Tigers look to keep leading the way

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WELSH Conference South champions and leaders Torfaen Tigers travel to Cardiff Spartans looking to consolidate their top of the table position this afternoon.

The Tigers will not be taking their opponents lightly following their 66-30 defeat of Cardiff Demons on Wednesday and will hope to field a full strength side.

Head coach Jamie Williams feels his team, who thrashed Newport Titans 54-12 last week, have the ability to continue their winning ways as the strive to be in another Grand Final.

“I’m pleased with the way things have shaped up this season,” he said. “But we must guard against complacency as we are not over the line yet.”

Newport Titans entertain new boys Gwendraeth Valley Raiders hoping to get their season back on track after the heavy loss to the Tigers. Gwendraeth will be hoping to continue their good form, having won three of their first four games of their existence.

Newcomers Aber Valley Wolves face the experienced Valley Cougars while Cardiff Demons host Bridgend Blue Bulls.

South Wales Scorpions play their 100th game when they take on York City Knights as part of a double-header at Blackwood’s Glan-yr-Afon Park today.

The Scorpions, who played their first fixture in February 2010, take to the field in the Championship at 3pm after Valley Cougars host Bristol Sonics in the National Conference South at 12pm.

The Scorpions will become only the fifth professional Welsh Rugby League team to reach 100 competitive games.

The old Celtic Crusaders side lead the way with 182 games from 2006-11, Ebbw Vale played 155 first class games from 1907-12, Cardiff City Blue Dragons played 136 games from 1981-85 with their last season being in Bridgend and Merthyr Tydfil played 106 times between 1907-11.

Scorpions stalwart Ashley Bateman is quietly confident that his side can get their first home win of the season despite being on the end of a 76-0 drubbing in the March meeting between the sides in York.

“We got hammered last time but we’ve come a long way since that game.” He said. “It’ll be a completely different game and hopefully we can get a win.”

Tickets cost from £1 for children and £8 for adults.

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