Bridgefield men hoping to secure final berth by Will Rees.
Bedwas RFC travel to the Bridgend Ford Brewery Field to take on the Bridgend Ravens, knowing that victory will secure a spot in the Foster’s Challenge Cup Final – along with a chance to make amends for last year’s heartwrenching final result.
Bedwas drew Bridgend in the semi-final, meanwhile Merthyr take on Carmarthen Quins in the other side of the draw. This weekend’s semi-final was due to take place at a neutral venue: Cross Keys RFC. However as Pandy Park was not able to accommodate the fixture, the two-sides flipped a coin and the Ravens won the toss in order to claim home advantage. Coming off the back of two successive defeats at the Bridgefield, Steve Law’s team may relish the change of scenery as they make the 40 minutes trip down the M4.
Despite some poor recent form, ‘the Wass’ have secured two wins out of three in ‘Tier 1’ of the Premiership, crucially both of them away from home. To paraphrase the indefatigable WRU Head Coach, Rob Howley, ‘A good team doesn’t become a bad one overnight,’ and so the Ravens will be rightly wary of our 67% win record in all competitions this season.
Nevertheless, one of Bedwas’ few defeats came at the hands of the Ravens, on their home turf. Still, the Ravens find themselves mid-table in ‘Tier 2’ of the Premiership, with a meagre 3 competitive victories since mid-December, so the Bedwas faithful must be more than hopeful of a second final in as many seasons.
Exiting the WRU National Cup has proven a bitter disappointment to fans and so we can be confident of a strong reaction from the team and management in hopefully getting the job done on Saturday.
The following will take the field:
15. Aaron Bramwell, 14. Pat Lewis, 13. Ross Wardle, 12. Mike Callow, 11. Matthew John, 10. Richard Powell, 9. Nicky Griffiths ©; 1. Brynley Toms, 2. Alun Rees, 3. Chris Budgen, 4. Geraint Edmunds, 5. Tom Bell, 6. James Richards, 7. George Lee, 8. Robson Blake.
16. Dan Preece, 17. Rhys Hutcherson, 18. A.N Other, 19. Andrew Waite, 20. Nathan Hudd, 21. Luke Crane, 22. James Dixon, 23. Connor Edwards