Beddau RFC 10 Bedwas RFC 40
WRU National Cup, Round 2, Wednesday 21st February 2018.
Match report and photography by Ian Lovell.
Bedwas progressed to the quarter finals of the WRU National Cup after seeing off a plucky Beddau side who will probably rue their first half indiscipline which lead to two yellow cards.
Bedwas took a while to find their rhythm but did so just after the quarter of an hour. Beddau were adjudged guilty of pulling down a driving maul and immediately the referee awarded a penalty try.
Bedwas lifted their game and attacked the home line which saw the home side adjudged guilty of killing the ball and a subsequent yellow card and then just as that player was about to re-enter the field after his enforced break a second Beddau player trudged off for back chat to the referee.
With their numerical superiority Bedwas’ Man of the Match Lewis Evans exploited a gap in the home defence and raced through unopposed from 40 metres but adding the conversion himself.
Once Beddau were restored to fifteen they defied Bedwas efforts to score and there were no more points added in the first half.
Luke Crane ran through for a try after 50 minutes to settle any nerves Bedwas may have harboured, Evans’ conversion putting his side 21 points ahead before Adam Williams held off a defender to cross in the corner, Evans’ conversion putting Bedwas 28 points to nil ahead.
Bedwas rang the changes between 60 and 70 minutes with all the eight players on the replacements bench entering the field.
Replacement scrum half Tom Rowlands added to the three tries he scored last time out as he exploited a hole in the home defence opened up by the attacking scrum Bedwas produced. Evans’ missed what was probably his easiest conversion of the night thus far.
A good raid from deep saw Mike Callow round off Bedwas’ try scoring for the night with around five minutes to play, Evans added conversion bring the score to 40 points without reply.
The home side refused to lay down and had the last word with two well worked tries from flanker Regan Wilson and winger Gareth Hopkins both converted by fly half Hywel Chatham bought them some reward for their efforts.
In the quarter finals Bedwas host Newport RFC on Saturday 03 March 2018, kick-off 2-30pm. In the meantime on Saturday 24th February Bridgend RFC are the visitors to the Bridgefield for a Principality Welsh Premiership game; kick off is at 11-00am due to the Six Nations match in Dublin which will be shown on the big screens in the club house.