2022 WRL Men's League Final
21 August 2022 • KO 15:00
22 v 20
Stebonheath Park, Llanelli
Referee : Ian Curzon
Rhondda Outlaws won the South Wales men’s Grand Final for the second time after beating Aberavon Fighting Irish 22-20 at Stebonheath Park in Llanelli.
Star of the show for the Outlaws was former professional Steve Parry, who became the first player to score a hat-trick of tries twice in Welsh Grand Finals.
The 33-year old initially did this in the 2008 WRL Grand Final for Valley Cougars, and now he has repeated this feat 14 years later for his current club, Rhondda Outlaws.
Following that initial final in Bridgend as a teenager, he was signed up for Celtic Crusaders Reserves, then went on to play for South Wales Scorpions, Gloucestershire All Golds and West Wales Raiders and also won 15 caps for Wales including appearances in the 2017 World Cup.
It was just the fifth time that a player has scored a hat-trick in this showpiece game. Grant Epton (Bridgend Blue Bulls, 2005), Nathan Trowbridge (Bridgend Blue Bulls, 2011) and Dafydd Hellard (Valley Cougars, 2017) being the others.
The Outlaws were quick to take the lead and it came through a trademark Parry try, diving low to score, and Chris Harris converted.
Aberavon hit back on nine minutes. Scott Whitlock ran though but Isaac Morgan couldn’t land the conversion.
Outlaws extended their lead on 16 minutes, again through Parry, which again Harris improved.
Again the Irish fought back. Dylan McLachlan dived over from close range and Morgan converted.
Straight away, the Outlaws scored again. Parry was denied a third try, stopped centimetres short of the line, but from the next play, Alex Langworthy dived over. Harris couldn’t convert.
But Parry wasn’t to be denied, as clinched his hat-trick on 34 minutes, the first player since Trowbridge to score three tries in one half in the final. Harris converted and Rhondda went into the break 22-10 up.
Aberavon struck first in the second half through a Morgan Meaclem try that Morgan couldn’t convert.
It was 22-20 on the hour when giant prop Brett Thomas stormed through for Aberavon and Morgan converted.
Outlaws were most dominant for the final period of the game, looking for another try to secure their win. Parry was short on one attack and with just two minutes to go, Cody Rees dropped the ball under pressure as diving for the line.
But despite not scoring in the second half, the Outlaws held on for a dramatic win.
Team Lists and Scoring Information
|7||Chris Harris (c)||3||6|
|1||Isaac Morgan (c)||2||4|
|1||4 - 0||Steve Parry||Rhondda Outlaws||Try|
|2||6 - 0||Chris Harris||Rhondda Outlaws||Conversion|
|8||6 - 4||Scott Whitlock||Aberavon FI||Try|
|10||6 - 4||Isaac Morgan||Aberavon FI||Missed Conversion|
|15||10 - 4||Steve Parry||Rhondda Outlaws||Try|
|16||12 - 4||Chris Harris||Rhondda Outlaws||Conversion|
|23||12 - 8||Dylan Mclachlan||Aberavon FI||Try|
|24||12 - 10||Isaac Morgan||Aberavon FI||Conversion|
|27||16 - 10||Alex Langworthy||Rhondda Outlaws||Try|
|28||16 - 10||Chris Harris||Rhondda Outlaws||Missed Conversion|
|32||20 - 10||Steve Parry||Rhondda Outlaws||Try|
|33||22 - 10||Chris Harris||Rhondda Outlaws||Conversion|
|38||22 - 14||Morgan Meaclem||Aberavon FI||Try|
|40||22 - 14||Isaac Morgan||Aberavon FI||Missed Conversion|
|54||22 - 18||Brett Thomas||Aberavon FI||Try|
|55||22 - 20||Isaac Morgan||Aberavon FI||Conversion|