7th August 2011, 17:52
Conference Report 2011 - Cougars book Grand Final
Valley Cougars 'A' will face Bridgend Blue Bulls in next week's final
Valley Cougars ‘A' left it late to book their place in the Grand Final after a hard-fought 24-20 win over Newport Titans.
In a game that saw both teams take it in turns to score, Cougars wing Danyl Davies broke that sequence two minutes from time - gifting the Cougars a two-try lead for the closing stages.
The opening exchanges were rife with errors due to the torrential conditions but the Cougars took the lead when James Allen turned the ball inside to Steve Williams who crossed to score - Aled Richards' conversion drifting just wide of the posts.
The Titans hit back after a succession of penalties gave them the attacking platform from which Chriss Moss powered his way over. Rhys Hendley converted to put the Titans in front.
Having been provider for the ‘A' team's opening try, Allen then dived over from close range with Richards adding the extras.
The Cougars were a man down shortly as Liam Williams was sin binned for a high shot.
Marc England levelled it for the Titans with a well-worked try before Allen turned provider once more - setting up brother Craig to power over after initial strong running from Michael Webb and Darren Baker.
Nathan Bird then crossed for the visitors, before Williams exploited sloppy marking to sneak over from a yard out.
The to-and-fro nature of the game saw the Titans apply further pressure to the Cougars line. Jarrad Hinnem made the pressure tell when the half-back took a quick tap penalty quickly - Hendley converting to bring the score back to just two points.
Having spotted an overlap down the right hand side, Hinnem looked to go wide but Davies latched onto a misplaced pass and the flier went the length of the field to secure a Grand Final place for the Cougars.
The Cougars will now face league winners Bridgend Blue Bulls for the chance to retain their Welsh Conference crown.