29th June 2011, 20:23
Conference Report 2011 Week 7
Torfaen Tigers 28 Cardiff Demons 30 by Ian Golden
Just a missed conversion separated Torfaen Tigers and Cardiff Demons in a close dramatic encounter on Wednesday evening.
Mike Hurley was the Cardiff hero kicking all five goals to the Demons tries. Daryl Carter kicked two goals for the Tigers while Chris Wanwell and Nathan Davies added one each.
From 12-0 up in 10 minutes, Cardiff were 16-12 down on 20. Tries from Idris Evans and Steffan Davies gave Cardiff the lead but the advantage went Torfaen's way after Rhys Selway, Kyle Steed and Ryan Basham all went over.
Evans went over again to level things at 16-all with the conversion giving them a slight lead at half-time.
Davies' second try on 54 minutes made the score 24-16 but Sean Watkins scored from close range straight away to bring the score back to 24-22.
Demons struck back with well worked Daniel Kenning try in the corner to make the score 30-22 before Dai Thomas' converted try brought Torfaen back into the game again.
The Tigers pounded the Demons defence for the last 10 minutes but were unable to sneak a winner.
Titans 24 Valley Cougars 34 by Earl Palmer
Valley Cougars' experience showed in this crucial game at Machen RFC as a largely inexperienced Titans side, missing their three Wales Dragonhearts players, lost 34-24 to a Valley Cougars 'A' side fielding a number of first team players.
Confernece National player Danyl Davies proved to be one of the big differences between the two sides as he scored four tries.
After a very physical and hard hitting first ten minutes, consistent pressure on the Titans line led to the Cougars crossing the line out wide for a try from Davies which Paul Emanuelli converted. Davies then scored Cougars' second, this time unconverted, the Cougars led 10-0 after 20 minutes.
The Titans got back onto the scoreboard with a try from debutant Chris Moss who forced his way over out wide, successfully converted by Callum Rowlands.
The teams then traded unconverted tries, Cougars scoring from Barrie Phillips and the Titans score coming from 18 year old hooker Jacob Wright, to give Valley Cougars a 14-10 lead at the break.
The second half started with as much aggression and physicality as the first with players from both sides putting in hit after hit. A couple of great breaks by the Cougars enabled them to score two length of the field tries by Ieuan Richards followed by Davies' third which was converted, to make the score 24-10.
Titans hit back with tries from debutant stand off Rhys Yendle who had a great first game and first time captain Jarad Hinnem. Neither were converted.
With the score at 24-18, the Cougars pulled away again, playing some good rugby scoring two tries, one a length of the field sprint from Davies for his fourth that was easily converted from in front of the posts and the other from Karl Jones making the score 34-18. The titans never gave up and kept fighting with Yendle crossing for his second try that he then converted.
Bonymaen Broncos 52 Tydfil Wildcats 18 by Kevin Brooks
Bonymaen Broncos continued their excellent form in this mid-week fixture despite eight regulars missing from the squad due to Dragonhearts commitments, showing strength in depth and blooding a number of new youngsters to the fold.
The game played at the Broncos' Parc Mawr ground in superb condition proved to be a tough challenge. Tydfil Wildcats stating their intention as early as the third minute when they crashed over for a converted try on their first attack.
Broncos hit back almost immediately with a fine score by deputant dummy half Stuart Allen, converted by stand off Stuart Thorne.
Further Broncos tries followed through Ricky James, Thorne, Chad Punchard and man of the match Robert 'Blackie' Jones. All of which were converted by Thorne. Wildcats had the last say in the first half though, scoring a fine try wide out following some great passing on the stroke of half time.
The second half proved a similar theme for the Broncos with a second try for dummy half Stuart Allen. Six minutes later debutant Daniel Clement scored a fine try after some strong running by the debutant brothers Ceri and Ricky James. It seemed Tydfil Wildcats were tiring as Bronco youngsters Joe Millen and Mark Simons were punching big holes in their defence, scoring a try apiece, however, the Wildcats rallied manfully and following excellent work by the outstanding loose forward Ryan Williams, finished the stronger of the two teams scoring two late tries.
Coventry based referee Peter Parker (no relation to Spiderman) had an outstanding game taking every opportunity to explain laws to the new players.