Wales Rugby League




24th August 2012, 13:00


Bonymaen land South Wales Conference crowd in an outstanding showdown with Bridgend


A record crowd saw four spectacular Welsh finals on an historic day at Virginia Park, Caerphilly last Sunday (August 19)..

It was the first time in Wales Rugby League history where the Premier League Senior Conference final and the Junior Finals were held at the same venue.

The last final of the day saw the reigning champions the Bridgend Blue Bulls take on the unbeaten Bonymaen Broncos for the coveted Premier League Title.

The Broncos started the game the stronger building momentum with strong running from their forwards and scoring two tries through Rob Jones and Dwayne Eager both converted by captain Ian Brookes.

The Bulls then replied with a well worked try for winger Huw Rosser making the score to 12 – 4. The Bulls then failed to capitalise on their possession, on the Broncos next set they worked towards the halfway line, on tackle four and intricate move put winger Robbie Ford into space and the speedster run 50 metres for an outstanding finish converted by Brookes.

The Bulls defended well from the kick off to regain possession and a complete set sent Lewis Tutt over for a try converted by Gareth David. Broncos had the last word of an entertaining first half when Duane Eager broke through for his second of the game, goaled by Brookes. That made the half-time score 24-10 to the Broncos.

The second half started with a bang with both sides trading tries with Paul Davies and  Brookes scoring for the Broncos goaled by Brookes and the Bulls getting over the whitewash with tries from Danyl Davies and Dai Griggs with Gareth David converting the first try,

That left the score at 36-20 to the Broncos, and with15 minutes to go the next score was crucial.

The Bulls had possession but were forcing the passes and with an offload in the tackle not going to hand the Broncos were awarded a scrum.

The Broncos were clinical with Chris Stokes crashing over in the corner. To the Bulls credit they battled on and were rewarded with tries from Richard Howells and Ricky James. Collecting the ball from the restart the Bulls look to spread the ball wide but a speculative pass was intercepted by Robbie Ford who sprinted 70 metres for his second try which was converted by Brookes.

And that meant that the Broncos took the title by 46-28.
Wales Rugby League would like to congratulate Bonymaen Broncos on winning the Premier League title in their first season at this level and our commiserations go to the runners up Bridgend Blue Bulls, the game was played in excellent spirit with both teams being superb ambassadors for the community game in Wales.