BEDWAS RFC 8 EBBW VALE RFC 0
Principality Welsh Premiership, Saturday 13 December 2008.
Match report by John Meredith, photography by Ian Lovell.
Bedwas entertained Ebbw Vale hoping to build on their recent good performances, but were dealt a blow with Steve Gardner pulling out at warm up with an ankle injury. Deri Mattravers led out the team in his place.
Kicking away from the club house the Bedwas packed dominated the early exchanges, both sides cancelling each other out by good defensive options. After 10 minutes a good run up the left hand touch line by Matthew Pizey saw the ball slipped to his brother James in support to score a good try. Stuart Thomas missed the conversion out wide.
Bedwas continued to attack and a few minutes later were awarded a penalty kick as the visitors were adjudged to have killed the ball. Stuart Thomas successfully added a good angled kick. Ebbw fought hard putting Bedwas under long periods of pressure, good defence by the home side keeping the visitors at bay. Both sides’ kickers Stuart Thomas and Aaron Bramwell missed kickable penalties and half time arrived with Bedwas 8 points to nil to the good.
Bedwas began the second half as they had finished the first. Stuart Thomas moving from full back to fly half to replace the injured John Welch, Bret Chetwin moving to full back and replacement Tom Williams on the wing. Thomas, in particular, playing well at fly half with some astute kicking pegging back Ebbw on numerous occasions. Both sets of forwards continued to clash with great power but both defences proved equal to the task. In the home pack Adam Brown showed his dominance in the line-out and the back row of Andrew Tibbatts, Stuart Phillips and Deri Mattravers cancelled out their opposite numbers, notably in the loose.
Former Pontypool captain and Cardiff back row forward Gavin Lucas on the field for a few minutes threw a punch at Bedwas tight head Keiron Jenkins, Keiron retaliated and both were yellow carded as a mass brawl looked to erupt before order was restored. Bedwas held on for a well earnt victory to move up to 12th place in the division two points behind Swansea. Man of the match for Bedwas was Adam Brown, with notable contributions from Stuart Thomas and the powerful James Pizey.
Bedwas Head Coach Steve Law
‘Utterly delighted with the win, the boys were nervous and the nerves cost us not winning by a bigger margin. I will be bringing in other players for the cup game against Newbridge next week.’
Ebbw Vale Hooker Richard Wilkes
‘We did not turn up today; Bedwas were a better team on the day.’