Wales Rugby League



Cougars double header at Caerphilly

9th June 2011, 11:38

Cougars double header at Caerphilly

Both Valley Cougars teams will be on display at Virginia Park

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For the second weekend running Caerphilly will be the hub for Rugby League in Wales with a Valley Cougars double header this Saturday.

On the back of Scorpions Super Sunday - which saw South Wales Scorpions host Workington Town at Virginia Park - both Cougars teams will play their home games back-to-back, allowing fans the chance to see both teams in action.

The first team take on Bramley Buffaloes (3pm kick off) in the Conference National and will be looking to wipe the slate clean after a heavy defeat in Featherstone.

A number of regular first teamers that were unavailable last time out come back into contention for clash against a team who has won the competition in 2006 and 2009.

Bramley secured their first win of the season last time out against Nottingham Outlaws, but the Cougars have proven to be strong at home thus far.

The Cougars have won three out of their four home games, with a slight hiccup coming at Rhydyfelin against Kippax Knights.

As a curtain raiser for the Conference National clash, Valley Cougars 'A' entertain Torfaen Tigers in the Welsh Conference (1pm kick off).

The Cougars will be all too aware of the strength of the Tigers, having faced them in a pre-season friendly.

Several of the Cougars 'A' team made their first appearances for the senior side in Featherstone last week, and the experience should stand those players in good stead for the future.

The 'A' team has had mixed fortunes in the league thus far - an opening day win against Cardiff Demons was followed up by a spirited defeat to Bridgend Blue Bulls.

The two other games in the Conference Premier will go a long way to deciding the positioning of the league at the end of the season.

At Machen RFC, the ever improving Titans take on Bridgend Blue Bulls. Both sides are unbeaten so far this season and both will field strong squads to try maintain that 100% record.

The Titans have built a very strong side and the emergence of talented young players such as Adam Davies, Rhys Meredith and Dale Tucker along with seasoned Titans Jarrad Hinem and new boy Andy Whittingham has provided them with a good core group that will only get better in time.

Looking ahead to the game Titans coach Earl Palmer said: "The Bridgend game will be a huge test for our young side, but its one we are relishing."

The Blue Bulls will welcome back former Celtic Crusader Grant Epton for the game while Gareth Howells and Lloyd Ryland will team up together at centre, the duo have played there for the Bridgend Ravens union team during the winter, and hope to bring there success together into the 13 man game. Seventeen year old Josh Miles returns at scrum half while prop Stephen Maysmith will make his debut.

At the foot of the table, Cardiff Demons and CPC Bears are both looking for their first win. They meet at St Albans RFC in Cardiff with the Demons excited about the game after a player boost following a club meeting last weekend. Neither side will want to be relegated in 2012 so for both Cardiff and the Carmarthen-based Bears, the season starts here.

Meanwhile in the Championship, Bonymaen Broncos will have a tough task at Tydfil Wildcats' Dowlais RFC ground as they aim to protect their 100% record while Neath Port Talbot Steelers travel to Penybanc RFC to take on Dyffryn Devils looking for their first win of the season.

All players will have an extra incentive to play well with the Wales Dragonheart trials taking place the following day at Porthcawl RFC.