Bedwas RFC 21 Cardiff RFC 17
Principality Welsh Premiership, Friday 19 March 2010.
Match report by John Meredith, photography by Ian Lovell
Bedwas entertained current Welsh champions Cardiff on a very wet Friday evening. Bedwas looking to bounce back after last week’s loss at Pontypool knowing that Cardiff are a stiff test.
Deri Mattravers took over the captain’s armband with Hywel Jenkins, Kieran Crawford and Matthew Pettit on the bench. Bedwas give a debut to former Dragons Academy winger Ieuan Coombs and Lee Williams on loan from Bargoed partnered James Murphy at second row. Tom Cooper returned from injury in the centre and replaced Kristian Owen who sadly broke a leg at Pontypool last time out.
Bedwas won the toss and opted to play into the driving wind towards the club.
Cardiff seemingly settled the quicker and took in the lead on 8 minutes when former Bedwas favourite Jimmy Norris crossed for a try out wide, Darren Ryan adding the conversion for a7 points to nil lead.
Bedwas hit back straight away with Adam Greendale notching a well taken penalty goal after Cardiff were adjudged offside straight in front of the posts and 25 metres from goal. This gave Bedwas a lift and a brilliant break by Bedwas full back saw another penalty awarded for a ruck offence and Greendale confidently struck his chance through the posts.
Not to be out done Cardiff countered, centre Gareth Chapman adjudged to have knocked on whilst crossing for a try. A second try came Cardiff’s way shortly afterwards however. A mistake by the Bedwas forwards at a line out saw number 8 J Thomas score a try. Ryan was unsuccessful with his kick.
Bedwas hit back and second row James Murphy charged down a poor clearance from Norris to score an excellent opportunist try. Greendale duly added the extras and Bedwas went into the half time break 13-12 to the good.
Cardiff opened the second half in style. From the kick off the ball was spread wide to winger Rees who crossed in the corner. Ryan was unable to add the extras from out wide. Bedwas drove upfield and were rewarded with another penalty chance gratefully accepted by Greendale.
This gave Bedwas the impetus to dominate the rest of the match. The Bedwas pack adapted the better to the deteriorating conditions and scored a fine try. Veteran number 8 Deri Mattravers made the hard yards before being tackled by fierce Cardiff defenders 15 metres from the try line. He managed to slip a neat pass to winger Matthew Pizey who raced in for a try to the delight of the home faithful. Greendale was unable to add the extras from the tight angle.
Bedwas continued to pound the Cardiff line but were repelled by stout defending by the visitors who then looked for a last hurrah but Bedwas defended to a man to repel a late Cardiff attack. Bedwas running out 21-17 winners, a deserved victory built on team ethics which is what is what Bedwas RFC is built on. Congratulations and well done to all involved
Man of the Match
Deri Mattravers. The veteran Bedwas forward was the best forward on the field. He stood out for making the hard yards and his inspirational leadership.