Bedwas RFC 25 Newport RFC 41
British and Irish Cup Play off, Saturday 30 August 2014.
Match report and photography by Ian Lovell.
Bedwas threw away a promising start as Newport turned possession into points for a deserved win.
Bedwas started at pace and should have drawn first blood but Harley Thomson having ran an excellent angle to cross the try line fumbled the ball and the chance was lost. Thomson could arguably have had a second minutes later but Rory Budina’s pass was deliberately knocked by Newport’s Owen Broad who was sin binned.
Two Richard Powell penalties finally saw Bedwas dominance rewarded but Newport refused to buckle.
Newport hit back with a well worked try from Daniel Robinson which went unconverted before Matt O Brien put his side ahead with a penalty. Bedwas heads seemed to drop but lifted when Joe Smith crossed and Powell added the conversion. Barely four minutes and things improved further for the home side as centre Arron Pinches forced his way over, Powell again converted.
Newport full back Geraint O’Driscoll crossed for an unconverted try as the first half ended with Bedwas 20-13 to the good.
Newport didn’t take long into the second half to level things up as Matt O Brien was on the end of some good passes to cross for a try, O’Driscoll converted. Four minutes later Will Evans broke through some weak Bedwas tackling to restore Newport’s lead, O’Driscoll adding the conversion.
Matthew John’s unconverted try bought Bedwas back to within two points of Newport before a brace of tries from nippy winger both converted by Geraint O’Driscoll put Newport clear. With a strongish breeze at their backs Newport were able to close out the game and although they could have extended their lead they held on for a deserved victory and face Cross Keys next weekend for the right to represent the Dragons region in the British and Irish Cup.
Bedwas have a week off and a chance to regroup before Llanelli visit the Bridgefield on Sunday 14 September, kick-off 2-30pm.