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Bridgend 60-10 Leeds Akkies
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An exhilarating 11-try display saw Bridgend take the Harry Jepson Trophy for the second time in three seasons with a record Grand Final victory at the Brewery Field.

Brilliant off-loading amongst the back division with Lenny Woodard and Paul Morgan capitalising on the guile of halves Kevin Ellis and classy Bev Risman medal-winner Gareth David tore the Akkies apart.

Against the run of play, Leon Crick's clever chip over forced Bridgend's Neil Dixon to spill the ball and Duncan Ogilvie eventually found his way through to cross under the posts for the opening Leeds score.

Bridgend's reply was devastating with three tries in four minutes as they made the most of a glut of possession by keeping the ball alive.

Craig Fox nipped over from acting half-back for the first; a powerful Woodward charge set up Ellis before Morgan produced a moment of solo magic to dive over out wide.

Matthew Wareham then sent Owen Strong on a clear run to the line to make it 22-6.

The Bulls showed their class with a 90-metre counter-attack which eventually ended with Gareth David crossing.

Just before the break, Lewis made ground up the middle and Woodard went on a 40-metre diagonal run to the line to take the sides in at 34-6.

Akkies started the second half well and Matt Carbutt sent Ben Nabozny over in the corner with a fine pass.

Dan McCormack and Andy Rigby had Leeds on the attack again, but a poor play the ball on the Bridgend line relieved the pressure and Dixon, Woodard and Epton linked on a long range scoring raid on the counter.

A David interception then sent Epton clear on a long range touchline burst for glory.

The Blue Bulls finished in glorious fashion when Ellis sent Dixon over to bring up the half century.

Ellis was then the architect for Nathan Strong to dummy his way over before David gathered the kick-off and broke clear from halfway, ending the one-sided contest with a justifiably flamboyant swallow dive.


Brynteg 40-4 Castleford High

Brynteg ensured a successful double for Bridgend, as the schoolboys emulated their senior counterparts with victory in the Powergen Champion Schools Tournament.

Ben Evans was named the Chev Walker Man of the Match, as Bridgend's all-round display proved too much for Castleford at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Coached by Welsh rugby league legend Kevin Ellis, Brynteg built a 22-0 lead inside the first quarter to leave Castleford shell-shocked.

William Thomas scooted over from close range, Jay Robbins dived on the end of Oliver Olds' grubber, Evans touched down for his try, Thomas added a scorching 80-metre effort and Olds grabbed his own try to seal the result before half-time.

Adam Hargreaves got Castleford on the scoreboard just before the break, but Rhys Evans raced over for two tries after the restart and Daniel James' spectacular dash down the touchline rounded off a superb afternoon.


Wales A 52-12 Emerging Lebanon

Jesse Farthing gave Wales an early lead with a try in the corner on five minutes, and the home side added another nine as they ran riot at Bridgend's Brewery Field.

David Davies added a second on 20 minutes following a lengthy delay due to an injury to Lebanon's Hassan Taha.

Another delay followed due an even more serious injury. This time to Lebanon's Hadi Yashruti who fell awkwardly in a tackle, was unable to be moved and the game was held up by 20 minutes while players and crowd waited for an ambulance.

Following the half-hour gap, a refreshed Welsh side were keen to add to their scoreline but Adam Dawe's 70-metre run was stopped just centimetres from the line by Gilbert Haydamous.

But Valley Cougars' Carl Thomas stormed through moments later to increase Wales' lead.

Chris Williams broke through the defence six minutes later to add to the scoreline. Matt Jackson converted both tries to give Wales a 20-0 half-time lead.

Wales increased their lead after just five minutes of the second half after Scott O'Kelly forced his way over on the fifth tackle.

Lebanon got on the scoreboard for the first time in their tour after 51 minutes when Tony Semrani fought his way through the Welsh defence to ground under the posts. Wassim Moumneh converted.

But Wales replied straight away with a try from Cougars' Adrian Owen. Dean Scully converted then ran 60 metres for another Welsh try straight from kick-off.

Lebanon got another try back on 59 minutes after Alan Sultan finished off a good passing move.

But once again, Wales hit back straight away after another excellent Owen run. Williams also added his second five minutes later following a 40-metre run.

Matt Jackson then added a final try with the best move of the evening.




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