maleli Naiora and K Sekope Sokowasa each scored unconverted tries.
Ben Swift scored for Torfaen to put them back in the lead before Callum Loader replied for Swindon and it was back level at 22-all.
After that, Torfaen pulled away with two converted tries and that sealed the game - Swift and Grant Harrington went over in quick succession with Ieuan Beale improving.
That made it 34-22 and the scores then went one for one until the end of the game. Swindon’s remaining scorers came from Jack Daynes, Harry Daynes and Sokowasa with Evans adding a conversion, whilst Torfaen scored through Byron Edwards, Brett Thomas and Swift with two further conversions from Beale.
VALLEY COUGARS 42 ALL GOLDS 8
Valley Cougars easily overcame the challenge of Gloucestershire All Golds winning 42-8, taking the lead in the ninth minute with an unconverted Zak Williams try.
Shaun Webber soon added two further tries to put the score onto 12-0 before a Dean Higgs try on the half-hour converted by Mike Hurley made the score 18-0.
After regaining the ball from kick-off, Jack Uren got a try back for the All Golds and Dale Cooper added another from their next set. Both went unconverted so the Cougars went into the break 18-8 up.
The second half was all Cougars. Lewys Willacott, Craig Lewis, Anton Ramsey and Shaun Webber all crossed for tries with Hurley converting them all.