Brynley Toms and his Bedwas teammates survived a late Swansea onslaught to hold onto for an important 20 – 15 win but they so nearly lost this after a stop-start performance in contrast to their recent form.
Bedwas might have scored from their opening attack only for the ball to be mishandled to allow the home defense to clear but they made no such mistake on four minutes. Adam Williams raced through from deep and dived in at the left hand corner, Steffan Jones’ conversion kick drifted wide.
Bedwas increased their lead on 15 minutes after the home sides under pressure scrum was penalized giving Jones a relatively straightforward kick at goal he gratefully accepted.
Swansea came back strongly and dominated possession but were unable to break through the Bedwas defense. They eventually gained their reward after the Bedwas defense was adjudged offside and outside half Gareth Walters successfully notched the ensuing penalty goal.
It was all Swansea at this stage and they looked odds on to increase their lead but winger Dan Howells dropped the ball with the try line in sight. However this sustained attacking saw Bedwas infringe once too many and James Richards trudged off for a ten minute break as the referee produced his yellow card for pulling down a maul.
The home side used their numerical advantage to good effect and from a Bedwas fed scrum drove the Bedwas pack backwards for number 8 Jon Fox to collect a loose ball and crash over for a try. Walters’ conversion attempt went wide to leave the sides locked on 8 points each at the interval.
Bedwas reopened their account 6 minutes into the second half. Andrew Waite and substitute Toms carried the ball deep into the home half. With all the forwards committed to defend this break the ball was quickly moved to the opposite side of the field where Pat Lewis found space to cross. Again the conversion kick from wide out went wide.
Howells made up for his earlier error as he gathered a wide pass to cross in the corner and with Walters successfully adding the conversion the home side were ahead for the first time in the contest.
Bedwas knew they were in a game but heads didn’t drop. Lewis Evans’ pass found left winger Matthew John, who sidestepped his marker before powering down the wing from 50 meters out handing off would be tacklers to make the line with a great piece of individual skill. Steffan Jones finally found his range to add the icing on the cake but the game was still finely balanced.
Bedwas might have improved their position but handling errors prevented any additions to the score. Swansea sensed they could get something from the game and the last five minutes saw Bedwas having to dig deep to keep out the home side as they pressed hard for a match winning score. To their credit the Bedwas team kept all attacks at bay to hold on for the win.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
2018 Ariel Re Bermuda International 7’s Tournament
Twenty squads from Bermuda and the US competed in the 2018 Ariel Re Bermuda International 7’s Tournament at the National Sports Center.
Men's Pool Play
In Pool A with Kutztown University (2-1) touted as the team to beat, it was Ohio State (4-0), with an huge entourage of friends and family cheering them on, who seemingly breezed through pool play highlighted by a stunning 19-7 victory over the Golden Bears of KU.
The Bermuda All-Stars, were shocked by Notre Dame (4-0) as the Irish played precision sevens in their four wins. A late try by the Longtails kept the score close. Notre Dame 24 - Bermuda 12. Bermuda (2-1) play well all night with wins over Rowan 26-7 and Stony Brook 29-10.
Stony Brook, St. Joes and Rowan all finished with one win and two losses with one pool match to play beginning at noon tomorrow. Ithaca College and Colgate tied 17-17.
In the first year the Ariel Re Bermuda Intl 7s women's tournament it was American International College who dominated on Day 1. The Bermuda Women's Collegiate All-stars surprised all with two wins on Day 1. The results prove Bermuda rugby is on the rise. Colgate's first side also finished 2-1 on the day.
High School Boys' Pool
It was the Warwick Academy and Berkeley Institute (3-0) sides who finished on top winning all three of their matches including an impressive upset over St. Thomas High School from Houston, TX (1-2) by a score of 17-12. Beyond Rugby Bermuda's first side finished 2-1 on the night. Bermuda's Saltus Grammar School (2-2) also came away with two wins on the night.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Bermuda Ariel Re Rugby Sevens Announced
The Bermuda Ariel Re Rugby Sevens will get underway this weekend.
