Bedwas won this hard cup battle in the final minute to go through to the quarter finals.
Scoring 17 points in the opening 13 minutes, Bedwas looked set to build up a big score with powerful forward play and sharp backline running. Points coming from tries by hooker BEN FLOWER (3 mins) and centre DAVID ATKINS (10 mins) both converted by full back STUART THOMAS who then added a 13th minute penalty but Wand’s fought back well for an end of half try. Interval score 17-5.
On the restart a late tackle put Bedwas outside half, captain JOHN WELCH off the field, the back line was reshuffled and Wand’s then generally played nine man rugby, gained a charge down try and slotted three penalties to lead 19-17. The score line remaining at that until the final minute when continual pressure at the home line resulted in a deliberate knock on in front of referee PHIL FEAR and STUART THOMAS stepped up to cap a classy all-round display and converted the penalty to put Bedwas into the last eight and deservedly take the Principality Man of the Match award.
The draw pits us against a resurgent Llandovery side at the Bridgefield, at long last a home cup match.
Bedwas Coach – Steve Law
‘It’s very well done to the team and now into the next round. We played in fits and starts, very good opening quarter, didn’t put it together second quarter, wrong options putting ourselves under pressure. We played open running rugby in the wrong areas, but the enthusiasm and hard work was evident. We need to work to improve our set moves.’