CARDIFF RFC 29 BEDWAS RFC 22
Principality Welsh Premiership, Saturday 17th October 2009.
Match report by John Meredith.
Bedwas made the short trip to the Cardiff Arms Park one of the most famous grounds in Welsh rugby. Reigning champions Cardiff present a tall order for most sides never mind an injury ravaged Bedwas side.
For their part Cardiff were able to field three international players; Jamie Ringer, Craig Morgan and Chris Czeckaj.
Kristian Owen became the fourth Bedwas player to don the captain’s armband this season with previous incumbents Gardner, Hywel Jenkins and Mattravers all injured. Targeting next weeks game versus Ebbw Vale Bedwas opted to rest Gethin Worgan and bought in Adam Greendale at outside half.
Bedwas started well and took an early lead from a well taken Greendale penalty after Cardiff were penalised at a ruck. Cardiff hit back with their big pack and speedy backs moving the ball wide at every opportunity. Bedwas defended resolutely before Cardiff’s Craig Morgan scored his 100th career try off what appeared a blatantly forward pass. The conversion missed by their outside half Nicky Roberts.
Cardiff upped the pace and ex Uwic and Cross Keys centre added a try converted by Roberts, the same player adding a penalty for a 15-3 lead.
Bedwas hit back strongly, good passing from Matt Pizey and Tom Cooper saw Kristian Owen go over for an unconverted try. Just before half time a moment of magic from Matt Pizey saw him pick up a loose ball in his own 25 and sprint fully 60 metres for a try that typified Bedwas guts and determination. Greendale added the conversion and the half time whistle saw the teams locked together at 15-15.
Cardiff came out for the second half and two quick tries by Dan Godfrey and Owen Williams saw them stretch their lead to 29-15. Bedwas battled vainly to contain their rampant hosts, Phil Sargent producing a memorable try saving tackle to prevent Godfrey adding to his tally.
Bedwas pulled a try back through replacement scrum half Tom Dickens converted by Greendale and Bedwas were in touching distance.
Bedwas continued to ‘knock on the door’ but could not break down the resolute home defence. The entire Bedwas team played out of their skins for the second half, producing their best performance of the season to date, attacking until deep into injury time.
Bedwas Man of the Match:
Phil Sargent covered every blade of grass, tackled his heart out and made the hard yards at every opportunity. His never say die attitude a real credit. He was closely followed by 14 other heroes in what was a superb Bedwas effort, well done boys!