A great day for Scorpions and Rebels
NEATH and District Scorpions and South Gower Rebels celebrated trophy successes at Welsh Rugby League's Grand Finals day at a sun-drenched Taffs Well.
More than 1,000 fans watched an action-packed day of rugby, with Scorpions Under-13s winning the first match, 36-20, against Cardiff Spartans.
Neath surged into a 14-0 lead thanks scores from Alex McNamara, Kurt Davies and Kingsley Morgan, but quick tries from Cardiff's Joseph Melhuish and Karling Claridge brought the score back to 14-10.
Tries from Brad Roderick and Ben Lukes extended Neath's lead to 26-10 before Claridge and then Connor Brookes went over for Cardiff. However, the Scorpions were too strong in the end and two further tries sealed the win.
Two tries in the final five minutes saw South Gower Rebels stun Penallta Storm 24-16 in the under-16s final.
The Rhymney Valley side had won the under-15 title last year and the under-14 crown in 2011 and were in pole position to make it a hat-trick of successes until late on. Leading 16-10 at one stage, Storm's tries came from Kyle Williams, Scott Davidson and Thomas Rees.
But South Gower showed a never-say-die attitude and fought back, James Taylor proving their hero with a hat-trick of tries, while Keelan Giles added a further two.
Keiran Williams and Tom Neale kicked one goal apiece to help give the Bishopston-based side the title in only their second year.
In the South Wales Conference Grand Final, Torfaen Tigers took their first ever senior title, beating Valley Cougars 24-18 in a see-saw encounter.