Llandovery RFC 19 Bedwas RFC 19
Photograph courtesy of Mark Davies, Ffotograffics
In a finely balanced game that could have gone either way, it was home fly-half Cerith Rees who was the hero when he kicked the winning penalty in injury-time.
The Drovers had found Bedwas resilient opponents and it was only when the visitors were down to 13 men after four second-half yellow cards that the home side prevailed.
The referee Neil Perkins had penalised both sides incessantly for offences at the breakdown but he reserved his ire for Bedwas.
“Both sides were penalised in turn for similar offences in the contact area,” said Bedwas coach Steve Law. “But we get four yellow cards and Llandovery none!”
It was 9-6 to the Drovers at the break; three penalties by Rees to two by Gethin Worgan.
Despite the dismissal of three-quarters James Jones and Matt Pizey, Bedwas took advantage of home laxity to get a try by prop Dan Watchurst – after a great run by full-back Stuart Thomas – and five points from the Worgan boot.
Centre Joe Ajuwa responded with a converted try to tie the scores and with Bedwas down to 13 after Watchurst and Jones (again) were sent off, Rees supplied the killer blow.
Llandovery: Try: J Ajuwa. Con: C Rees. Pens: C Rees (4).
Bedwas: Try: D Watchurst. Con: G Worgan. Pens: G Worgan (3).