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Double header in Llanelli this Saturday

17th May 2018, 14:03

Double header in Llanelli this Saturday

There is a rugby league double headers to enjoy this Saturday with matches at Stebonheath Park in Llanelli. The games at Cardiff have been postponed due to a lack of available match officials.

 

The encounter in the west sees new club Llanelli Knights kick off their Welsh Premier League campaign when they host last season’s runners up Torfaen Tigers (kick-off 11.30am) before West Wales Raiders entertain Oldham in a Betfred League 1 match (kick-off 3pm).

Torfaen started their league campaign last week with a strong 60-18 win at Cardiff Blue Dragons whilst this is Llanelli’s first game of the season in the Premier League after the club launched at junior level last week with two narrow defeats at Bridgend Blue Bulls.

West Wales Raiders will know they’re in for another tough encounter against Oldham but after showing improvement in last week’s defeat to Doncaster where they only lost the second half by five tries to three and won the penalty count in that match, they’ll be confident of further progress this week and putting in a good performance.

Raiders’ hooker Connor Farrer is set to make his fourth outing for the Raiders this season which will be his 99th professional appearance. He has scored two tries so far this season.

Farrer played 89 times for South Wales Scorpions / Ironmen scoring 37 tries. He has won six Wales caps so far, scoring one try.

Other Wales international Steve Parry and Morgan Evans are also expected to star for West Wales, along with the experienced Connor Parker, Ross Price, Harrison Elliott and Craig Lewis.

Former Llanelli and Swansea rugby union full-back Andrew Rees Spowart, could make his Raiders debut.

On Sunday, Cardiff Blue Dragons host two brand new sides with Valley Cougars launching their under 15s and travelling to the capital, whilst Penlan Wild Stallions of Swansea travels from the west to take on Cardiff at under 13 level.

Matt Brooks from the Stallions said: "We are looking forward to our new venture into Welsh Rugby League. We have already received a great welcome by all involved and plenty early support in starting our new team. We are hopeful that we can develop as a club within rugby league, and promote the game within our area too."

On Sunday, Aber Valley Wolves kick off their junior league campaign as they field four sides.

Their under 17s travel to Cardiff and the rest travel for a triple header at Bridgend Blue Bulls, with both clubs taking advantage of their giant under 13 squads by having an under 13 “development” friendly before their league match. They also face each other at under 15 level at Bridgend’s Pyle RFC ground. The action starts at 10am.

Jason Oates from Aber Valley Wolves said: “We want to get through to the finals, we play to win. We’re especially strong at under 13s side with 40 players currently in training so we want to get more players into the professional game. A few of our lads are currently playing at Wigan which we’re really proud about and we’ve some more good talent coming through.”

Meanwhile in Wrexham on Sunday, North Wales Crusaders host Keighley Cougars in Betfred League 1 (kick-off 2.30pm).

Crusaders knocked Keighley out of the Challenge Cup earlier this season and Crusaders coach Anthony Murray knows that it will be fresh in the Keighley players’ minds.

He said: “Both teams have made improvements and will have some more game time under our belts going into what is a vital clash in terms of both side’s play-off ambitions.

 

“That being said, I’m sure that Keighley will have the Challenge Cup game firmly in their minds, and will be looking for revenge.”

He said: “Both teams have made improvements and will have some more game time under our belts going into what is a vital clash in terms of both side’s play-off ambitions.

 

“That being said, I’m sure that Keighley will have the Challenge Cup game firmly in their minds, and will be looking for revenge.”