Bedwas RFC 29 Llandovery RFC 13
Principality Welsh Premiership, Friday 21 November 2014.
Match report and photography by Ian Lovell.
A strong defensive performance and an excellent display of goal kicking from Richard Powell combined to earn Bedwas a deserved victory at a wet Bridgefield.
Both sides took time to settle and get into their stride although Powell’s first attempt at goal nudged his side ahead after 12 minutes. Good defence from both sides kept the score the same before visiting inside centre Rhodri Jones broke through to score a well worked try, James Garland adding the conversion.
Bedwas were not to be denied and two further Powell penalty goals the second after the same player made a great break from his own 22 meter area only to be hauled down meters from the try line. The referee spotted an off the ball incident and sin binned visiting prop forward Greg Cunniffe.
Two minutes later good Bedwas pressure saw Mathew Pewtner rewarded with a try in the right hand corner, Powell confidently slotting the conversion to put his side 16-7 ahead.
Llandovery fought back and Bedwas indiscipline was punished by two further James Garland penalties, the second on the stroke of half time to reduce the deficit to three points.
The second half followed a similar pattern as both sides continue to defend well with neither willing to budge. Powell nudged Bedwas further ahead with a well struck penalty before back rower Shaun Miles became the second Llandovery player to be sin-binned this time for a deliberate knock on. Powell once again took his chance and his successful penalty put his side 22 points to 13 ahead.
Bedwas turned the screw and made the extra man pay off as Rhys Hutcherson was driven over for a try, Powell completed his 100% successful kicking record with a well struck conversion. With the clock ticking down Bedwas replacement Deri Mattravers was sin binned for a tackle offence but there was insufficient time for the visitors to get back into the game and the home side held out for deserved victory.
Bedwas are next in league action on Saturday 20th December 2014 when they visit Cardiff Arms Park, in the meantime a home friendly fixture has been arranged against Beddau on Saturday 13 December 2014, kick off 2-30pm.