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Saturday June 12th - 2.30pm kick offs Total RL.com Rugby League Conference Week 8 Bridgend Blue Bulls v Swansea Valley Miners (Bridgend Town FC) Aberavon Fighting Irish v Newport Titans (Aberavon Greenstars RFC) Sunday June 13th - 2.30pm kick off Total RL.com Rugby League Conference Week 8 Torfaen Tigers v Cardiff Demons (Pontypool United RFC)
Bridgend Blue Bulls are strong favourites to beat Swansea Valley Miners at Bridgend Town FC (kick-off 2.30pm) following Swansea's 60-17 defeat at Torfaen last week. However, Swansea coach Neville Price rightly claims that last week's score did not reflect the performance from the Valley Miners. Price comments "The tries for Torfaen were scored in the last 20 minutes of the first half and the first 15 minutes of the second. Our downfall was organisation and Rugby League knowledge on the field of play. Learning from this, we're more than prepared to face Bridgend this week." Third place Newport Titans will be looking to bounce back from their 36-6 loss at Bridgend Blue Bulls last week as they face another tricky away trip on Saturday. Second place Aberavon Fighting Irish lie in waiting for them at Aberavon Greenstars RFC (kick-off 2.30pm) and Newport coach Dan Clements know that a win is crucial to keep up their hunt for a play-off spot. "We were brought down to earth last week," Clements comments, "This week will be just as tough as we're missing a few players due to injury. All I'm asking of the lads is to get out there and give 100% and hopefully we'll pull off a shock." Cardiff Demons match at Torfaen Tigers' Pontypool United ground has been moved back 24 hours and will now be played this Sunday (kick-off 2.30pm). Cardiff are on a roll after two comprehensive wins on the bounce and are expected to field an unchanged side from the one that beat Valley Cougars 50-26 last Saturday. Demons coach Wayne Williams is confident that his side can continue their good form. Williams comments "We're now full of confidence and are looking forward to Sunday's match. We've played extremelly well for the last two games and have been rewarded with wins. Torfaen are a tough team and we need to keep playing the way we have done in order to secue another victory."