Bedwas battle and maintain unbeaten record

Maesteg Quins RFC 0 Bedwas RFC 29

WRU Specsavers Championship, Saturday 07 December 2019.

Match report and photography by Ian Lovell.

A last gasp Mike Dacey try claimed Bedwas a bonus point win after a hard fought game played in drizzling rain for the virtually the whole game.

After a cagey opening Bedwas took the lead after 10 minutes courtesy of a Dion McIntosh penalty goal. Further chances to score were few as both sides struggled to control a slippery ball.

Although the Bedwas scrum was creaking the forwards were effective in the loose as a driving maul was illegally stopped resulting in a yellow card for home hooker Thomas. Bedwas made the extra man count shortly afterwards as Mike Dacey emerged from a pile of bodies to claim the first try after an earlier effort from Dale Rogers was deemed held up. Dion McIntosh added the conversion.

Bedwas lost two influential forwards within three minutes of each other as both Jonathan Armitage and Gareth Allen left the field with serious looking ankle injuries to be replaced by Owen Jones and Matthew Bovington respectively.

Half time arrived with no further scores but Bedwas wasted no time in increasing their advantage in the second half with Owen Jones running through for a try improved upon by McIntosh.

Twenty minutes later Jones went from saint to sinner after receiving a yellow card for not retreating 10 metres at a home penalty but crucially no points were conceded whilst Jones was on the side-lines.

The introduction of Kelvyn Williams after 48 minutes and Lewis Davies 20 minutes later shored up the Bedwas scrum and combined with some strong tackling kept the home side out.

Five minutes after Jones’ return in the gathering gloom Matthew Bovington barged through for a try, the conversion attempt going wide as the coaches implored one big last push to get the four try bonus point.

After coming agonisingly close and with the clock running down the bonus point was won by the forwards whose driving maul could not be stopped and Mike Dacey was at the bottom of the pile to claim the try. McIntosh’s conversion was quickly followed by the final whistle.

Next Saturday (14th December) Bedwas play their last game prior to the Christmas period as we host Glamorgan Wanderers in what is expected to be another physical examination.

Images from this game can be found at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bedwasrfc/albums

You May Also Like

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Pontypool 16 16 0 0 746 136 78
Bargoed 16 14 1 1 663 148 73
Bedwas 17 13 0 4 477 236 65
Cardiff Metropolitan University 18 13 1 4 528 393 63
Neath 17 8 0 9 344 413 41
Narberth 16 8 1 7 339 335 39
Cross Keys 17 8 0 9 316 395 38
Glamorgan Wanderers 16 8 0 8 233 340 35
Maesteg Harlequins 16 8 0 8 235 370 34
Ystrad Rhondda 16 6 0 10 270 350 31
Beddau 16 4 0 12 220 505 19
Trebanos 16 2 2 12 175 336 18
Tata Steel 16 2 1 13 232 521 15
Ystalyfera 17 2 0 15 204 504 13