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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Toms & Bedwas Make Strides Towards Top Four Finish

A magnificent effort by Brynley Toms and his Bedwas teammates earned them the accolades of becoming only the second team to win at Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay this season and in doing so gaining another step towards a top four end of season play-off position.

With a strong wind at their backs the home side dominated early possession and the trusty boot of Jacob Botica edged them into an early three point lead after Bedwas were penalised at a ruck.

Botica had a second effort shortly after but his brave attempt from the half way line fell short.

Bedwas looked to counter but found it hard to gain territory. Alun Rees thought he’d given the visitors the lead after 21 minutes but his effort was ruled out by the referee and the home side cleared the danger from the ensuing penalty. Shortly afterwards RGC backrower Josh Leach was adjudged to have lifted a Bedwas player in the tackle and was given a ten minute rest by the referee for his misdemeanour. Bedwas sensed an opportunity but the throw in from the ensuing line out was lost and with it field position.

Not long after the home side returned to full complement Bedwas centre Mike Callow was adjudged to have slowed the ball down at a ruck and he too spent 10 minutes in ‘the cooler’. Bedwas dug deep to keep their hosts out and half time was reached with the hosts holding a slender three point advantage.

Much looked to depend on how Bedwas took advantage of the strong wind at their backs for the second period. Mike Callow made a break down the middle before Griffiths' deft kick to the right flank was collected by Pat Lewis who squeezed in for a try out wide. Powell’s conversion attempt drifted across the posts to safety.

RGC responded after a Bedwas clearance kick didn’t find touch and full back Afon Bradshaw ran a great line to cross, Botica’s conversion into the wind went wide.

Bedwas lifted their game and profited from RGC indiscipline at the scrum. Powell missed a penalty attempt to the right of the goal on 57 minutes but found his range shortly afterwards with two well struck kicks to edge Bedwas a single point ahead.

Shortly after the second penalty kick a Bedwas attack opened up the home defence and Joe Davies galloped through for a try out wide which Powell improved.

RGC didn’t allow their heads to drop and good interplay between backrower Josh Leach and right winger Sam Jones saw the latter race through for a try but crucially the conversion attempt went wide.

Powell settled Bedwas nerves with a third penalty goal with eight minutes left to play and Bedwas’ sound defence kept out the opposition to claim the vital win.

This win sees Bedwas move to second place in the tier one table with three games left to play.

Saturday, March 18, 2017
Bermuda Ariel Re Rugby 7's Final Day

It was only fitting that Kutztown Rugby and Bermuda’s Ariel Re All Stars who both entered the day unbeaten met in the Bermuda Ariel Re Sevens Final at the National Sports Center.

Kutztown were crowned the Ariel Re Bermuda Sevens Men's College Champions following their 33 - 5 win over the Bermuda’s Ariel Re All Stars.

The High School Boys Cup Final saw the Bermuda Ariel Re High School All Stars go down 35 - 0 to the West Chester Boys High School.

Stony Brook University won the Men's College Plate Final Iona College 12 - 7.

High School Girls Round Robin

Bermuda All Stars 37 The Harvey School 0
Bermuda All Stars 25 The Harvey School 15
Bermuda All Stars 36 The Harvey School 0

High School Boys Pool Matches

Warwick Academy 0 West Chester Boys 29
Under 18 Beyond Rugby 19 Under 16 Beyond Rugby 12

Men's College Shield Round Robin

Norwich University 14 St. Joseph's University II 10
University of Pennsylvania 39 University at Albany 0

Men's College Cup Quarters

Bermuda Ariel Re All Stars 31 Rowan University 7
Iona College 14 St. Joseph's University 26
Kutztown University 28 West Chester Black Foxes 7
Kutztown University II 19 Stony Brook University 17

High School Boys Semi-Finals

Ariel Re All Stars 26 Warwick Academy 5
Under 18 Beyond Rugby 29 Under 16 Beyond Rugby 5

Men's College Shield Round Robin

University of Pennsylvania 31 St. Joseph's University II 7
Norwich University 26 University at Albany 12

St. Joseph's University II 10 University at Albany 19
University of Pennsylvania 19 Norwich University 10

Men's College Plate Semi-Finals

West Chester Black Foxes 0 Stony Brook University 33
Rowan University 14 Iona College 17

Men's College Cup Semi-Finals

Bermuda Ariel Re All Stars 17 St. Joseph's University 15
Kutztown University 29 Kutztown University II 10

High School Boys Friendly

Warwick Academy 22 Under 16 Beyond Rugby 12

Men's College Plate Final

Stony Brook University 12 Iona College 7

Men's College 3rd Place

St. Joseph's University 31 Kutztown University II 10

High School Boys Cup Final

West Chester Boys 35 Bermuda Ariel Re All Stars 0

Men's College Cup Final

Bermuda Ariel Re All Stars 5 Kutztown University 33

Friday, March 17, 2017
Bermuda Rugby Sevens 2017 Underway

The 2017 Ariel Re Bermuda Rugby 7’s got underway at the National Sports Center with a host of matches taking place on the North Field.

