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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Toms & Bedwas Win Big

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Brynley Toms and his Bedwas teammates put Llandovery to the sword scoring eight tries to claim a bonus point win 49 – 17 and move to second place in the Tier 1 table and with two games remaining are on the brink of assuring the top four finish they deserve.

On a sunny, wind-free April afternoon Bedwas opened the scoring after three minutes after a high tackle on Connor Edwards, Richard Powell successfully kicking the penalty. The Bedwas forwards set their stall out early and dominated their visiting counterparts in the scrum which set up a second Powell penalty goal as the visiting scrum was demolished.

Llandovery attempted to get back in the game but former Bedwas fly half Jack Maynard was unsuccessful with two long range penalty attempts. His side didn’t lie down however and scored the day’s first try of the day when their dangerous runners opened up a gap in the Bedwas defence and left wing Aaron Warren ran through to dot down just right of the posts. Maynard had no problem adding the extras.

Bedwas hit back and looked to control possession. With the home forwards again dominant the visiting forwards were struggling to contain the Bedwas scrum and referee Rhys Thomas was unsympathetic as a scrum collapsed and immediately awarded a penalty try. Powell converted.

The home side looked to turn the screw but their good work was often undone by losing possession of the ball but they stuck to their task. Just before the half hour mark a clearance kick out of the Bedwas half looked harmless enough. Rory Budina had other ideas and turned the gas on to sprint after the ball causing the visiting defender to spill the ball which Budina picked up and touched down. Powell’s conversion from out wide was unsuccessful.

Nathan Hudd’s sinbinning for a high tackle shortly could have proved more costly but the remaining Bedwas fourteen dug deep and no more points were conceded.

The second half started as the first had ended with Llandovery scoring the first try by centre Craig Woodall after forwards and backs cleverly moved the ball across the pitch and created space for the try scorer. Maynard’s conversion reduced the Bedwas lead to four points.

Almost immediately Bedwas struck back, Alun Rees’ clever off load set up James Thomas to crash through the visiting defence for a try improved upon by Powell.

Thomas then turned from hero to villain as he was sinbinned for retaliation after being on the receiving end of a Llandovery punch. Maynard made no mistake with the penalty and the Bedwas lead was again reduced. Llandovery sensed an opportunity and thought they’d scored a third try only for the referee to chalk it off for a forward pass following the intervention of one his assistants.

With fresh legs for Bedwas introduced around the hour mark the home side clicked into gear. Matthew John extended the home lead following a barnstorming run and with it Bedwas earned a bonus point. Powell was unable to add the conversion.

Late in the game veteran prop forward Chris Budgen came on for Matthew Pettit. Budgen proved that age is no barrier and at 44years young scored two tries in two minutes as he was driven over by his colleagues, Powell converting the first to dispel any thoughts the visitors may have harboured that they could salvage something from the game.

Bedwas were not finished as late in the game second row Joe Davies’ rampaging run saw him bulldoze through the visiting defence for his sides’ eighth try of the afternoon. Powell’s conversion completed the scoring as the referee blew for time.
Saturday, April 01, 2017
Toms & Bedwas Defeat Quinn

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Brynley Toms and his Bedwas teammates earned a hard fought 23 - 18 win over Quinn in their 2016/2017 Fosters Challenge Cup fixture.

Bedwas got Try’s from Michael Callow and Pat Lewis, while Richard Powell kicked 2 Conversions and 3 Penalties.

Quinn got Try’s from Shaun Evans and Andrew Green, they also got a Conversion off the boot of Craig Evans and Steffan Marshall kicked 2 Penalties.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
O'Shaughnessy Helps Cardiff Retain the Western Trophy

O'Shaughnessy on the left
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Bermudian Tadhg O'Shaughnessy, playing flanker for Cardiff University who retained the Western Counties Plate Final in a tight match vs Exeter University, 16 - 14 with a last minute win.

O'Shaughnessy, a former Bermuda Under 19 representative and Bedford RFC Academy graduate, is vying for selection to Bermuda's Men's National XV when they take on Mexico, the Cayman Islands and USA South over the next couple of months.
Friday, March 24, 2017
University of Pennsylvania Praise Sports Center Grass

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The University of Pennsylvania is no stranger to URugby events, but this was their first appearance in the Ariel Re Bermuda 7s. According to President Matthew Caltabiano, the team took full advantage of being in the warm weather. "After our practice on Friday morning we all went to Horseshoe Bay Beach and jumped in the water to cool down," Caltabiano said while reflecting on the team's trip to Bermuda.

He went on to discuss the perfection of the weather during the matches. The team also took notice of the difference in Bermuda grass. "The grass was some of the nicest we've ever played on. Guys were commenting on how much easier it was to cut and make moves than on the usual turf we play on," Caltabiano stated.

Although the University of Pennsylvania's Ariel Re Bermuda 7s trip started off a little shaky, they were able to turn it around to finish with a record of 4-2. Their first match was against the host Ariel Re All Stars team that ended in a 29 - 5 loss. Penn's following game was also a tough opponent, Kutztown University's second side. Kutztown University's Seconds won in a landslide by a score of 35 - 5. From that game on, it was only uphill for Penn. They concluded their first day of competition with a 17 - 14 victory over Norwich University.

Penn came out of the gate hot on the second day of competition by blanking the University at Albany by a score of 39-nil. Their success continued with a 31 - 7 victory over St. Joseph's Second Side. They concluded their trip with a rematch against Norwich University that produced similar results, a 19 - 10 victory.

Matthew Caltabiano and the rest of the University of Pennsylvania's Rugby team took full advantage of the unique location of the tournament. On Saturday, after the tournament, the entire team decided to go downtown into Hamilton to capture the full Bermuda experience. The trip also provided the Quakers the opportunity to meet other college rugby programs and build a relationship with local competition. "While downtown we went out with the guys from St. Joe's with our coaches and theirs we had a blast. The team's experience was very positive."
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Toms & Bedwas Make Strides Towards Top Four Finish

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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.

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