Bedwas beat Blues and Blacks
Bedwas 27 Cardiff 11, Premier Division, Saturday 22 March 2008-03-23
Match report by Geoff Watkins, photographs by Ian Lovell
A cold driving wind, sometimes with sleet that swirled around and gave advantage to both sides at differing times, also contributed to unforced errors. Nevertheless a crowd-pleasing game and a confidence boost for Bedwas having disposed of clubs of the calibre of Llanelli and Cardiff in successive games. The four-try win was a valuable five points to move Bedwas up to seventh place in the fourteen club Premiership.
Bedwas Coach Steve Law commented that ‘considering how little rugby we have played in the last few weeks it was a top notch performance by the whole squad, Jason Tovey made a massive difference today. A big result for us but one we fully deserve as the boys fought for everything.’
Team manager Mark Lewis added ‘A pleasing result, all on top of the Llanelli win and a bonus point. The difference between the two sides was the desire to win, and although there were good individual performances from Jason Tovey, Nathan Hill and Phil Sargent it was a truly committed whole team performance that thoroughly deserved the comprehensive win’
The match opened with Bedwas playing into the wind that kept Cardiff penned in their own half, the visitors finally using their big pack to take play to the home corner as the sleet hammered down. Cardiff were on the scoreboard when full back Craig Evans slotted a straight 22-metre penalty after 15 minutes. Two minutes later centre Tristan Davies crossed for a fine try leaving Bedwas playing catch up rugby, and catch up they did. Full back Stuart Thomas kicked a 25th minute penalty that curled in an arc but through the posts. Both sides ran well but heavy tackling defences kept play generally to midfield, the line-out battle even as Bedwas pair Adam Brown and Craig Powell contested abrasively with the bigger Cardiff locks.
Excellent breaks by the midfield trio kept Bedwas moving forward, and rapid handling by the forwards put flanker Phil Sargent racing down the touchline, smashing his way over for a 35th minute try. Before Cardiff had time to consolidate a Jason Tovey long range drop goal hit the post. Then a combined move initiated by Adam Brown, a fine break by centre Jason Tovey and the ball swept from touchline to touchline hooker Keiran Crawford sending outside half John Welch over at the corner flag. Stuart Thomas added an excellent conversion to see Bedwas lead 15-8 at the interval.
The changeable wind swung in Cardiff’s favour but errors crept in during the third quarter and three long kicks upfield by Cardiff simply went out of play resulting in 50 metre scrum backs. Wing Fionn McLaughlin scythed through the Cardiff defence for Jason Tovey to sprint away, his 45th minute try converted from the touchline by Stuart Thomas. Cardiff facing an uphill battle at 22-8 down but Craig Evans slotted a penalty to reduce the deficit.
Fionn McLaughlin, (injured ankle) was replaced by Scott Horner on 60 minutes, Bedwas also replacing hooker Keiran Crawford with Brian Edwards and prop Keiron Jenkins with Jon Salter. Cardiff also rang the changes to get back into the game, fighting back to the Bedwas line and a certain try saved when wing Nathan Hill appeared from nowhere with a bone crunching tackle. Bedwas replaced lock Adam Brown with Rhodri Edwards on 70 minutes. With time running out Cardiff neglected a penalty chance and went for a try but lost the ball and Jason Tovey raced away from his own half handing off three tackles for Nathan Hill to cross in the 78th minute for a notable 27-11 victory against the Blues and Blacks.
Bedwas next face Premier run away leaders Neath at the Bridge Field on Saturday 29 March 2008, kick off 2-30 p.m.
Cardiff forwards coach Danny Wilson
‘Congratulations to Bedwas on achieving a fine win. Bedwas showed a commitment in defence and put us under a lot of pressure in attack. We made far too many individual errors which Bedwas were quick to capitalise on and made the most of what they created themselves in an open, running game’
Stuart Thomas, Fionn McLaughlin, Jason Tovey, Dai Atkins, Nathan Hill, John Welch (Captain), James Pizey, Gareth Leonard, Keiran Crawford, Keiron Jenkins, Craig Powell, Adam Brown, Phil Sargent, Robert Downes, Andrew Tibbatts.
Jon Salter (Jenkins 60 mins), Brian Edwards (Crawford 60 mins), Rhodri Edwards (Brown 70 mins), Gareth Carruthers (not used), Scott Horner (McLaughlin 60 mins), Gareth Miles (not used)