Bedwas RFC 41 Pontypridd RFC 27
Principality Welsh Premiership, Saturday 25 April 2009.
Match report by John Meredith, photographs by Ian Lovell
Bedwas entertained a very strong Pontypridd outfit knowing they had to get something out of the game as the scramble to get away from the relegation position of bottom of the table was getting tighter. So tight that almost any side from seven could see themselves dragged down if a poor run of results went against them.
Ponty arrived with a large vociferous support as the ‘Valley Commandos’ always seem to have.
Bedwas were led out by Hywel Jenkins, with Deri Mattravers away and Brendon Lampitt playing at blindside flanker Bedwas fielded much the same side that won at Cross Keys the previous week.
Bedwas started the match on the offensive but were met by determined defence from their visitors kept them out. Both sides tried to play good open rugby but neither side good break the deadlock.
A powerful break from scrum half James Pizey came close to opening the scoring but he was bought down short of the line, good pressure by the home side however, led to John Welch jinking through for a smart try. Phil Dollman was unable to add the extras.
This appeared to stir the Ponty players and they went on to dominate the remainder of the half with tries from winger Lewis Williams, Number 8 and Captain Nathan Strong and prop Pat Palmer. Adam Thomas added a penalty and Kristian Baller two conversions as Ponty stormed ahead before the interval.
I am sure Bedwas supporters were asking themselves ‘are we in for a hiding?’
Bedwas made tactical changes at half time Phil Dollman moving to outside half to replace John Welch and Tom Williams coming on at inside centre. Bedwas took the game to their opponents and played some breathtaking rugby as Dollman dominated proceedings with his boot.
Bedwas ran in six tries and Dollman added three conversions to blitz their shell shocked opponents who could only muster a solitary try from winger Williams.
Leading the try scoring for Bedwas was Jimmy Norris with a well taken hat-trick of tries, full back Stuart Thomas, all action flanker Stuart Phillips and winger Matt Pizey all crossing the whitewash. It was a complete second half by the home side and must rank as one of the comebacks of the season. A visiting official summed it up ‘Will someone tell our boys they’re supposed to tackle!’
It certainly silenced the visiting faithful who were strangely subdued at the final whistle.
Epic, heroic performances from the entire Bedwas team with the supporter’s man of the match going to James Pizey for a gutsy, powerful display closely followed by Jimmy ‘The Ginger Giant’ Norris for his clinical finishing. Well done one and all.