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Sunday, October 08, 2017
Toms & Bedwas Continue Excellent Start to the Season

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Brynley Toms and his Bedwas teammates kept up their impressive form recording an emphatic eight try demolition of Ebbw Vale 54 - 5.

Bedwas thought they had taken an early lead but Lewis Evans’ try was chalked off by the referee for crossing but the home faithful didn’t have to wait long for the opening score. Morgan Allen crashed through some poor defence before cantering twenty metres to cross under the posts; Lewis Evans successfully converting.

Ebbw barely had time to get their breath back as Mathew John finished off a flowing move to cross near the left hand touchline, Evans again notching the extras.

Bedwas continued to dominate territory. Ross Wardle did brilliantly to offload to Mike Callow who burst through down the middle for the third try of the day, Evans’ conversion put his side 21-0 up with twenty minutes played.

Ebbw struggled to make any headway and it wasn’t surprising that with around 30 minutes elapsed that Bedwas increased their lead with Mathew John running in for his second try of the day, Evans maintaining his 100% record with the boot.

With half time approaching a close range scrum saw the ball squirt out and Tom Rowlands reacted quickest to pounce on the loose ball to score a try. Evans’ successful conversion putting his side 35-0 ahead.

There was still time for Ebbw Vale to mount a last ditch offensive on the Bedwas line which gained its reward as backrower Kristian Parker was driven for a try which went unconverted.

With the wind at their backs for the second half Ebbw started the second half strongly and for the first twenty minutes pinned Bedwas in their own half. However their territorial possession did not bring any reward, even when Bedwas lost scrum half Tom Rowlands to the sin bin as they could not find their way past a strong Bedwas defence.

Bedwas made multiple replacements between 55 and 70 minutes and as hoped for fresh legs gave Bedwas the impetus to put replacement scrum half Nicky Griffiths in for a try converted by replacement outside half Steffan Jones. This was followed almost immediately by the seventh try of the day as Alun Rees crossed for a further try. Jones’ conversion being unsuccessful.

Just before the final whistle and with Ebbw fading Bedwas added a eighth try as Alun Rees added his second if the day, Jones’ conversion made it 54 points to 8 and a more than satisfactory afternoon’s work for the men in black.
Saturday, October 07, 2017
Bermuda Onions Win Nations Tournament

Onions Ladies Action
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The Bermuda Rugby Football Union (BRFU) hosted a Friendly "Four Nations" Ladies Touch Rugby Tournament at the National Sports Center.

The four Teams: Onions (wearing pink) Lionesses (wearing white), Celts ( wearing green) and the Rest of the World (in blue) played a round affair with Onions claiming the Championship.

The Onions defeated the Celts 10 - 0, with Try’s from Kristine Riccards and Denika Borden, the Lionesses went down 10 - 0 to the World, who’s Try’s came from Alejandra Castaneda and Kristine Riccards.

The Onions got 3 from Melissa Field and single Try’s from Nya Helinger and Amanda Swan as they defeated the Lionesses 25 - 0, the World edged the 7 - 5, Melissa Fields would score a Try, with the winning Conversion from Nicki Palle, while Rachael Jenkins would score a Try for the Celts.

The decider came down to a tight game between two undefeated teams, with the Onions defeating the World 10 - 7, the Onions Try’s came from Amanda Swan and Melissa Field, while the World’s Try came from Sherice Bashir which was Converted by Nicki Palle.

Following on from the Ladies, the BRFU resurrected an old tradition in Local Rugby with the revival of the old friendly Rugby match between Onions (locals) and Limeys (the rest of the world!).

Both teams came out of the gates strong and showed a willingness to throw the ball wide. Referee Jamie Baum set the tone early by ensuring each team adhered to the breakdown rules - and as a result a quick fast flowing game evolved resulting in a total of six tries being scored in total.

Onion's opened the scoring with a spirited counter attack with the ball eventually spun wide to be touched down in the corner by Alex Brown. The Limeys were seeing green a few moments later when a raging Tashon Desilva ran a sublime line in mid field and burst through to extend the lead. Two Conversions and further Try’s from speedy Rich Cumbers and Jahan Cedenio gave the Onions a 24 - 0 lead.

A strong Limeys team led by the ever present Conor McGlynn and the ageless Peter Dunkerly battled to the end. A Strong set piece play resulted in hard fought Try”s from the massive Dave Rourke and the plucky Mike Williams to keep the score line respectable.

The final score 24-10 to the Onions was a fitting result in a well contested game played in good spirits.

 
 
Sunday, October 01, 2017
Toms & Bedwas Continue Excellent Start to the Season

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Brynley Toms and his irrepressible Bedwas teammates continued their excellent early season form to see off Cardiff 18 - 8 in a hard fought game at a wet Bridgefield.

First half chances to score were few and far between as both sides seemed to kick possession away at crucial times or possession was turned over; the wet pitch also slowing down any invention.

