Welsh sides to meet this Sunday in game to savour

South Wales Scorpions Rugby League Club travel to Nelson RFC this Sunday to take on Welsh champions Valley Cougars (kick-off 2pm) in their final pre-season friendly before their competitive season starts.
However it will be a friendly in name only as both sides will have points to prove following the results of their first games of 2011.
The Scorpions opened their 2011 account last Friday with a competitive performance at Cardiff Arms Park but they eventually lost out 10-28 to a strong Warrington Wolves XIII in a friendly.
Valley Cougars go into this game on the back of a 24-30 defeat to The British Army in the First Round of the Cup last month in a game that they ultimately could have won. The Welsh Champions will be entering the Co-operative Conference National this year, a level up from the Welsh Conference, and this game against the Scorpions will be a perfect test for them as they go into what will be a very challenging season.
It will be the Scorpions’ final chance for a hit-out before the big Carnegie Challenge Cup match against Dewsbury Rams at The Gnoll on March 6th and Scorpions’ General Manager Mark Rowley knows that they will have a tough game against a Cougars side who will have a point to prove.

“The Cougars were unlucky to lose against The Army,” he said. “They were the best side out there, it was just fitness that told in the end.

“With the Scorpions and the Cougars linking up to provide a player pathway this season, there will be a lot of Cougars players trying to impress while the Scorpions players will all be aiming for a place in the side against Dewsbury in the Challenge Cup on March 6th. I think it’ll be a really exciting game, it’ll be a friendly in name only and I’m expected a large crowd in Nelson to see this game.”

Season tickets for the Scorpions’ second season include free entry to the Challenge Cup game on March 6th. Priced at £35 for concessions and £80 for adults, they can be bought by going to www.scorpionsrl.com.


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