6th July 2018, 09:57
Want to watch a big match on Saturday afternoon? Look no further than Wales
The battle for top of the Welsh Premier League heats up this Saturday when the two best sides face off at Cwmbran RFC, Torfaen Tigers hosting Valley Cougars (kick-off 2.30pm).
The Cougars won a tight battle in Treharris last month, only leading in the last few minutes of the game thanks to two Dean Higgs tries.
Torfaen know that only a win will keep up their realistic hopes of finishing top of the table and they can’t wait for their biggest game of the regular season.
Their head coach Ian Newbury said: “The last encounter was a closely run affair. We led for a large portion of the game but couldn’t see it home. The boys have been improving week on week, so hopefully we can put right our mistakes and finish off the game this time out. I’m expecting another physical encounter and a good watch as always."
Cougars’ team manager Liam Price said: “We know we have a tough game on our hands before we even get there. We have been close rivals now for a few years now and every game is as tough as the last. In the last encounter, we just got over the line with a very close win. As much as we would love to win more comfortably, we expect much of the same as last time, a very tough physical encounter.”
At Glamorgan Wanderers, Cardiff Blue Dragons host Rhondda Outlaws (kick-off 2.30pm) with both sides competing for third place in the final table.
Rhondda competed well against Torfaen last week but were ultimately defeated whilst Cardiff will be confident after last week’s last win over Bridgend.
Cardiff chairman John Wickham said: “It’s been a difficult first half of the season however we can see an improvement in our recent performances and the squad despite some heavy defeats have bonded well. We showed last week what we can do with structure and leadership and we aim to build on that on Saturday.
“We cannot take the Outlaws lightly, they play a physical game of rugby league and will test our defence for the whole 80 minutes. However we are confident that we can rise to the challenge.”
At Deeside Leisure Centre, North Wales Crusaders A host Latchford Albion A in a North-West Counties friendly match (kick-off 2.30pm), whilst on Sunday, the Crusaders first team are also at home, facing Whitehaven at Queensway (kick-off 2.30pm). West Wales Raiders travel to Oldham.
In the junior leagues on Sunday, Cardiff Blue Dragons host Bridgend Blue Bulls at under 13 and 15 levels whilst Torfaen Tigers under 13s face Penlan Wild Stallions.