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Super League comes to South Wales this weekend with the London Broncos taking on Hull FC at The Brewery Field and with plans to form the Celtic Crusaders firmly in place League fans in Wales will be hoping to see many more top class games in the Principality.
Due to the Super League this weekends Welsh Conference matches will be on Sunday kicking off at 2:30pm.
The pick of the games could be at Pontypool United RFC where the Torfaen Tigers take on Cardiff Demons, and Demons player-coach Andrew Bradshaw hopes his side can do the double on Kevin Weavers side. ?We have had a week off to re-gather and re-group so we should be fresh? said Bradshaw and added ?we have had a bad run of results recently but have played well against Bridgend and Newport, I am proud of all our lads and they deserve to get a win after all the commitment and guts they have shown?.
At Pil Harriers RFC the much improved Swansea Valley Miners will be hoping for revenge against the Newport Titans who scored 108 points against them earlier in the season. However since that day the Miners have beaten Cardiff Demons at Taffs Well and seriously tested the Blue Bulls so the Titans can expect a much tougher game this time.
Meanwhile the Bridgend Blue Bulls travel to Sardis Road to take on the Valley Cougars without top scorer Jon Williams and captain Kevin Ellis. However the Bulls still field a strong line up with last weeks hat-trick hero Geraint Lewis moving from the wing to centre and livewire scrum half Craig Fox makes his first start for five weeks. In their last outing the Cougars beat Newport Titans and Mark Rowley would love to be the first Welsh coach to see his side defeat the Blue Bulls. ?We are vastly improving as a side? said Rowley ?and anything is possible?.
The Cougars preparations were boasted on Wednesday when they received some coaching advice from the London Broncos and will be confident mood against the reigning Welsh Champions.
SUNDAYS FIXTURES (all K.O at 2:30pm)
Newport Titans v Swansea Valley Miners? at Pil Harriers RFC
Valley Cougars v Bridgend Blue Bulls ? at Sardis Road, Pontypridd