by Twm Owen
The first home fixture for the South Wales Warriors in the British American Football league this season will see them meet the team they had been due to face in last year’s play-offs.
The Worcestershire Black Knights forfeited their trip to Llanharan in the Division Two Southern Conference quarter finals last year due to a player shortage having twice suffered 48-0 defeats to the Welshmen in the regular season.
While the Black Knights’ 2018 ended off the field they will need a positive result at Llanharan Rugby Club’s Dairy Field ground on Sunday, May 12 (2.30pm) to keep their season alive.
Though they qualified for the 2018 post season as one of the two best third placed teams in the Southern Conference after two games this year they are rooted to the bottom of the West division having lost their opening two encounters.
Next Sunday, May 12th sees the Warriors face off against the @WorcBlkKnights for our first home game of the 2019 season.
The game will be played at Llanharan RFC.
Kick off is at 2:30pm.
Entry to the game is free and the clubhouse will be open for use. pic.twitter.com/xcZ5EIsxA1
— South Wales Warriors (@swwarriors) May 4, 2019
They opened their season on Easter Sunday with a 42-6 defeat to the Somerset Wyverns who admitted to wanting revenge having been pipped at the post to the play-off place which the Black Knights ultimately didn’t take.
Worcestershire’s unconverted consolation touchdown against the Wyverns is their only score this season while they have given up 88 points having suffered a 0-46 home loss to last season’s West runners up the Torbay Trojans a week later.
The Black Knights will have had a fortnight to recover and try to address any problems they’ve identified before facing the Warriors who will be heavily fancied to record a second win from as many games this season.
British American Football website Double Coverage has had the South Wales side as the number one team across all of Division Two in its Power Rankings even before the Warriors opened their season with a convincing 0-33 away victory over the Cornish Sharks at the end of April.
The Warriors will have been pleased to have performed well in all three phases against the Sharks. The offence proved effective through the air and on the ground, the defence not only recorded an all-important shut out but also weighed in with scores of their own, and on special teams Mick Duncan converted all four touchdowns and added a field goal.