Cardiff Demons face London Broncos in the Women’s Super League South Grand Final on Saturday

This Saturday (27 August) is Grand Final day in the Betfred Women’s Super League South, with defending champions Cardiff Demons taking on London Broncos at Pandy Park, Cross Keys (kick-off 3pm).

The Broncos are unbeaten in 2022 and despatched Bedford Tigers in the semi-final at the Cherry Red Records Stadium in Plough Lane to reach their first final. Rosie Cairns, Sophie Messem, Lauren Mueller, Iona McCusker, Kirsty-Lee Griffiths, Emily Hughes, Abi Gordon, Jess Ingram and Sophie Tauchert all scored tries in a convincing 44-6 win.

Cardiff Demons have suffered just one loss this season, that to the Broncos by a solitary conversion, and finished the regular season with the best points for and against records. They booked their final spot with a hard-earned 30-16 semi-final win over the Army, thanks to tries from Molly Reardon, Brittony Price, Charlie Mundy, Eleri Michael and Bryonie King.

London Broncos versus Cardiff Demons will be shown live on Our League from 3pm – and everything points to another close encounter between the best sides in the Betfred Women’s Super League South. The Demons’ solitary defeat came at the hands of the Broncos, when Jess Ingram darted over from dummy half on the very last play of the game to give her side a last-gasp 20-18 win.

“It couldn’t have been any tighter”, admits London Broncos head coach, Colin Baker, a long-time servant at the capital club. “Cardiff hadn’t lost in two years seasons prior to that, so having beaten them gives us plenty of confidence and self-belief. But we’re under no illusions – they set the benchmark in Super League South and are going to be very tough to beat. Two good teams going head-to-head makes for a fantastic event.

“We’ve come a long way since I ran an open trial event prior to launching our side in 2021. Many of the players who came to that trial still make up the nucleus of our squad and the new players we’ve brought in have added something extra. We’ve really kicked on this year. Now, we’re pretty strong across the park and our skipper Courtney Treco is a leader on and off the pitch – players respond to the example she sets.”

Cardiff Demons head coach, Ian Newbury, adds: “We are focused on the challenge ahead. It was a tight game last time and Broncos are going to bring that same determination especially looking at going unbeaten this season.

“We’ve focused this season on on our defence and its certainly showed in the field. We had a tough semi final against a strong Army squad and since then, we have been putting in the hard yards over the last two weeks and the players have an extra focus on this one.”

Pandy Park is the home of Cross Keys RFC, and is just a short walk away from Cross Keys train and bus stations. For spectators travelling by car, the postcode is NP11 7BS. ADMISSION IS FREE FOR EVERYONE.

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