This weekend the All Golds kick off their home programme with a visit from Torfaen Tigers (St Peter’s School, Tuffley. Kick Off 2.30pm).
Pontypool-based Tigers have already played twice this season racking up a half century of points in each of their games against Cardiff and Swindon.
However, against Swindon they conceded 36 and All Golds coach Marcus Brown will be looking at that statistic to encourage his team to record their first win of 2019.
“We had a look at the video from last week’s game with the Cougars and identified a few pointers for us to improve,” said Brown. “The boys picked these up at training and we are looking forward to tackling Torfaen.”
With no injury worries from last week’s game, Brown will be picking from strength and could well shuffle his pack for Saturday’s match.
The All Golds have worked hard in training this week looking to improve on last week’s performance where they showed good defensive muscle in the middle of the field but their attack was a bit off in terms of decision-making. The side created chances but didn’t convert them. The Cougars did – and that was the difference, particularly in the first half.
The All Golds and Tigers clashed in the Conference League South in 2016 with the All Golds winning 56-26 on home soil thanks to four tries from Harry Kidd and enjoying a big win 54-4 late on in the season but the Tigers gained some small revenge winning 52-16 in Wales.
On the basis of those scorelines, there should be plenty of points on offer.
Torfaen Tigers, formed in April 2003, joined the Welsh Division of the Rugby League Conference and finished 3rd in their inaugural season. They have quickly become one of the most successful teams in the Principality.
The Tigers managed to reach the Welsh Premier Division Grand Final as early as 2005 but fell to defeat against the all-conquering Bridgend Blue Bulls. Torfaen would eventually be crowned champions in 2013 defeating Valley Cougars in the final.
The Tigers and Cougars took their rivalry into the Conference League South for the next few seasons until a return to the Welsh competition saw the two sides contest the 2017 and 2018 Grand Finals, but Torfaen were on the losing side on both occasions.
“I’m looking for a reaction to last week and for a performance from the boys,” Brown stated. “Torfaen are a good team and we are looking forward to welcoming them to St Peter’s.”
The West of England league kicks off this weekend with six teams contesting the crown this summer. Bath RL host Oxford Cavaliers, Somerset Vikings entertain Reading Raiders while Cheltenham Phoenix travel to Swindon St George A.