Bedwas RFC 21 Tonmawr RFC 28
Principality Welsh Premiership, Saturday 16 April 2011.
Match report by John Meredith, photography by Ian Lovell
Tonmawr clinched a deserved victory in the dying seconds courtesy of a Darren Ritchie try as Bedwas closed out the season with a below par performance.
Tonmawr took the lead after 8 minutes when back rower Darryl Harvey crossed for an unconverted try. It was all Tonmawr at this stage and it was no surprise when they extended their lead when Hill crossed for a try, Flanagan adding the extras.
Bedwas got on the board with a Stuart Thomas penalty after a Tonmawr high tackle 25 metres from goal after 30 minutes, and then Thomas added a second penalty after 38 minutes before Flanagan added a penalty to put his side 15-6 ahead.
Deep into injury time Stuart Thomas crossed for a try out wide but was unable to add the conversion. Tonmawr had time to add a penalty after Bedwas were penalised at a scrum for and 18-11 half time lead.
Tonmawr extended their lead three minutes into the second half after Bedwas were adjudged offside, Flanagan adding the goal. Tonmawr thought they had added another try but to everyone’s amazement the referee adjudged the ball was knocked on when being grounded.
Both sides cancelled each other out and made basic errors at crucial times which prevented further scores before replacement prop Scot Roberts crossed for a try, Thomas adding the conversion and then a penalty to tie scores in injury time. For all intents and purposes it looked as though Bedwas had used a ‘get of jail card’ and earnt two points but it was not to be. Bedwas were guilty of ‘switching off’ and Tonmawr broke from their own half with the final play of the game and scored a try through Ritchie and with the successful conversion clinched the spoils 21-28 to the delight of their players, coaching staff and supporters. Bedwas gaining a losing bonus point but in truth didn’t deserve anything more.