Wales Rugby League



Demons and Cougars kick off double header

23rd June 2011, 12:58

Demons and Cougars kick off double header

The game of the weekend in the Rugby League Welsh Conference Premier w

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The game of the weekend in the Rugby League Welsh Conference Premier will see the Cardiff Demons take a short trip to take on Valley Cougars A in the first of a double header at Caerphilly RFC.

The Demons had a horrendous start to the season losing their opening three games, but an emergency meeting a positive recruitment of some quality new players has helped save the fortunes of Wales' longest running Rugby League team.

Cardiff picked up an empathetic 56-18 win over Torfaen Tigers last week with player-coach and stand-off Idris Evans running the show.

Looking ahead to the Cougars game, Evans said: "We were struggling as a club just a couple of weeks ago, but with some old hands back in the Demons ranks both on and off the field, coupled with some really good performers who have started to play for us, everything is looking great and we can't wait to face the Cougars this weekend."

This game kicks off at 1pm with Valley Cougars' first team taking on Coventry Bears in the Co-operative Conference National at 3pm.

Meanwhile at Porthcawl RFC, Bridgend Blue Bulls host Torfaen Tigers hoping for a fifth straight victory.

The Conference favourites scored 14 tries last weekend in a 74-12 win over Carmarthen-based CPC Bears with Dragonhearts duo Gareth Howells and Grant Epton putting in excellent performances scoring 36 points between them. Debutants Matthew Dwyer, Richard Llewellyn and Nathan Trowbridge also shone.

Bridgend will again be without Gareth David and Matthew Hutchings so Gareth Howells is expected to continue at stand-off where he will partner Dragonhearts' player-coach Craig Fox.

The Tigers have won just a single game this summer but have been unlucky with late narrow defeats to the Titans and Cougars. They have named former Wales international Damien Hudd in their squad and he will be a big boost.

Torfaen head coach Rob Davies said: "We were below par against the Demons last week and hope we can bounce back this Saturday. Our discipline costs us at times and this will need to improve if we are to have any chance against the Blue Bulls."

At Machen, the Titans will hope to get back to winning ways when they host the CPC Bears and they will be favourites to do so with Dragonhearts squad members Rhys Meredith and Kristian Hawkes in top form.

Meanwhile in the Welsh Championship, Bonymaen Broncos are looking to preserve their 100% record when they travel to Aberavon Greenstars to take on NPT Steelers. Tydfil Wildcats host Dyffryn Devils at Dowlais RFC.