7th July 2011, 12:57
Top of the table clash in Blackwood on Saturday
The game of the day in the Welsh Conference Premier this weekend is at
The game of the day in the Welsh Conference Premier this weekend is at Blackwood RFC is a top of the table clash between the Valley Cougars and Bridgend Blue Bulls. The Cougars beat the Blue Bulls 48-46 in last year's Grand Final showpiece but Bridgend won 48-36 the last time the clubs meet at Porthcawl RFC.
Both sides are on equal points at the top of the table but the reigning Champions have played one more game. Bridgend will be without Dragonhearts' captain Gareth Howells for the clash but they welcome back his brother Richard Howells and Matthew Hutchings who both return from injury.
The Cougars A team have done surprisingly well this season after losing most of their first team players to the Conference National side and haven't lost a home game in over two years and the match will go a long way to decide who finishes top. Both of their Dragonhearts squad members James Allen and Rhodri Morris will be keen to prove a point after being left out of the side that played Ireland.
Meanwhile third play fourth at St Albans RFC in Cardiff when the Demons host the Titans. The Titans hammered Cardiff earlier in the season but the Demons have vastly improved this then and a close encounter is expected. Ahead of the game Demons player-coach Idris Evans said: "We had a bad start to the season but things are coming on well now, especially since we had an emergency meeting and sorted out many off field problems and we are looking forward to the game and to hopefully getting our third win of the summer."
But the Titans will be tough, their three Dragonhearts, Dale Tucker, Kristian Hawkes and Rhys Meredith all had excellent games over in Limerick and will want to hope to pass on that good form to their Titans team-mates.
The final game sees the Torfaen Tigers host CPC Bears at New Panteg RFC. The Tigers only victory this season was against the Bears when they played them at Carmarthen and with the bottom side likely to be relegated into the Championship Conference next year, both sides will be desperate for their second wins of the campaign.
Meanwhile, in the Championship, the in-form Bonymaen Broncos will be firm favourites to pick up win number six when they travel to Merthyr to take on the Tydfil Wildcats. They will be without Wales trio Neil White, Robbie Morris and Richard Murphy but the Brooks brothers Richard and Ian and their fellow Dragonheart Richard Williams will all line up.