PREVIEW | Dons travel to West Wales Raiders

PREVIEW | Dons travel to West Wales Raiders

3rd July 2019

The Dons will be looking for a consecutive away win when they travel to West Wales Raiders on Saturday July 6. The side will be looking to build on an important win against Coventry Bears on the previous weekend in order to ensure they remain within the play-off places.


Who’s the gaffer?

From New South Wales to South Wales. Kim Williams is in his first season as West Wales Raiders head coach following a very successful career in his native Australia.

He began his career in 1998 as a development officer before spending seven years as a development manager. He led Melbourne Storm academy to the U18 grand final in his first season in coaching. Following that, he led Mackay Cutters to victory in his first venture as a senior coach before having success with Rockhampton.

Williams has Welsh roots through his grandfather which made Llanelli feel like a home from home.


Ones to watch

Dai Evans

The Welsh International signed for West Wales Raiders at the start of the 2019 season. He was involved with the Welsh first team in 2016 while playing for South Wales Scorpions (the former name of Raiders).

The lightning fast winger began his career in Rugby Union playing for Ospreys before switching codes.


Tyler Hunt

Promising 19-year-old Australian halfback Tyler Hunt joined Raiders at the start of the season. The youngster shone down under winning NRL WA’s Rookie of the year award and is now looking to continue his career in the UK.

He was brought into the squad by former coach at Kim Williams.


Ash Bateman

The former Welsh International joined South Wales Scorpions in 2010 and spent most of his career in Llanelli barring a brief period with Coventry Bear and a two-year ban which he served between 2014 and 2016.

The 30-year-old is one of the most familiar faces in the West Wales team having been one of their most consistent players.


Dalton Desmond-Walker

Australian Dalton Desmond-Walker made his Raiders debut against Bradford Bulls at the beginning of the 2018 season. He began his career at Hills Bulls in Sydney and made the move to Llanelli in 2018.

After an impressive debut season with the West Wales outfit, he re-signed in 2019.


Last time out

The two sides last met in May 2019 in the league. Dons ran out 54-0 victors after a blistering start put them 18-0 up within 10 minutes of the start.

Dons continued at breakneck speed and tries from Jason Tali (2), Matty Chrimes, Matty Beharrell, Conor Bower, Watson Boas, Menzie Yere and Sam Doherty sealed a comfortable victory.


PREVIEW | Dons travel to West Wales Raiders