17th August 2014, 14:24
South Wales Grand Finals Round Up
Valley Cougars win the Welsh Shield Final while Cardiff Spartans and Casnewydd Saints win junior finals.
SOUTH WALES CONFERENCE SHIELD FINAL
VALLEY COUGARS 54 NEWPORT TITANS 10
By Paul Hart
Valley Cougars were victorious in the South Wales Conference Shield Final, beating Newport Titans 54-10
They were guided all the way by veteran Hooker Rhodri Morris who opened the scoring with a close range snipe after 10 minutes.
He then turned provider after 20 minutes for Luke Price. Both kicks were missed making the score 8-0.
A grubber kick into the Titans end zone caused confusion and James Allen was able to drop of the ball for the Cougars third, but again the kick was missed.
With five minutes to the break Luke Price broke from the base of the scrum to score and Kevin James landed the Cougars first conversion of the day making the score 18-0.
With half-time approaching the Cougars were dominant and when James Greco was left with a one-on-one, he scored wide out to take the score to 22 and then 24 with James' conversion.
There was still time in the half for one more Cougars try. Titans half-back Earl Palmer who had previously kicked two restarts out on the full, was this time unsuccessful with a cheeky short restart from which the Cougars gathered possession and Kevin James scoring out wide.
It definitely wasn't the Hollywood ending that Newport’s Earl Palmer was hoping for in his last match.
The start of the second half was a tighter affair with the score staying at 28-0 until Julian Pool got the Titans on the scoreboard after an hour. Palmer's miserable afternoon with the boot continued as he missed the easy conversion.
The Cougars then returned to their dominant form scoring three quick tries, firstly a hat-trick try from Luke Price then another from Liam Price before James Allen ran in without a hand laid on him. Kevin James converted the latter two to take the score to 44-4.
The 50-point mark was brought up by an excellent touch line conversion by Kevin James after a try by Jamie Marsh.
Titans replied when Richard Davies scored from a repeat set and Earl Palmer converted.
The final say went to Cougars Kevin James who scored on the hooter, he chose not to convert his own try and have the opportunity to Clive Robinson who pushed it wide.
UNDER 14 – CARDIFF SPARTANS 28 NEATH AND DISTRICT SCORPIONS 12
By Ian Lovell
A strong second half saw the Spartans pull away and claim the Under 14 Grand Final.
Scorpions scored first with an early try from scrum half Jac Morgan with Kurtis Davies adding the goal.
It didn’t take long for Spartans to get back into the game as Corey Dash crossed for an unconverted try. Ben Jones and James Bartlett also crossed for unconverted tries as half time arrived with Spartans 12-6 ahead.
Spartans increased their shortly after half time through Karlin Claridge with Ben Jones converting.
Spartans captain and Man of the Match Joe Meluish ran in the fifth try just right of the posts, Ben Jones adding the extras to put the his side 24-6 ahead and effectively the game was over.
They completed their scoring after 28 minutes when James Bartlett ran through for a try on the right but there was still time for Kingsley Morgans to add a consolation try under the sticks for the Scorpions, goaled by Kurtis Davies. But it was too little too late as Spartans held on to win their first piece of silverware.
CASNEWYDD SAINTS 30 GWENDRAETH VALLEY RAIDERS 22
By Ian Lovell
Saints’ James McCarthy ran in four tries to earn the Man of the Match accolade as his side claimed the Under 15 title.
Connor Holland’s early try improved upon by James McCarthy put Saints ahead early on before Raiders hit back with tries from Owen Lewis and Matthew Brook, Shane Edwards converting the first.
Saints hit back with two tries by James McCarthy one of which he converted to put his side 16-10 ahead at the interval.
Raiders fought hard to get back into the game and we rewarded with a try from David Jones converted by Shane Edwards to tie up the scores.
Ryan James’ unconverted try bough Saints back into the game before Shane Edwards crossed for a try for Raiders and then picked himself to add the conversion.
Saints were not going to be denied as James McCarthy crossed for two further tries one of which he converted as his team held out to claim silverware in their first ever season.