Brynley Toms and his Bedwas teammates got back to winning ways as a dominant first half swept Neath away 40 - 10.
Bedwas opened their account after only 4 minutes. A driving maul which marched the Neath pack back 30 meters at lightning speed was deemed to be stopped illegally by the home defenders, the referee immediately awarding Bedwas a penalty try. To compound matters for the home side winger Aled Jenkins was adjudged the guilty party and a yellow card issued.
Bedwas took advantage of the extra man and good work by the pack saw scrum half Tom Rowlands driven over for a try, Steffan Jones adding the conversion.
Neath reduced arrears after 13 minutes courtesy of an Edward Howley penalty goal after Bedwas were adjudged offside at a ruck.
Their joy was short-lived as Bedwas continued to dominate and a break down the right flank started by Jones, continued by Craig Hudd and the supporting Tom Rowlands was finished off in the corner by James Richards. Once again Steffan Jones added the extras.
Bedwas claimed the four try bonus point after 21 minutes, once again the pack did the work allowing Tom Rowlands the chance to snipe in from close range to cross for a try again converted by Jones.
Although Bedwas continued to dominate no further scores until just before the interval as Tom Rowlands found a gap in the home defense to stretch out and claim his hat-trick try; Jonesís conversion put Bedwas 35 - 3 ahead.
With the game won and being mindful that his team had played little rugby in recent weeks head coach Ian Gardner made wholesale changes to his team as seven replacements in two tranches were made to give players some game time.
It didnít initially affect play as Adam Williams despite howls of protest from the home fans that the pass to Williams was forward found room to run in down the right wing and cross for an unconverted try.
With the game firmly in the bag Bedwas could take their collective feet off the gas pedal and see out the game conserving energy for future challenges. This allowed the home side much more possession which finally bought its reward after 66 minutes as fly half Iwan Evans crossed after patient approach work by his colleagues. Howley added the extras to put his side in double figures.
Any hope his side had of a comeback were soon extinguished as Bedwas were able to contain any attack and the game finished without further scoring.
Friday, February 16, 2018
Toms & Bedwas Set To Play Neath RFC
Bryn Toms and his Bedwas teammates travel to the Gnoll the home of Neath RFC hoping the weather gods donít intervene this week and the game will go ahead.
Head coach Ian Gardner names the same starting fifteen which would have taken on Newport last week were it not for a waterlogged pitch. The one change is on the bench where Tom Devine comes in for Dan Preece at loose head prop.
Neath made the long trip to Colwyn Bay last weekend to take on RGC 1404 RFC and were on the wrong end of a 66 points to 3 reverse so itís likely they will be hoping for better in front of their own supporters.
Whilst Bedwas have won four of the last five encounters against Neath the team have prepared well for this game as they look to kick start what has been a stop-start season.
The twenty three players named are:
15. Aaron Bramwell, 14. Pat Lewis, 13. Adam Williams, 12. Mike Callow, 11. Pat Howard, 10. Steffan Jones, 9. Tom Rowlands; 1. Bryn Toms, 2. Alun Rees, 3. Dan Suter, 4. Craig Hudd, 5. Geraint Edmunds, 6. James Richards, 7. David McGuigan, 8. Andrew Waite.
Replacements: 16. Rhys Hutcherson, 17. Dale Rogers, 18. Tom Devine, 19. Gareth Allen, 20. Ben Thompson, 21. Luke Crane, 22. Lewis Evans, 23. Mike Hathaway.
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Denton Hurdle Memorial Day
Action from the Sports Center
The National Sports Center hosted the Denton Hurdle Memorial matches.
The day sees Rugby players from Teachers attending a Church Service at Bright Temple AME, before taking on teams made up of players from the other three clubs, Mariners, Renegades and Police.
In the Opening Game the Teachers 2nd Ladies team defeated The Rest 2nd Ladies team 3 - 2. That game was followed by the Ladies 1st team match that also saw the Teachers come out victorious 3 - 0.
In the Menís 2nd Team game The Rest defeated the Teachers 17 - 15, but in the Menís 1st team game the Teachers defeated The Rest 55 - 26.
Sunday, February 04, 2018
Toms & Bedwas Fall to League Leaders Merthyr
Brynley Toms and his Brave Bedwas teammates gave it a great shot against the current league leaders and despite losing two key players with what looked to be long term injuries they never allowed Merthyr to have all their own way as they won 34 - 23.
Both sides showed plenty of endeavor for the first twenty minutes punctuated by the frequent blast of the refereeís whistle for errors and penalties with neither side creating try scoring opportunities.
Bedwas lost their influential captain George Lee with a suspected broken arm after 24 minutes, his place being taken by David McGuigan and the game became a big arm wrestle as both sides fought for an opening.
Bedwas finally took the lead on 34 minutes as Merthyr were penalized at a ruck and Steffan Jones fired over the resulting penalty.
Bedwas suddenly found their straps and following another penalty kicked to touch the Merthyr defense could not legally stop a Bedwas rolling maul and the referee instantly awarded Bedwas a penalty try.
Steffan Jones added another penalty just before the scheduled break but half time was then delayed by a serious looking neck injury to Bedwas troubles. Nathan Hudd who was eventually removed via the body board.
The referee deemed there was still two minutes of the half to play and after earning a penalty Merthyr went through the phases and Rhys Downes crossed for a try, Richard Powell added the extras to take the score to Bedwas 13 Merthyr 7 at the break.
The second half started with Bedwas continuing their dogged defense of their line but discipline began to slip as the pressure mounted with the penalty count mounting as a result. However it was not all bad news as the trusty boot of Jones increased the Bedwas lead to 16 - 9.
Merthyr full back Kristian Phillips exploited a gap in the Bedwas defence to cross and with Powellís conversion his side were within two points of the home side.
Further Merthyr pressure saw Bedwas concede two penalties in front of the posts both converted by Powell, the second of which saw Pat Lewis (who has returned to the club from Cardiff) sin binned for his troubles.
A side shorn of a man invariably struggles and this game was no different as replacement prop forward Nathan Trevett found his way over the line for a try converted by Powell to put his side 11 points clear.
As the game went into its closing stages Bedwas replacement prop Jack Williams limped off with a pulled hamstring and Rhys Hutcherson re-entered the fray. Within 60 seconds Hutcherson found a gap in the visiting defense to cross for a try. Jonesí conversion took Bedwas to within four points and thus losing bonus point territory. Merthyr had other ideas as hooker Rhys Williams crossed for a try converted by Powell took that point away.
There was still time for Bedwas to mount one last attack but Merthyr were in no mood to surrender what they had earned and no further scores were added.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Bermuda Ariel Re High School Rugby League
The Ariel Re High School League continued at the National Sports Center with Round 3, this Under 18 Division double header saw 68 points put on the board
In the opener the Warwick Academy/Bermuda Institute Combined team defeated Cedarbridge Academy 22 Ė 17.
The Warwick Academy/Bermuda Institute Combined team got 3 Tryís from Matisse Bascome, with Tommy Westhead adding the other, with Mathew Daniel kicking a Conversion.
Cedarbridge Academy got single Tryís from Andre Woollery, Dakarai Grant and Devin Augustus with Paulo Sousa kicking 1 Conversion.
In the nightcap Saltus defeated the Berkeley Institute 17 Ė 12.
Neil Figureido would score 2 Tryís for Saltus, who also got a Try from Tyler Kendall and Conor Somerville kicked the Conversion.
The Berkeley Institute would get Tryís from Cairi Albuoy and Gabrielm Curiel-Jaquez and George Peets kicked a Conversion.