Carmarthen Quins RFC 17 Bedwas RFC 10
Principality Welsh Premiership, Saturday 30 October 2010.
Match report by John Meredith.
Bedwas travelled west to Carmarthen hoping to put last weeks defeat behind them at what historically, for Bedwas, is a tough place to win at.
Deri Mattravers recovered from injury took his place at number 8 and Ross Wardle replaced Tom Cooper at inside centre. Kieran Crawford kept hold of the captain’s armband.
Bedwas started well and Kristian Owen made a great run and was tackled on the line as Bedwas spurned a great opportunity score. However they were not to be denied for long as Adam Greendale scored a great try out wide, Stuart Thomas adding the conversion.
Bedwas took the game to their hosts and dominated in the tight and came close to scoring when Jamie Jones was tackled eight metres from the try line following a great run. From the clearance Bedwas were penalised for a ruck offence but Morgan was wide with his kick from 25 metres. He made amends a few minutes later with a kick from directly in front of the posts.
Bedwas flanker Phil Sargent was then sin binned for an innocuous looking challenge and Quins turned the screw as Bedwas weathered the pressure of being a man short. Quins should have taken advantage but errors let them down.
Bedwas began the second half looking to up the ante and take the game to their hosts. Thomas extended the visitors lead with a 42nd minute penalty and then made a try saving tackle as good back play by Quins saw them close to the line. Bedwas had to defend resolutely as Quins camped in their 25 and eventually cleared the ball, Quins domination of territory saw them score a try through Gareth Morgan which he converted himself.
Bedwas had an opportunity to regain the lead after 60 minutes but Stuart Thomas’ long range kick was wide before second rower Haydn Pugh crossed for Quins, Morgan adding the extras to put the home side 17-10 ahead.
Bedwas knocked at the door but could not break down a well organised defence as Quins held on for a deserved win.
Bedwas man of the match: Stuart Thomas, a shining light on a sinking ship.