Friday, 23 May 2014

Neath and Pontyclun set for Women's Super Cup showdown

The Women’s domestic season will reach its climax on Saturday May 31st with the Super Cup Finals held at Llandovery RFC. 

Eight teams have earned the right meet in four finals to decide the leading clubs in each tier of the women’s game.

The Vase Final will be contested between two new Clubs to the women’s game as Penybanc  and Haverfordwest  face each other. 

Both Scarlets teams began playing competitive rugby this season and have shown signs that they have potential to go a long way as Haverfordwest finished runners-up in Division Three and Penybanc topped their pool in the cup. 

They have already met three times this season with Haverfordwest gaining two decisive victories in the league, but Penybanc pulled one back with a 31-18 win in the pool stage.

Division Three winners Kidwelly will have a strong Maesteg Celtic side to face in the Bowl Final. Kidwelly have yet to lose a game this season and have beaten their opposition 21-0 in their pool encounter, but the Celtic have shown that they mean business as they knocked out Division Two champions Barry in the semi final. Both teams boast strong packs and dynamic backs so the Bowl will go to the Club that wants it the most.

Last year’s Plate winners Seven Sisters will have to overcome stiff competition from fellow Ospreys Club Pencoed. 

Seven Sisters will be playing in their fourth Plate final in five years and will have to be on top of their game if they want to retain their title as Pencoed have been showing signs of growth over the last few months. 

Pencoed will hope to use their busy back row and rapid wingers to overcome Seven’s dominant pack and strong midfield attack.

The Cup Final will see Neath Athletic attempt to retain their championship against Pontyclun. Premiership champions Neath Athletic had a shaky start to their campaign but found their form as they knocked out top seed Llandaff North in the semi finals. 

Pontyclun’s path to the final was also no easy feat as they came back from a half time deficit of 20-7 to beat Division One winners Whitland 34-20. It’s also worth noting the Pontyclun have lost just one match since October, which was against the Athletic.

This season has seen the Women’s game grow once again with an increase of matches of 22% over the previous season.  This brings the amount of games being played during the season up by over 140% from 4 years ago. The Women’s game is on the rise, so why not be a part of it and come to Llandovery RFC on May 31.

Vase Final – Penybanc v Haverfordwest – 12.00
Bowl Final – Kidwelly v Maesteg Celtic – 12.00
Plate Final – Seven Sisters v Pencoed – 2.00
Cup Final – Pontyclun v Neath Athletic – 4.00


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