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Friday, February 17, 2017
Bermuda Go Down to New York & Ladies Round Up

The final matches of the Bermuda Rugby Football Union’s Women's League season took place at the National Sports Centre before the Bermuda National XV hosted New York Athletic Club (NYAC).

In the Women’s League game the Renegades came from 1-0 down to defeat the Teachers 2 - 1. The Teachers took the lead through Najee Pitt-Clarke's Try in the opening minute.

Leah Collis leveled early in the second half, before Amy Harvey scorched through the defense for the winner 2 minutes from time.

The win kept Renegades' hopes of winning the League alive, but needed Mariners to upset Police in the second game of the night.

After an exciting, but scoreless first half, the League's top try scorer, Jo Murray, inevitably broke the deadlock with a fine finish for Police, but National 7s team player Amanda Swan equalized almost immediately and Mariners held on for the draw, which ultimately handed Renegades the League title.

The night's action concluded with touring New York Athletic Club defeating Bermuda's National XV squad 28-14.

John Quigley equalized for Bermuda, after an early score from the visitors, and before Darren Richardson touched down under the posts to give Bermuda a 14-7 lead approaching half time.

The tourists hit back just before the break, and despite many impressive individual performances within the Bermuda ranks, NYAC scored twice more without reply to win 28-14.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Wiliams & Bobcats Rugby Club Advance

Ndavyah Williams and his Bobcats Rugby Club teammates defeated Emory 26-10.

With the win Williams and his teammates secured their spot to play Valdosta State again for the GA Conference match.

Captain and scrum-half Daniel Rice and 8-man Garrett Shuler scored beautiful Try’s to keep it very competitive for Emory. Man of the Match was Emory prop Cristian Zaragoza for going hard and smashing their defensive line over and over again.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Toms & Bedwas On Top of Premier Division

Brynley Toms’ Bedwas teammate Matthew John’s late try earned Bedwas a bonus point win 24 - 7 over Carmarthen Quins as another solid performance from the entire squad saw Bedwas move into top place of the Tier 1 split with two games played.

Carmarthen had first chance to put points on the board after Bedwas were penalised for not rolling away at a ruck, Craig Evans, however, pulled his effort wide. The Bedwas response was quick. A Carmarthen clearance kick was charged down by Richard Powell and Matthew John was fastest to the loose ball and touched down in the left hand corner. Powell’s tricky conversion from out wide went wide.

Shortly afterwards Powell had a penalty chance from just in his own half but his effort struck the left hand upright and bounced out of play.

Carmarthen were determined to get back into the game and did so after 18 minutes. Quick hands across the line exposed a narrow Bedwas defence and left wing Morgan Griffiths exploited the space to cross; Evans adding the conversion to put his side ahead.

Both sides looked to increase their lead but it was Bedwas who struck next. James Thomas made a fine break only to be hauled down 15 metres from the home line but the supporting Geraint Edmunds picked up the ball and ran through a posse of tacklers to restore Bedwas’ lead. Powell’s conversion extended the lead.

Both sides defended well and halftime came with no further addition to the scores.

Bedwas dominated possession and territory for the opening 20 minutes of the second half but were unable to turn this dominance into points. However, keeping the pressure on eventually gained its reward with Robson Blake being driven over for a try, Powell’s conversion put his side 12 points ahead with 12 minutes left to play.

Bedwas were in no mood to surrender their hard earned lead and continued to dominate possession. Again patience was key as a great break in midfield by Jack Dixon put Matthew John clear for his sides’ fourth and bonus point try. Powell was wide with his conversion but there was insufficient time for the Quins to spoil the party.
Thursday, February 09, 2017
Toms & Bedwas Continue Winning Streak

Brynley Toms and his Bedwas teammates got the second part of the season off to A 15 - 13 winning start they yearned as five Richard Powell Penalty Goals and a tremendous resilience shown by the entire fifteen kept Ebbw out when at times under siege.

The home side dominated possession early doors but Bedwas were in no mood to yield any points. Home outside half Josh Lewis had first opportunity for points with a straight kick from halfway, his kick went wide which set the tone for this well thought of youngster who had an afternoon with the boot he’ll want to forget.

Conversely Richard Powell whose first attempt at goal from probably 40 metres sailed through the posts and thereafter was successful with every kick he took.

The heavy pitch and greasy ball made it tricky for both sides to carve any openings from running the ball. Ebbw continued to keep Bedwas on the back foot and just after the half hour opened the scoring from a driving maul as Ronnie Kynes was eventually bundled over in what was a very familiar sight last season. Lewis converted but there were a few puzzled looks from Bedwas supporters who thought the ball went wide.

Bedwas responded instantly and Powell gratefully accepted another penalty chance to reduce arrears to a solitary point as the whistle blew for halftime.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first as Ebbw dominated possession and territory but it was Bedwas who accumulated points via Richard Powell penalties on 44, 55 and 64 minutes.

Bedwas replaced the two starting props on 65 minutes, three minutes later Ebbw notched their second try as replacement Jack Goodey charged through; the try being awarded even though he appeared to drop the ball as he crossed the line. Crucially Lewis missed the conversion.

With the deficit reduced to three points Ebbw through everything they could muster at Bedwas, wave after wave of attacks were repelled as Bedwas dug in and everyone played an important part in maintaining the slender lead.

This was not without its heart stopping moments with the home faithful screaming for a yellow card for an alleged tip tackle but the match officials couldn’t decide who the culprit was and awarded a penalty. Lewis was again off target with his attempt.

With the clock running down the home side were awarded another penalty chance and rather than kick it to claim a draw decided to run the ball to try and win the game but Bedwas held firm to clinch a vital win.
Sunday, February 05, 2017
The Rest Win Denton Hurdle Memorial Match

Teachers 22 The Rest 33

In the Denton Hurdle Memorial First Team match at the National Sports Center The Rest defeated the Teachers 33 - 22.

Chiquon Smith scored 3 Try’s for The Rest, while Ben Beasley and Dan Cole added a Try each, Cole kicked 4 Conversions.

The Teachers got 2 Try’s from Corey Boyce, while Tashon DeSilva and Jahnico Francis added a Try each, with Pat Paperplane kicking 1 Conversion.

The Teachers Ladies Seconds drew 3 - 3, with The Rest Seconds, while the Teachers Ladies First team defeated The Rest 2 - 0.

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