Newport RFC 31 Bedwas RFC 20
Principality Welsh Premiership, Saturday 6 December 2008.
Match report by John Meredith
Bedwas visited near neighbours Newport on December 6th, hoping the improved form shown against Bridgend would continue at Rodney Parade. The home side were not at full strength, former Bedwas players Jason Tovey and Craig Hill away on Wales 7’s duty.
The home side kicked off and the early exchanges went Bedwas’s way, with the pack well on top of their game. A superb break by number 8 Deri Mattravers should have resulted in a try, but the chance was lost when the ball was lost on the try line. Similarly another good break by stand in wing Lee Humphries and fine passing by the backs again resulted in losing the ball and another scoring opportunity slipped away.
Finally Bedwas managed to score a good try through centre Adam Hughes after swift passing by the Bedwas backs, Stuart Thomas successfully adding the extra two points from wide out.
Newport responded and five minutes later their barrel chested centre Williams went over for a try, converted by Griffiths and the scores were level. Stuart Thomas added a penalty goal to push Bedwas back in front, but Newport began to gain the upper hand, poor clearances by Bedwas compounding their problems, undoing the good work of the forwards.
James Pizey found himself in the sin bin for a high challenge and the home side took control and using their extra man scored two quick tries through Poole and Evans, both converted by Griffiths for a 24 points to 10 lead at the break.
Bedwas came out for the second half having to play catch up rugby. Stuart Thomas neatly adding a penalty goal, but Newport were in the ascendancy and Poole added his second try, once again converted by Griffiths.
Bedwas refused to throw in the towel and good play by hooker Ben Roberts driving upfield and the tireless enigmatic Deri Mattravers resulted in a try for debutant wing Luke Plummer. Luke signed from Dings Crusaders (Bristol) is a giant of a young man at 6 feet 5 inches and hopes to force his way into the Wales Under 20 set up. Stuart Thomas converted the try for a final score of Newport 31 Bedwas 20 and a winning bonus point for Newport to put them joint top of the league.
Bedwas played well, the pack on the day more than equal their opposite numbers, but perhaps the extra pace of the Newport backs being the difference.
‘Bedwas are an eighty minute team, their performance today leads me to wonder why they are so low in the League. Pleased with the bonus point win.’
‘I think we have turned the corner, the boys are playing well at the moment. Keep up the good work boys, I think we will begin to move up the League.’