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Saturday 4th June Total Rl.com Rugby League Conference Premier Wales (kick-offs 2.30pm)
Bridgend Blue Bulls v Torfaen Tigers (Porthcawl RFC)
Valley Cougars v Aberavon Fighting Irish (Sardis Road, Pontypridd)
Sunday 5th June (both matches at Chosen Hill, Gloucestershire)
Rugby League Under 19 international
England U19 v Wales U19 (kick-off 12.30pm)
Rugby League International Challenge Match
England A v Wales Students (kick-off 2.30pm)
Rugby League goes to the seaside this Saturday when Bridgend Blue Bulls take their Total Rl.com Welsh Conference Premier match with Torfaen Tigers to Porthcawl RFC. Porthcawl's first ever major rugby league match is being played because the Brewery Field pitch is being reseeded for forthcoming big matches at the ground.
While Bridgend have a 100% record this season, Torfaen have surprisingly failed to win a match and are languishing at the bottom end of the table. It will need a big improvement from the Pontypool-based side to overturn the form book this week. At Sardis Road, Valley Cougars aim to repeat last season's feat of beating Aberavon Fighting Irish at the famous old ground. Cougars will be full of confidence after their narrow 31-30 win over Cardiff Demons last week and will be extra fired up with the news that Aberavon will have seven first choice players out of the side on student international duty for Wales against England at Gloucester on Sunday.
"We went in to the Cardiff match believing we were going to win." said Cougars coach Mark Rowley. "We're going into this game with the same attitude. We beat Aberavon last year on an international weekend and I see no reason why we can't do the same again this time around."
Aberavon moved up to third place last week when they edged out Torfaen 38-34 last week. A win for the Cougars will take them on equal points with the Fighting Irish in the race for the play-offs.
Cardiff Demons will also be feeling the effects of Sunday's Wales Student international as Mark Dando, Dewi Scourfield, Matt Jackson and Austin Saunders will also be missing from the team for the second week in a row.
However, Gareth Jones, who missed last week's defeat against the Cougars, should be available for the trip to Newport Titans. Jones scored the winning try against the Titans last year in the dramatic Welsh Shield Final that ended 38-35 in favour of the Demons. A repeat performance at Pill Harriers on Saturday will put the Demons back in contention for a play-off spot.