Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
3 days ago
Gareth Lewis of the Aberavon Fighting Irish was the days top scorer in the Total R.L Welsh Premier with a superb 36 points from four tries and 10 conversions against the Swansea Valley Miners. The Irish ran in 12 tries altogether with the Gadd brothers Liam and Neil each getting a brace. John O?Callaghan included seven players under the age of 18 in his side in a resounding victory over the Miners with Gareth More, Lee Williams, Richard Vendedaniel, Tom Precly and Sean Kelly all starring.
Swansea hit back with tries for Dai Hawkins, Ashley Jones and Scott Cole but they were no match for a rampant Aberavon.
At Taff?s Well the Cardiff Demons and Bridgend Blue Bulls were both missing their star players through Student World Cup duties, injuries and work commitments but produced an entertaining match that was locked at 14 all at half time. The Bulls took an early lead thanks to a Dean Fitzgerald try with further first half scores from Lenny Woodard and Lloyd Paget while the Demons tries came courtesy of Darren White, Gareth Holtam and John Darcy.
But the Bulls firmly took control in the second half and scored three early tries, Woodard got a second before Lloyd O?Connor and Jon Williams made it 32-14 to the Bulls. The Demons then upped a gear and played far better than in last weeks defeat to the Miners and were rewarded with the final try of the game when Demons MOTM Darren White went over for his second. Standing out for the Blue Bulls was 2nd row Carle Ellis who was superb in both attack and defence and played a part in all of Bridgend?s scores.
The shock of the day came at Sardis Road where Mark Rowley?s Cougars side beat the Newport Titans 44-30 with Robert Jones starring with a try and 4 goals, there were excellent tries came from Martin Lewis and Mark Jones while Neil McKim and Ritchie Davies scored two each for a disjointed Titans side.
Aberavon Fighting Irish 68-14 Swansea Valley Miners
Bridgend Blue Bulls 32-20 Cardiff Demons
Valley Cougars 44-30 Newport Titans
NEXT SATURDAY?S FIXTURES (25th June):
Bridgend Blue Bulls v Aberavon Fighting Irish (at The Brewery Field, Bridgend)
Newport Titans v Torfaen Tigers (at Pil Harriers RFC)
Swansea Valley Miners v Valley Cougars (at Ystralyfera RFC)