First game a baptism of fire for the Saints

South Wales Saints, drafted in as a late replacement for Aber Valley Wolves in the South Wales Men’s League were given a baptism of fire in their first ever match.

Kian Parlour scored the historic first ever try for the men from Penygraig, who were initially just going to play friendly matches this year, in the 15th minute but they were already four tries down by that time. With the half-time score at 42-4, the Blue Bulls scored 17 tries in the end as they romped to a club record winning margin of 88-4.

Steffan Jones led the way with a hat-trick, Lewis Ingram, Rhys Perry, Joe Anderson and Dylan Rees-Davies each went over for a brace, whilst Aaron Harries, Corey Harris, Llewellyn Hawkes, Fraiser Stead, Ben Jackson and Liam Jones each scored once. Harris kicked three goals and Hawkes seven, the last of which broke a 20-year old club record. In the very first season of the Welsh League, the Bulls overcame Swansea 84-1.

It was a closer game in Port Talbot where Aberavon Fighting Irish edged out Cynon Valley Cavaliers 32-26 with the score at 16-all at half-time. Jake Price scored two tries and kicked two goals for Aberavon with Jack Dacey, Owen Evans, Dylan McLachlan and Jordon Crealock also running over. Keiran Brennan added a couple more goals. Cynon Valley’s Alex Burton also scored a brace, Jack Kathrens, Ben Miller and Jamie Price added further tries.