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Sunday, April 08, 2018
Toms & Bedwas Defeat Cardiff

A Mike Callow Try after 76 minutes clinched a hard earned win after a late rally by Cardiff looked like taking the spoils from an entertaining game as Brynley Toms and his Bedwas picked up the 31 – 27 win.

Overnight rain had again threatened to draw a line under this game but hardworking volunteers spent time preparing the pitch to allow the game to go ahead.

After an opening 15 minutes when Bedwas lost starting backs Mike Hathaway and Pat Lewis both with hamstring pulls Bedwas opened the scoring as Matthew John forced his way over in the corner. Steffan Jones expertly added the extras.

Cardiff hit back with a Gareth Thompson penalty but Bedwas replied almost instantly via an Andrew Waite try in the same corner as the first try, this time Jones’ conversion fading wide.

It was nip and tuck but Cardiff left winger Llwyarch ap Myrddin collected a pass following a 40 meter Dan Fish break and with Thompson’s conversion saw half time arrive with Bedwas two points to the good.

Matthew John notched his second and Bedwas’ third try of the afternoon after 57 minutes, Steffan Jones’ conversion putting Bedwas 9 points ahead.

Scrum half Geraint Watkin crossed for a try improved upon by Thompson to take Cardiff back to within two points before sheer bloody determination from Bedwas skipper Alun Rees bought up the Bedwas bonus point fourth try; Jones again successfully converting.

With ten minutes left Thompson notched a penalty goal before crossing for a try which he converted to put his side ahead (by a solitary point) for the first time in the contest.

Bedwas heads didn’t drop and Mike Callow broke through some poor tackles to crash over for a Bedwas try which went unconverted.

Cardiff responded taking the ball deep into the Bedwas defense as they desperately fought to get a late winning score. It was not to be as the Bedwas defense held strong through to the final whistle to claim their third victory over the man from the capital this season.
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