Swansea RFC 48 Bedwas RFC 21
Principality Welsh Premiership, Saturday 09 October 2010.
Match report by John Meredith.
Having shown good form on their travels this season Bedwas travelled to Swansea confident of continuing this trend.
A reshuffle in the pack saw Brendon Lampitt come in for Phillip Sargent, Gareth Knight starting at lock and Aaron Fowler starting at hooker. Ryan Owen replaced Jamie Jones on the wing, Adam Greendale continued at fly half and Deri Mattravers took over the captain’s armband.
A strong northerly wind looked as it would make kicking difficult for both sides. Indeed Bedwas knocked on at the kick off and then Stuart Thomas kicked out on the full. Bedwas pressed hard from the start but Swansea defended well. Bedwas had the first chance of a shot at goal but opted to kick for touch and a line out on the 10 metre line. Swansea cleared however and outside half Matthew Morgan made a 40 metre break but a Stuart Thomas prevented a certain try.
Bedwas eventually drew first blood after 26minutes as Swansea were adjudged offside in front of the posts and Stuart Thomas slotted the ball between the sticks.
Swansea hit back three minutes later when a Bedwas attack broke down and a Swansea counter attack saw winger Eli Walker score an unconverted try. They extended their lead one minute later when Morgan added a penalty after Bedwas were penalised at a ruck. Bedwas hit back through a Thomas penalty.
Swansea camped on the Bedwas line and lock Conor McInerney added a try, converted by Morgan for a 15-6 lead. Stuart Thomas was wide with a penalty attempt before Matthew Morgan added a try he converted himself for a 22-6 lead before Thomas kicked a Bedwas penalty and half time arrived with Bedwas 22-9 in arrears.
Swansea started the second half as they had finished the first and on the attack. Bedwas made too many errors allowing Swansea to extend their lead with a second try by Matthew Morgan, again he added the extras.
Deri Mattravers thought he’d pulled a try back for Bedwas but the try scoring pass was adjudged forward.
Swansea notched their fifth try of the afternoon by Eli Walker after good work by their backs, Morgan failing to convert. Former Bedwas player Morgan Allen added their 6th try, this time Morgan converted to put is 41-9 ahead. Deri Mattravers pulled a try back against the run of play, Stuart Thomas adding the extras. Bedwas fought to get back into the game and Stuart Thomas added a second try before Morgan Allen had the last word with his second and his team’s seventh try of the afternoon.
Morgan added the extras for a personal haul of 23 points from two tries, five conversions and a penalty goal as his team ran out winners 48-21.
Bedwas Man of the Match: Deri Mattravers led by example making the hard yards on a bad day at the office for Bedwas who missed too many first up tackles.