2017 Ariel Re Day One Results

Ariel Re HS 7 Chester Rugby 35

Ariel Re College 10 Kutztown Rugby II 5

Black Foxes Rugby 28 UAlbany M Rugby - 19

Beyond_Rugby U18 0 Warwick Academy 22

Norwich RFC 14 Penn Rugby 17

Beyond_Rugby U18 7 Chester Rugby 38

Hawk Rugby II 12 Rowan Mens Rugby 43

Ariel Re HS 38 Beyond_Rugby U16 0

Stony Brook Rugby 12 ICRFC1 (Iona) 19

Kutz Town Rugby 38 Hawk Rugby 5

Kutz Town Rugby 33 Black Foxes Rugby 7

Kutz Town Rugby II 35 Penn Rugby 5

Ariel Re College 31 Norwich RFC 7

ICRFC1(Iona) 14 Rowan Mens Rugby 14

Stony Brook Rugby 24 Hawk Rugby II 5

Kutz Town Rugby II 27 Norwich RFC 0

Ariel Re HS 7 Beyond_Rugby 0

Beyond_Rugby U16 5 Warwick Academy 29

Hawk Rugby 31 Black Foxes Rugby 5

Ariel Re HS 17 Warwick Academy 7

Beyond Rugby U16 0 West Chester 50

Ariel Re College 29 Penn Rugby 5

Stony Brook Rugby 33 Rowan Mens Rugby 0

Hawk Rugby II 7 ICRFC1 19

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Atavus Rugby Return to Bermuda
XL Catlin's continued sponsorship of a long-term partnership between the Bermuda Rugby Football Union and Atavus, the company co-founded by World Rugby Hall-of-Famer, Waisale Serevi, sees the two-time World Cup winner back on island this week; the first of three scheduled visits in 2017.

Joining Serevi, are USA Women's Head Coach Richie Walker, U.S. Eagle Shalom Sunialu, and three-time National Champion Carly MacKinnon.

The team have already led Beyond Rugby sessions for students of Dellwood, CedarBridge and Berkeley, and with scheduled visits to Saltus, Victor Scott, Somersfield and St. George's Prep, National Team sessions and the season's final Sunday Rugby event, the group will engage more than 1,000 Bermudian rugby players by the time they return to the U.S. on Monday, from as young as 4 years old, up to the Senior National Teams.

Bermuda's Men's & Women's National Teams are building towards the RAN 7s which will take place in November, which will have the added incentive of acting as the qualifing tournament for the prestigious Hong Kong 7s, the World Cup Finals in San Franciso, as well as the 2018 CACSO and Commonwealth Games.

While the long-term goal of this week's visit is to lay the foundation for strong performances in November, and what lies beyond that pending qualification, the immediate focus is to prepare the Bermuda teams competing in the Ariel Re 7s on March 17 & 18 at the National Sports Centre. More than 200 athletes will take part in high-level competition this weekend, and it is a rare occasion that so many of our young men and women have the opportunity to play against international teams on home soil.

"We always look forward to the Atavus team visiting and exposing more of the island’s youth to the benefits rugby can bring to their lives,” said Mark Berry, Senior Vice President and Managing Director at XL Group who is also a Bermudian former rugby player and a committee member of the UK-based children’s charity of rugby The Wooden Spoon. “We look forward to building on the excitement created by Serevi’s previous visits to not only get more children across the island interested in the game, but to build the core rugby skills of our high end players to compete with the best in the world.”

“We are extremely grateful to Waisale Serevi, everyone at Atavus Rugby and XL Catlin for their help developing the sport in Bermuda. Their frequent visits provide world class guidance, hands-on structure and a framework from the grassroots of mini-rugby, through our thriving school leagues, right up to our Senior National Teams.” said Bermuda RFU President, Sean Field-Lament.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Toms & Bedwas Advance to Fosters Challenge Cup Final

Six scintillating first half tries in a display of clinical, accurate rugby paved the way for Brynley Toms and his Bedwas teammates to seal a second successive Fosters Challenge Cup final appearance.

Bedwas showed their intent from the start and the game was barely two minutes old when Chris Budgen was driven over for the opening try, Richard Powell added the conversion.

Six minutes later Nicky Griffiths found the space to run in for his sides’ second try, Powell again converting. The visiting supporters didn’t have to wait long for the third try. Budgen was denied a clear second try by the unsighted referee before James Richards forced his way through a pile of bodies to cross; Powell’s conversion struck an upright and bounced clear.

Keeping the momentum going Powell added a penalty kick before Nicky Griffiths broke through to stretch out to add his sides’ fourth try, Powell successfully added the extras to extend his sides’ advantage to 29 points with only 22 minutes played.

Bridgend tried to get back into the game but met a stubborn Bedwas defence. A Pat Lewis try converted by Powell after 30 minutes added salt to the wounds as Bridgend had no answer to the accuracy in attack shown by their opponents.

With the clock ticking towards half time Aaron Bramwell squeezed his way through the home defence for his sides’ sixth try of the afternoon, Powell added the extras to put his side 43 points ahead at the interval.

An injury to Richard Powell (replaced by James Dixon) and replacements of George Lee and Mike Callow with Nathan Hudd and Connor Edwards respectively upset the Bedwas rhythm and Bridgend got onto the scoreboard early in the second half to the delight of their supporters as winger Tom O’Flaherty exploited a hole in in the Bedwas defence to cross, Joseph Scrivens added the conversion.

Any thoughts of a comeback Bridgend may have harboured quickly evaporated as Connor Edwards forced his way through the home defence to set up Pat Lewis for his sides 7th try of the afternoon, James Dixon’s conversion attempt going wide.

Bridgend looked for salvation and dominated possession and with Bedwas on the back foot former Ravens’ favourite James Dixon was sinbinned for killing the ball at a ruck. Geraint Edmunds responded in the best possible way shortly afterwards to crash over for his sides 8th try, Bramwell took over the kicking tee to successfully add the extras. Edmunds then had to withdraw from the contest with injury leaving Bedwas down to 13 men for over five minutes. However, the home side were unable to take advantage of the superior numbers and the scoreboard operator was not needed.

Bridgend didn’t give in and with two minutes left to play O’Flaherty found the space to cross for a consolation try which was converted by replacement Jacob Lloyd.

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