Off the back of their second-straight undefeated regular season in Division Two, the South Wales Warriors will be returning to middle-tier football with some silverware as they got the better of the Bournemouth Bobcats in Saturday’s defensively-dominated Division Two South final.
South Wales came out of the gate fast with a touchdown from wrecking ball running back Josh Hughes, but would need to wait all the way until the fourth quarter before Quarterback Dean Jackson could concrete the victory with a short completion to Tight End Jason Roberts to establish a two-score lead with little time for the Bobcats to get themselves back into the game.
Though Bournemouth had their chances, the Warriors’ defence built upon the fine form they’d displayed all season long, as the Bobcats finished the game with under a hundred yards of net offence – their passing attack unable to connect, and their ground game too often stopped for only very small gains – the Bobcats driven backwards eight times by the Welsh D with either sacks of tackles for a loss.
Though the South Wales outfit had come into the game with something of a cloud over their heads, they nonetheless stuck to their guns and will look to make an immediate impact in their return to Division One action next season, where they’ll be joined of course by both the Bournemouth Bobcats, as well as the Essex Spartans.
Though he may not have finished the game with the most glitzy stat line, Warriors Quarter Dean Jackson picked up the D2 South Final’s MVP award thanks to his consistent marshalling of the Warrior offence, and particularly thanks to his game-killing fourth-quarter drive that sealed the deal on the Warriors’ win.
Unofficial game statistics:
Total offence: 228yds
#5 – 14/35, 177yds 1 TD 3 INT
#15 – 0/1 0yds
38 carries for 96yds
6 for 45 yards
Total offence: 83yds
5/30 for 73yds 2 INT
30 carries for 51yds
7 for 41yds