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TORFAEN TIGERS 38 RHONDDA OUTLAWS 38

28th July 2018, 17:58

TORFAEN TIGERS 38 RHONDDA OUTLAWS 38

Torfaen Tigers and Rhondda Outlaws fought out a 15-try thriller in Cwmbran on Saturday with the honours even at 38-all.

TORFAEN TIGERS 38 RHONDDA OUTLAWS 38

By Ian Golden at Cwmbran RFC

Torfaen Tigers and Rhondda Outlaws fought out a 15-try thriller in Cwmbran on Saturday with the honours even at 38-all.

Outlaws were chasing a 49-point win the finish third in the final Welsh Premier League table and after coming storming out of the blocks with an early 16-0 lead, it looked like they were on their way to achieving their goal.

Tries from Mike Herbert, Tom Hopkins and Rhodri Garland, the latter two converted by Max Hendy gave them the perfect start before Dai Thomas stretched out for a try back for Torfaen which he converted himself.

A Sion Griffiths try in the corner made it 20-6 before an unconverted try by Mike Edwards gave Torfaen further hope.

But a Jackson Huntley try under the sticks, converted by Hendy made it 26-10 to Rhondda at the break.

The home side were given a talking to at half-time and it appeared to do the trick. Ewan Morris scored in the corner to opening their second half account before a 30 metre run and try from 17-year old Dai Norris gave them further hope. Thomas converted.

A Darryl Moyle try converted by Thomas levelled it at 26-all but Rhondda soon regained the lead with an unconverted Taine Hendy try.

Then Torfaen took the lead for the first time in the game when Moyle scored his second of the game and Thomas converted.

An unconverted Dean Whatley try gave Rhondda the lead back but Torfaen had the advantage once again with five minutes to go after a good run from Matt Williams and a Thomas conversion.

However, after looking to some that he’d received a forward pass, Mark Addis ran to level the scores. Max Hendy had a tricky kick to win the game but it slipped wide so honours were even.

Next week sees the semi-finals with the Outlaws travelling to Valley Cougars and the Tigers hosting Cardiff Blue Dragons.