New season, new name, new era...
February 8 2018
The West Wales Raiders suffered defeats in their two pre season firndly matches losing 60-0 at North Wales Crusaders in their first ever match; this was followed by a more competitive performance with a 30-10 defeat at London Skolars. All eyes now turn to Stebonheath Park for the opening match in Championship One with the visit of Newcastle Thunder on Sunday February 18th - kick off at 3pm. This is followed by a visit from Doncaster on Sunday 4th March to Stebonheath Park, again with a 3pm kick off,
Details of the Challenge Cup draw and the resultant match for West Wales awaited.pqs: qs:
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Really looking forward to this and I hope the home crowd are
behind the players for the full 80 minutes.We need to shout them
on to a win.Just as we will be missing a few players;so will
The spine of their side changes at hooker and half back due to
injury.Their replacement hooker,Ben Pointer,was signed from
London Broncos,where he was coached by former hooker Andrew
Henderson,who proved a success as a player and thus far,as a
coach.The ruck area will be important.The Thunder former half
Benn Hardcastle,a record points scorer for them,has moved to
Keighley,Danny Nicklas,former Hull FC,has been injured and will
miss the game.Experienced forward Rhys Clarke also misses
through injury and Wales international forward,Matty Barron
announced his retirement just a few days ago.They may play new
pacy Tee Ritson from Workington at full back.
With our missing players a noisy home crowd may be the
deciding influence.Please be there to cheer them on...
A winning start for West Wales Raiders will do nicely...
will be Andy SWEET.
The first competitive game I watched last year,where Mr Sweet was
the referee,resulted in a home win.
Despite the efforts of club and RFL staff to source some it was fruitless
All specitators were refunded ticket money but Raiders haven't had a positive start.
This is not the start we were hoping for!
Newcastle Thunder have made a long journey for nothing and will have to come down again.
positive or two.
I can't see any suggestion of any punishment from what is
mentioned in C8 - [media.rugby-league.com]
Any publicity is good publicity and a little 'local'sympathy may be
addressed towards the club.
Hopefully our undercooked players will take inspiration from those Down Under who have just beaten the Super League clubs without playing any competitive games - when we take on Bradford next week.
“We understand that supporters have been let down and the club accept full responsibility for the issues that occurred as a result of the events of today.
“The club would like to reassure that incidents like this will never happen again and we apologise to all the supporters both home and away.”