28th June 2011, 09:20
Torfaen to play first game in Cwmbran on Wednesday
A number of Welsh Conference games are taking place on Wednesday...
A number of Welsh Conference "local derby" games are taking place on Wednesday due to Wales Dragonhearts travelling to take on Ireland this Saturday.
Torfaen Tigers will take on Cardiff Demons at Cwmbran RFC with both side looking for a win to get their season back on track.
The Demons will still have fresh memories of their comprehensive 56-18 home victory over Torfaen 10 days ago, but will realise that the Tigers will be a tough proposition on home territory, even though the game is being played away from their traditional stamping ground of Pontypool.
It is the first open age game to ever be staged in Cwmbran and Torfaen player coach Rob Davies is looking forward to the clash.
"We are grateful to Pontypool United for their continued support over the years however the pitch is in desperate need of work," he said. "We would like to thank Cwmbran RFC for agreeing to host us for the remainder of the season.
"Cwmbran is the home of the majority of the population and business in Torfaen and the rugby union club's membership levels reflect this. It is well documented that the Tigers have been undergoing a rebuilding process over the last 18 months and this new link up provides an exciting opportunity to expose our game and our club to potential new players, juniors, spectators, volunteers and sponsors."
Caerphilly-based Valley Cougars travel the short four mile trip up the A468 to take on the Titans at Machen RFC. With Bridgend Blue Bulls, who are without a game on Wednesday, favourites to finish top, this game will go a long way to deciding second place in the league or even top spot if one of them can turn Bridgend over later this season.
With no semi-finals in the Welsh leagues this year, just the top two sides qualifying for a place in the Grand Final, every encounter against close rivals is vital and this match in Machen will be a real four-pointer.
"It's all still wide open," said Cougars coach Steve Parry. "If we can win on Wednesday night then beat Bridgend at home, then it'll throw everything wide open.
"It's a tough season for us, our first one with two teams. We just want to go out and there and win every game and hopefully make the Grand Final again. All of our players and working hard and we'll have a committed team out against the Titans,"
Bridgend were due to host CPC Bears this Wednesday but this game is now due to be played on Sunday 17th July at Porthcawl RFC.
The two games in the Championship see Bonymaen Broncos host Tydfil Wildcats and a crunch match between NPT Steelers and Dyffryn Devils at Aberavon Greenstars RFC.