8th August 2019, 14:20
Another big weekend of rugby league in Wales
It’s another big weekend of Rugby League in Wales which all culminates with Grand Final Day this Sunday at Sardis Road in Pontypridd with four finals, the first being at 11am.
It all starts tonight (Thursday) at Shotton Steel RFC at 6.45pm when North Wales Origin continue to prepare for their Welsh Tri-Series matches when they take on the RAF (kick-off 6.45pm).
The future of Wales Rugby League starts this Friday when Wales U16 coach Lee Crooks takes another of the development sessions for South Wales’ up and coming U14 players. This takes place at Pyle RFC from 6pm-7.30pm.
Crooks turns his attention to the Wales U16 side on Saturday who are in training for a match against England at the end of the month. They’ll be put through Super League testing for four hours from midday at Sport Wales in Cardiff.
Valley Cougars will be crowned RFL Southern Conference League West Division champions if they can beat local rivals Torfaen Tigers at Nelson RFC (kick-off 3pm). The Cougars are unbeaten this season with eight wins from as many games. The Tigers have also won eight but they have suffered three defeats so far so they’ll have to be content with a second placed finish if they lose to the Cougars for a third time this season. In the same league, Cardiff Blue Dragons host Swindon St George at Glamorgan Wanderers RFC (kick-off 2.30pm).
Then on Sunday, it’s the biggest day in the Welsh domestic rugby league calendar when Pontypridd stages four exciting Grand Final matches.
The U12 Grand Final between Bridgend Blue Bulls and Aber Valley Wolves kicks things off at 11am. After a very competitive U12 league season, Bridgend qualified as league leaders, but only by two points. Aber Valley finished third, just four points behind Bridgend, and won away at Torfaen Tigers in the semi-final.
At 12.15pm, it’s the U14 Grand Final. Bridgend come into this gamel as league leaders with a unbeaten record. Their opponents today, Cynon Valley Cavaliers, were the only side to take a point from them this season, earning a draw to put them into the semi-finals in their first year as a club, where they overcame Aber Valley Wolves in the knockout game.
Cardiff Blue Dragons qualified for the U16 Grand Final which kicks off at 1.30pm, but with many of their players away this weekend, they sacrificed their place and this encounter will now be a rematch of the semi-final where second placed Torfaen Tigers beat third placed Aber Valley Wolves at home.
Finally, at 3pm, it’s the 17th Welsh Grand Final. Rhondda Outlaws and Bridgend Blue Bulls are rightly contesting the match after dominating this season. With one win each against each other in the regular campaign, it should be a great contest. Bridgend are looking for their tenth Welsh title, but for Rhondda, on their own patch, it’s their first ever Final after losing in the semi-finals in the last two years.
And if that’s all not enough rugby league to choose from, Wales’ two professional clubs are also in action on Sunday. West Wales Raiders travel to Workington Town (kick-off 3pm), whilst North Wales Crusaders host Coventry Bears at Queensway in Wrexham (kick-off 2.30pm).
WRL development manager Peter Tiffin said: “It’s a very busy weekend for rugby league in Wales. Not only to we have our grand finals day on Sunday at Sardis Road there is plenty more for everyone to enjoy over the next few days, with juniors in training, taking part in Grand Finals, and seniors at community and semi-pro level in action. It’s great to see so much going on within the sport in Wales at the minute and showcasing the talent there is to offer across the ages.”