Newport RFC 9 Bedwas RFC 20
Fosters Challenge Cup, Wednesday 19 January 2016.
Match report and photography by Ian Lovell.
Bedwas qualified for the semi-finals of the Fosters Challenge Cup after a hard fought game at a poorly attended 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.
The semi-finals of this competition will feature Bridgend, Carmarthen Quins, Merthyr and Bedwas, news on the draw venue and date will be published once known.
In the meantime Bedwas RFC are delighted to host the British and Irish Cup fixture between Newport Gwent Dragons Premier Select and Bedford Blues on Saturday 21 January 2017, kick off 2pm. Season ticket holders of Bedwas RFC are entitled to free admission for this game.