The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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The Bridgend Blue Bulls and Aberavon Fighting Irish served up a 14 try thriller with Bulls wing Geraint Lewis claiming a second half hat-trick including a 60 metre run along the touchline. Paul Morgan opened the scoring with a terrific chip and chase before his fellow centre Neil Dixon dived over under the posts, Jon Williams converting to give the home team an early 10-0 lead.
The visitors hit back thanks to a Gareth Lewis try before Bridgend hooker Lloyd O?Connor restored the ten point lead after a great pass from Dixon.
The brilliant Gareth Lewis then got his second for Aberavon which he goaled himself but Bridgend?s Ginger Talisman Kevin Ellis turned back the years with a superb solo try. But Aberavon showed their Fighting spirit and hit back with a late try from Robert Kim, Lewis converted to put the Irish to within 6 points at half time.
The second half belonged to Geraint Lewis, after a sluggish first half the wing grabbed two tries in the opening three minutes, but again Aberavon hit back with a try from prop Andy Llewellyn.
More tries soon followed, Lloyd O?Connor grabbed his second after a break from Jon Williams before a superb long pass from Gareth David put Grant Epton over for his seventh try of the season.
Andy Llewellyn then got his second of the match for O?Callaghan?s men before Geraint Lewis sprinted over for his hat-trick. But the final say went to Fighting Irish scrum half Michael Healy which Gareth Lewis again kicked to make the final score 50-34 to the Bulls.
In the days other match Torfaen Tigers won 24-14 at Newport Titans with Matthew Entwhistle starring with a try and five goals. Further tries came from Jeff Farthing, Jason Hill and Gareth John-Jenkins while Scott Heirene and Chris Vitaline claimed tries for the home team..
The match between Swansea Valley Miners and Valley Cougars was postponed.