12 Days of Christmas 12

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It’s the last day of our “12 Days of Christmas” success stories and today we are celebrating a success that was 3 years in the making; being crowned Welsh Champions 2019.

๐ŸŽ„ After forming the open-age mens team in 2017 our goal had always been to win the Welsh Premier and become Welsh Champions. After 2 seasons building we finally achieved that goal this season.

The season got off to a flying start with with a 34-20 win at home against Torfaen Tigers.

Jackson Huntley bagged the first try of the campaign with Chris Harris, Max Hendy, Tom Hale (2) and Wayne Harrison (2) all getting over the whitewash too. You know it’s going to be a good year when Wayne Harrison doubles his overall try tally in just the first match.

Next up was another home fixture, this time against Cardiff Blue Dragons.

This was the Outlaws largest ever win with the lads grabbing a total of 14 tries between them. Rhod Garland, Tom Hale, Thomas Harrison (2), Mark Addis, Chris Harris, Mark Jones, Taine Hendy, Dafydd Smith, Tyler Wasley (2), Kev James, Jackson Huntley and Lee Griffiths all got over.

Sadly things were back to normal for Wayne Harrison who didn’t even get within 10 meters of the whitewash.

Chris Harris did break the clubs record of conversions in a single match with 10.

The lads were on the road for the first time the following week to take on old rivals the Bridgend Blue Bulls. Games between the Bulls and the Outlaws always seem to be very close affairs with a few fireworks and this match was no different.

Bridgend put in a brilliant performance to beat the Outlaws. Consolation tries that day came from Tyler Wasley and Chris Harris.

After his shock of scoring two tries on the opening weekend, Wayne Harrison had needed to take a bit of time off and didn’t take to the field in this clash.

The lads were on the road again the following week for the return fixture with Torfaen Tigers.

Kev James put in a great performance at Loose Forward and grabbed a hat-trick of tries. Tom Hale (2), Michael Herbert, Jackson Huntley and James Allen (2) also got on the score sheet.

Wayne Harrison missed this one too as he was on the media circuit giving interviews about his two tries in the first round.

Back at Sardis Road it was the return fixture with Bridgend Blue Bulls and the lads were keen to pick up the win after losing out previously.

Another close affair between these two but the Outlaws came out on top. Tries were scored by Jonah Huntley, Mark Addis, Thomas Hale, Jordan Williams, Ria Turare, Thomas Hopkins (2) and Thomas Harrison.

Despite only just turning 18, Thomas Harrison had now broken his dad’s (Wayne Harrison) career total tries.

As we headed in to July the Outlaws were scheduled to play the Valley Cougars but after the match initially being postponed it was eventually cancelled as the Cougars dropped out of the league.

For the final game of the regular season the lads were away to Cardiff Blue Dragons.

It was tries galore again for the Outlaws with the lads getting over 10 times. They came from Michael Herbert (2), Thomas Hopkins, Mark Jones, Morgan Cross and a club record 4 from Kev James putting him right back in contention for Top Try Scorer of 2019.

At the end of the regular season the boys were top with 5 wins from 6

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This set us up for a semi-final match at home against Cardiff Blue Dragons. Despite having run in two record results against them in the regular season the lads knew it wasn’t a guarantee as Cardiff are a well coached outfit and have a lot of experience at knock-out rugby.

In the end it was another big win for the Outlaws with 13 tries being scored. Jonah Huntley (2), Rhod Garland, Tyler Wasley (2), Tom Hale, Chris Harris, Mark Jones (2), Kev James, Max Hendy, Richie Lewis and Andrew Prouse all got over.

This took us in to the final and a home fixture against Bridgend Blue Bulls. With it being one a piece between these sides in the regular season and the matches always being tight, there was a lot of nerves going in to finals day.

This was a close fought contest right up until the end but the Outlaws won out and claimed the 17th Welsh Grand Final. Scorers that day were Tom Hale, Lee Griffiths, Thomas Hopkins, Max Hendy, Richie Lewis, Kev James and Jackson Huntley.

Top Try Scorer for the season was veteran utility player Kev James who had played at Loose Forward throughout the season. Tom Hale was the most consistent scorer but just came up short in the final tally

PlayerTries
Kev James9
Tom Hale7
Chris Harris4
Jackson Huntley4
Thomas Hopkins4

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