BEDWAS RFC 33 PONTYPOOL RFC 14
Principality Welsh Premiership, Saturday 07 March 2009.
Match report by John Meredith.
Bedwas entertained bottom of the table Pontypool on a wet, miserable March afternoon hoping for a win to pull away from the foot of the table. As expected Pontypool bought a large following to the Bridgefield, no doubt upbeat following their victory at Llandovery the previous week.
Attacking the club house end the Bedwas side put their visitors under early pressure, and gained a penalty, duly kicked by Stuart Thomas. The advantage was maintained when Thomas added a drop goal to give the home side a 6 points to nil advantage.
Pontypool hit back with a drive upfield which was rewarded with a try from highly rated open side flanker Cae Traherne, converted by up and coming youngster Geraint O’Driscoll to put Pooler ahead.
Both sides attacked ferociously but deft kicking by Worgan saw Bedwas make ground. Matthew Pizey had a try disallowed after being adjudged held up and Gethin Worgan also had what appeared to be a legitimate try ruled out. Bedwas were not to be denied before the break however as Stuart Thomas landed a goal and Worgan a drop goal as Bedwas went in at half time 12 points to 7 to the good.
Bedwas came out for the second half determined to hang onto their lead. Taking the game to their visitors the home pack well led by Hywel Jenkins totally outplayed their opponents.
Tries were added by man of the match James Pizey, Stuart Thomas and livewire open side flanker Stuart Phillips, Thomas adding a brace of penalties for good measure.
Pooler hit back with a late try from ex Caerphilly centre Phil Price converted by O’Driscoll but it was too late to prevent a Bedwas victory.
Bedwas delighted to gain four precious points but slightly aggrieved at not gaining a bonus point due to the disallowance of what looked a good try by Worgan. A good effort though from the whole team, let’s takes this into our next fixture.