Aberavon RFC 24 Bedwas RFC 16
Principality Welsh Premiership, Saturday 12 September 2015.
Match report courtesy of Howard Evans, photography by Ian Lovell
Despite being the only scorers in the second half Bedwas could not break down a strong Aberavon defence as the ‘Wizards’ held on to gain their second successive Premiership victory.
Aberavon were without the injured Cameron Clement and James Garland was away, leaving them to permit in 22-years-old Steff Williams from Resolven at fly half for a league debut.
Williams produced a fine performance and proved a vital link as his side opened up a 24-8 interval lead before it was all hands to the pumps as Bedwas got on and over the line without grounding.
Bedwas never throw the towel in and after a poor opening their use of replacements strengthened them but they lost flanker George Lee to a yellow card after 29 minutes.
Aberavon coach Jason Hyatt commented: “There were some tired legs out there at the end but I was pleased with our defence. Bedwas took the second half and came here after a good win at Carmarthen.
“It was a good opening 40 minutes for us and it was a pity that once again we just missed out with the bonus-point try.”
Bedwas head coach Steve Law said: “Despite a good last 30 minutes we made too many early handling errors and missed tackles. Yes, the bench did help us but we left ourselves with too much to do and I was disappointed with our performance.”
Wing Stefan Andrews leapt in at the corner after four minutes and though speedy wing George Gasson pulled one back, Aberavon’s drive went to the posts where scrum-half David Pritchard tapped a penalty and scored.
A further first-half try by prop Rowan Jenkins took them clear but Bedwas had the last say as lively replacement centre, teenager Connor Edwards, was worked clear to earn Bedwas a losing bonus point.
Next Saturday (19 September, kick off 2-30pm) Bedwas host local rivals Cross Keys.