Bedwas RFC 16 Llandovery RFC 28
Principality Welsh Premiership, Wednesday 13 April 2016.
Match report and photography by Ian Lovell.
A brace of Richard Wilkes tries were not enough to see off a strong challenge from the Drovers whose bonus whose point victory sees them move to second in a very congested top four of the table.
Llandovery were straight onto the front foot and kept the ball alive as the Bedwas rear-guard had to dig deep to repel heavy pressure which eventually told as flanker Shaun Miles was driven over. Jack Maynard was wide with his penalty attempt.
Bedwas fought back, having a spell of pressure of their own before Richard Wilkes was last up off the whitewash having been driven over by his pack colleagues. James Dixon added the conversion to give the home side the lead.
Brynley Toms was harshly sin binned for a scrum offence on 27 minutes and the extra man proved decisive as outside centre Jacob Cowley found the space to cross for a try, this time Maynard added the extras.
Richard Wilkes added his second try in similar fashion to his first early in the second half again goaled by Dixon to once again put his side two points ahead.
The game became a wrestle as both sides looked for the killer blow and it was Llandovery who found it as captain and left winger Matthew Jacobs weaved his way through the home defence for a try improved upon by Maynard.
Bedwas responded by bringing the evergreen Deri Mattravers for his final appearance in a Bedwas shirt stretching back sixteen astonishing years. Bedwas coach Steve Law said: “It is the end of an era. Deri's loyalty and total commitment has been wonderful. We will never see his like again and he has made a great contribution to the Bedwas Rugby Club through his long career”.
Sadly for Deri has swansong was not to end on a winning note despite some strong carries. Llandovery continued to attack and whilst they were denied a certain try by Aled Brew’s excellent tackle they gained their reward shortly before the final whistle as Jacobs crossed for his second try on the night.
Bedwas have no game on the weekend of 16-17 April but visit Pontypridd on Saturday 23 April (2-30pm kick-off). The club is however awaiting confirmation of the date of the remaining outstanding fixture at Cross Keys.
Watch this space.