Bedwas replaced hooker Dale Rogers with Alun Rees after 34 minutes as they looked to improve a mis-functioning line out but it was the visitors who grabbed the first points of the game. Fly half Gareth Thompson notching a penalty after the referee adjudged Bedwas guilty of pulling down a rolling maul.

Steffan Jones had a chance to level things on the stroke of halftime but missed a penalty goal chance. However he made amends very early in the second half and the scores were level.

Cardiff grabbed the first try of the game after 58 minutes. A penalty was kicked to the corner and after the Bedwas pack held firm Thompson and Dan Fish set up centre Owen Lane to power through a gap in the home defence.

Around the hour mark Bedwas replaced their starting prop forwards, this appeared to give the home side an advantage in the tight and immediately bought a scrum offence penalty. From the ensuing line out the referee adjudged Cardiff had illegally pulled down the maul and awarded a penalty try to Bedwas. To compound matters for the visitors back rower Reuben Tucker was adjudged the guilty party and despatched to the sin bin for a 10 minutes rest.

With a dominant scrum Bedwas continued to attack and created an overlap on the left but the final pass went astray with the try line begging.

With less than 10 minutes to play a Bedwas catch and drive saw replacement hooker Alun Rees (making his first appearance of the season following surgery) driven over for a try to the right of the posts. Steffan Jones was not enjoying the best of afternoons with the boot and his conversion attempt missed. However with two minutes to play he found the target to repel any thoughts Cardiff had of salvaging anything from the game.

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Renegades Retain Mad Hatters Titles

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Renegades successfully defender the Mens and Ladies Mad Hatters Trophies at the National Sports Center as the 2017/18 Bermuda Rugby Football Union’s Season got underway.

In the Ladies Division the Mariners defeated the Police 10 - 0, the Mariners got Try’s from Sade James and Amanda Swan. the Renegades would then defeat the Teachers 15 - 0, with Try’s from Melissa Field, Rachael Jenkins, Leah Collis.

The Police would go down 32 - 0 to the Renegades who got 2 Try’s from Melissa Field and Rachael Jenkins, while Ashley Godek and Jacque Oliver added the other Try’s Nicky Palle kicked 1 Conversion. The Teachers went down 10 - 0 to the Mariners who got Try’s from Lysmeiri Santana and Deneka Borden.

The Mariners went down 12 - 5 to the Renegades, the Renegades got Try’s from Nicki Palle and Suzi Howells with a Conversion off the boot of Leah Collis, while the Mariners got their lone Try from Amanda Swan.

The match between the Police and Teachers finished 5 - 5, the Police Try came when Lorna Wright went over, with Teachers getting a Try from Lauren Rothwell.

The Men’s Division saw the Police go down 13 - 7 to the Mariners. The Mariners got a Try from Rory Dublin who also added a Conversion and two Penalties, while the Police got a Try from Henry Johnston and a Conversion from Dan Cole, the Renegades defeated the Teachers 10 - 0, the Renegades got Try’s from Tom Healy and Simon Pettler, the Renegades then defeated the Police 10 - 0, the Renegades got Try’s from Jahan Cedenio and Bennett Gibson.

The Teachers went down 10 - 0 to the Mariners, Chakote Wainwright scored a Try and the Mariners got a Conversion and a Penalty from Rory Dublin, the would then fall 42 - 0 to the Renegades. The Renegades got 2 Try’s from Jonathon Verling, while Charlie Craig, Cedric Ennius, Sam Watters, Jamie Baum and Richard Cumbers added a Try each, Verling also added 3 Conversions.

The Police and Teachers ended their match 19 - 19. The Police got Try’s from Dennis Warner, Phil Rednap and Adam Rouseides, to go along with 2 Conversions from Dan Cole, while the Teachers got 2 Try’s from Tashon DeSilva and a single Try from China Smith, Mikel Simons added the Conversion.


 
 
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Bermuda Rugby Season Set to Begin
Local men’s and women’s rugby teams will be vying for honors at 3rd annual Mad Hatters Tournament to be held at North Field on Saturday 30th September. The Mad Hatter tournament will mark the start of the new season and 2016 season champions Renegades will be looking to hold on to the Men’s and Women’s title for the second year in a row.

Police rugby club will be looking to give Men’s league champions Renegades some tough competition whilst Mariners and Teachers will be looking to end the silverware drought for their respective clubs and clinch the first silverware of the season.

Bermuda Rugby Football President, Sean Field-Lament said “The Mad Hatters tournament really is family friendly event and encompasses everything that rugby stands for. Whether you’re looking for something to do or want to find out more about the sport we encourage everyone to come down for the afternoon and watch the men and women’s games for free. Thanks to Mad Hatters for their ongoing support.”

In the women’s competition, Renegades will be looking to hold on to that trophy as well whilst the Mariner’s ladies will be looking to provide some competition after narrowly failing to win the trophy last year.
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