Llandovery RFC 11 Bedwas RFC 34
Principality Welsh Premiership, Saturday 04 April 2009.
Match report by John Meredith, photographs by Ian Lovell.
After a 10 day break Bedwas resumed league rugby at Church Bank, Llandovery against a side who have had home successes over some of the big guns this season. Newport, Pontypridd and Aberavon to name but a few had lost at Church Bank and supporters felt another stern test to gain a desperately needed win awaited their team.
Playing up the slope and into a stiff breeze Bedwas were immediately under pressure as the home side came at them at full pelt. The big home pack and pacy backs combining well and spreading the ball wide at every opportunity.
The home side took the lead with a well taken penalty goal form outside half Tomas Marks, and the same player posted another three pointer as his side laid the gauntlet down to Bedwas.
Bedwas were struggling to find their rhythm at this stage and went further behind when a good drive upfield saw home blindside flanker Matthew Harbut driven over, Marks however missed with his conversion attempt.
Bedwas suddenly seemed to wake from their slumbers and drove upfield, two scoring chances not quite materialising. Captain Hywel Jenkins had other ideas and was driven over from close range, Phil Dollman adding the extra two points and Bedwas were back in the game. Putting their hosts under considerable pressure bought its rewards as live wire scrum half Simon Jones scampered in a for a fine, unconverted try to bring the score at the half time break to Llandovery 11 Bedwas 12.
The second half began as the first had ended, Bedwas taking the game to their hosts. Matthew Pizey added two further tries, the pick of which was created by a fine burst from Stuart Thomas, and Simon Jones notched his second try as a rampant Bedwas gained a bonus point winning margin. Phil Dollman added a further seven points to put the icing on the cake.
Bedwas played some champagne rugby in the second half, running the ball at every opportunity.
The pack played superbly and were well led by Hywel Jenkins, the tackling of Lee Humphries and Stuart Phillips and the athleticism of Adam Brown all contributing to one of the best Bedwas performances of recent seasons, heroes one and all.
Supporters Man of the Match went to Hywel Jenkins, who led by example from start to finish, two or three opponents often needed to bring him to ground and always breaking the gain line. In giving the Man of the Match to Hywel the supporters wish to make clear that everyone played their part in an excellent team performance and it was not an easy choice.