Newport RFC 46 Bedwas RFC 15
Principality Welsh Premiership, Saturday 26 September 2009.
Match report by John Meredith, photographs by Ian Lovell.
Bedwas visited Newport on a warm, sunny early autumn afternoon hoping to bounce back from the previous week’s heavy loss at Aberavon. For Bedwas Hywel Jenkins came back into the side as captain following injury, as did centre Tom Cooper. Dan Hitchings came back onto the right wing, Stuart Thomas starting at fullback. Bedwas supporters could see from the off that the team would be up against a Newport side bolstered by four Dragons players, a luxury rarely afforded to other teams throughout the region.
Having lost the toss Bedwas played towards the North end of the ground and made a bright start to the game. Good work by the Bedwas pack putting the home, physically larger pack under pressure saw flanker Phil Sargent squeeze through for a try in the corner. Fly half Gethin Worgan expertly added the extras from the touchline.
Newport hit back with a penalty goal from Dan Griffiths before flanker Craig Hill crossed in the corner for an unconverted try. Newport kept up the momentum and were awarded a penalty try for obstruction, again Griffiths adding the conversion. Bedwas got another three points on the board from a Worgan penalty before Andrew Coombs added another try just before the half time whistle to put his side 20-10 ahead.
Bedwas started the second half well. Debutant Adam Greendale forcing his way over out wide to reduce the deficit. Newport responded by raising their game and completely dominated proceedings adding further tries by Wyatt, Attwell, Coombes and Gomer-Davies. Bedwas fought well, the pack being well led by Hywel Jenkins, backed up by strong performances by James Murphy and Phillip Sargent but were well beaten by superior backs who clinically finished their moves.
Bedwas Man of the Match James Murphy, one crunching tackle on Craig Hill stunned the former Bedwas back rower and a dominant performance in the line out and all round game was superb.