Barbarians continue winning ways

Porthcawl RFC 2nd XV 21 Bedwas Barbarians 43

Friendly fixture, Saturday 4 March 2023.

Match report by Tyler Pesci-Griffiths, photography by Angela Brideaux


Barbarians continued winning ways in a game of two halves.

The Barbarians side made the trip down to Porthcawl RFC, for a friendly fixture against their 2ndXV.

The Bedwas side started slowly, and very early on got caught out by an interception from the home sides’ winger, who showed great pace to score from his own half.

Bedwas soon answered, with a set piece play, resulting in Saul Down crossing for his 8th try of the season which went unconverted.

However, the Barbarians still hadn’t found their rhythm, after a lot of scrappy play and some handling errors, the BaaBaas conceded their second of the day.

As the half progressed, the game began to heat up, an agitated Bedwas side started to find their feet, and started to find some flow to their attack. A flurry of penalties went their way, and soon they found themselves in the opposition 22.

A strong run by skipper Dewi Thomas, laid the foundations for a crash ball from Alex Kawulok, who beat 4 men to touchdown beneath the sticks. As the half ended, a Bedwas lineout on the opposition 5 metre line, found Owain Brideaux, who touched down with a lovely ‘show and go’.

Half-time: Porthcawl 14 – 17 Bedwas

After a poor first half performance, the Bedwas Barbarians side came out to finish the game strong. As Porthcawl began to tire, the Barbarians fitness prevailed, as tries from Jack Stingemore, Tyler Picton and two from Kyle Jackson, put the game to bed.

Porthcawl however, did not give in, and managed to get one back, but a solid second half surge from the Bedwas boys took the game safely into their hands.

The boys return to league action this Saturday, as they travel to NHSOB Expendables, where they look to extend their lead in the Dragons Athletic League. They currently sit at the top, unbeaten with 23 points, whilst Chepstow Druids are second with 12 points.

Video from the game can be seen here: Video