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Gwent derby is highlight of Welsh fixtures

2nd June 2011, 12:22

Gwent derby is highlight of Welsh fixtures

The game of the day in the Rugby League Welsh Conference Premier sees

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The game of the day in the Rugby League Welsh Conference Premier sees a Gwent Derby with the Torfaen Tigers taking on the Machen-based Titans at Pontypool United RFC.

Both sides had big victories last weekend. Titans had a 76-12 win over Cardiff Demons while Torfaen won 60-16 away to the CPC Bears.

Looking ahead to the game Torfaen coach Rob Davies said: "We both had big wins last Saturday and we can't wait to get the game started. We are missing a few of our forwards but have still picked a good squad. Games between sides from Pontypool and Newport are always eagerly anticipated and closely thought, regardless of the sport or the code."

Meanwhile Titans coach Earl Palmer commented: "We are really looking forward to it. We had a great win against the Demons last weekend and hope for another at Pontypool. We have a very young side, most of whom have come through our junior age groups and the future is looking bright for the Titans."

Conference favourites Bridgend Blue Bulls host Cardiff Demons at Porthcawl RFC. Bridgend have won their opening two games while Cardiff have lost two from two but matches between the teams are normally close thought affairs.

Former Demon Mikey Rowe is expected to play against his former club having joined the Blue Bulls after moving to the area earlier in the year while player-coach Craig Fox will start after scoring a hat-trick as a substitute last weekend.

The final game sees the CPC Bears travel to take on Valley Cougars A. Despite losing at Porthcawl last week, the Cougars played some excellent Rugby League with hooker Rhodri Morris and centre James Allen scoring five tries between them and they will be favourites.

These matches are just three in another smorgasbord of encounters throughout Wales on Saturday.

In the Championship, Neath Port Talbot Steelers and Tydfil Wildcats are both looking to bounce back from opening day defeats when they face each other at Baglan RFC while newcomers Bonymaen Broncos and Dyffryn Devils will both look to keep up their 100% records when they clash at Bonymaen.

There are under 17 encounters between Penallta Storm and Blackwood Bulldogs, CPC Bears and South Coast Spartans, Tydfil Wilcats and Bridgend Blue Bulls, NPT Steelers and Torfaen Tigers, the Panthers take on GA Giants whilst Crusaders under 18s host Warrington Wolves at Caerphilly RFC.