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Friday, January 20, 2017
Toms' Bedwas Advance to Challenge Cup Semi-Final

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Brynley Toms was sidelined as his Bedwas teammates qualified for the Semi-Finals of the Fosters Challenge Cup after a hard fought 20 - 9 win over Newport at Rodney Parade.

Newport dominated possession and territory early on but could not find a way through a well organised Bedwas defence. As Bedwas came back into the game a series of close range scrum’s brought no reward. Lock forward Tom Bell looked to have broken the deadlock only to spill the ball as he crossed the whitewash.

Bedwas made it harder for themselves on 25 minutes as prop forward Matthew Pettit was despatched to the sin-bin for dangerous contact to the head, Matt O’Brien slotting the long range penalty to give his side the lead.

Bedwas struck back almost instantly. A break out of defence saw Adam Williams put Rory Budina in space and he sprinted down the right hand flank to touch down out wide. Richard Powell added the extras from the tight angle.

There were no further scores in the half as both sides made errors and scoring opportunities didn’t arise.

Newport appeared to up the ante in the second period but Bedwas defied all that could muster and there was no addition to the score until around the hour mark when O’Brien added a second penalty from long range to bring his side within a point.

Richard Powell slotted a penalty to ease Bedwas nerves but the result still hung in the balance as a third O’Brien penalty again reduced the deficit to a solitary point.

With four minutes of time remaining Bedwas finally found space as Adam Williams broke through a gap and ran in from 30 metres. Powell added the conversion and a very late penalty to put his side 11 points clear.
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