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 at Bailey Park. With just 20 minutes remaining and the game in the balance, Bowen came off the bench to provide power and purpose to overturn an 18-17 deficit before claiming the bonus point try himself.

Both sides appeared rusty in the first half having played only three competitive games each in the past twelve weeks. The Green & Whites enjoyed the better of early territory and possession and Darren Miles eventually went over in support of an excellent break by Kyle Griffiths, Chris Stevens adding the conversion. But the home side drew level when a dropped ball in midfield allowed their outside centre to race clear for a try.

The visitors deservedly went ahead again when Aled Penn finished off in the corner before the hosts narrowed the deficit just before the interval with a penalty kick.

The home side started the second half well and they took the lead for the first time when Tillery conceded a penalty at a ruck. The game now ebbed and flowed with both teams producing more consistent passages of play. Although behind Tillery appeared more potent in attack and they regained the lead when Craig Edwards put right wing Kurtis Hale over in the corner.

The action was now thick and fast and the hosts went back in front as quick thinking saw them tap a penalty for their right wing to cross.

Tillery now brought on the bulk of Rhys Bowen for the last twenty minutes and his power at the breakdown immediately forced ‘Gavenny back. Stevens slotted a penalty to edge Tillery in front and stretched the lead with a more straightforward effort.

With time ticking away and less than a score in it, it was still anyone’s game, but the Tillery pack was on top and when Dan Evans and Daniel Crandon linked terrifically in support of a Hale break, Bowen gathered the ball five metres out to power his way through and over for the bonus point try.

Parlriday  22 February

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