PREVIEW 🔍 Robert Crosby looks at what to expect in Sunday night's second State of Origin clash.
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Bridgend Blue Bulls 18-50 Newport Titans
The Newport Titans ended the Bridgend Blue Bulls reign as Welsh Champions and took away their unbeaten record at their Porthcawl home with a convincing 50-18 victory.
The Pil Harriers based team took full advantage of the under strength Bulls scoring ten tries including a first half hat-trick from Tyrone Mahoney.
Bridgend looked the stronger team in the opening quarter and scored early on after David James set up Michael John but then came the Titans onslaught and a burst up field from Damien Hudd set up Tyrone Mahoney for his first before stand-off Owen Jones took advantage of a big gap in the Bridgend defence to give his team the lead. Bridgend then found it difficult to cope with a much larger Titans outfit especially their main ball carriers Damien Hudd and Mark Wheeler, and before the break Newport ran in three more tries with Mahoney claiming two more and the third going to Hudd.
The Bulls had twice come back from similar deficits against Newport over the past two seasons but there were no heroics this time. Hudd claimed his second early on before David James got one back for Bridgend after good work from Scott Baldwin and Tevita Manaseitava but three Newport tries in five minutes from Mark Wheeler, Martin Cawley and Jared Hinem gave them a commanding and deserved 46-12 lead.
Manaseitava got a consolation score back for Bridgend but the final word went to Newports Dalton Grant and Newport celebrated a famous 50-18 win.
After the game Newport coach Earl Palmer