The event is sponsored by the Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA) as part of its strategy to grow volume to the island during the shoulder season of Tourism.
In a prepared statement to certain media states, “The Bermuda Tourism Authority is very encouraged by the growth in sports tourism, particularly at this time of year,” said Kevin Dallas, chief executive. “The plan is for further growth in this area as we implement organizational changes that will drive sports tourism even further, which helps keep hotel, transport and other tourism workers on the job year-round.”
Tom Healy said, “Ariel Re Bermuda Rugby Sevens has about 350 college and high school athletes and their families on the island.”
“The tournament has grown impressively since its inception in 2016 and helps to power Bermuda’s Local Rugby players are heavily involved on the field of play,” Healy continued.
The Ariel Re Bermuda Rugby Sevens will run March 16th to 18th.
Monday, March 12, 2018
Toms & Bedwas Defeat Llandovery
Two second half Try’s secured a hard earned victory 13 – 6 over Llandovery for Brynley Toms and his Bedwas teammates on a dry March evening, the Bedwas pitch held up well considering the wet weather leading up to this game.
Both side’s defenses were on top for the first half with neither side finding the accuracy to break through.
Bedwas probably should have had the first points on the board, after a series of scrum’s close the Llandovery line they surprisingly opted to kick for goal despite being dominant in the preceding scrums. Unfortunately this did not bring about the desired result as Steffan Jones’ penalty goal attempt drifted wide.
It was Llandovery who eventually broke the deadlock on 32 minutes with a well struck long range penalty by Kristian Jones but then found themselves down to 14 men with back rower Stuart Worrall sin-binned for a ruck offence. The lead was short-lived as the home sides’ Steffan Jones returned the favor five minutes later and the sides went into the break locked at three points each.
With the breeze at their backs for the second half Bedwas looked sharper in attack but Llandovery added the first points after 49 minutes via a Kristian Jones penalty in front of the posts after Bedwas were adjudged offside.
However Bedwas regained the lead a minute later as Geraint Edmunds charged down a clearance kick and reacted the quickest in the race for the loose ball to cross for an unconverted try.
The Bedwas defense held together as Llandovery tried to get back into the game but despite prolonged possession they could not add to their tally.
Bedwas flanker David McGuigan was injured during a tackle and the game was delayed for 10 minutes whilst McGuigan was assessed before walking off the field aided by the medical staff of both sides.
The break seemed to suit Bedwas better and after they came close a quick pass from Steffan Jones to Mike Callow and onto Matthew John saw the wide man fend off a couple of tacklers to cross in the corner. Again the conversion went awry.
The game became a little fractious thereafter as tempers frayed and a couple of minor flare ups emerged but the referee kept his cards in his pocket.
Deep into stoppage Rhys Hutcherson was sin-binned for Bedwas but his remaining team mates dug deep to hold onto claim the victory.
Bedwas flanker James Richards was awarded the man of the match sponsored by Casa Mia Restaurant of Caerphilly.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Bermuda Rugby League Round Up
The Bermuda Rugby Union’s Season resumed at the National Sports Center.
The Teachers defeated the Police 57 – 5, the Teachers got a total of 9 Try’s and 6 Conversion. Lauren Rothwell scored 5 Try’s, while Najee Pitt-Clarke added 2 Try’s, with Gillian Cross and Cerise Woodley both adding a Try each, Mika Tomita scored the lone Try for the Police.
Renegades defeated the Mariners 22 – 10 in the other game, Rachel Jenkins would score 2 Try’s for the Renegades, with Melissa Field and Laura Mulligan adding a Try each, while the Mariners got Try’s from by Deneka Borden and Apryl Jackson.
The Renegades defeated the Mariners 74 – 17, the Renegade got 3 Try’s from Alex Brown, while Peter Dunkerley, Tom Healy and Cedric Ennis all scored 2 Try’s each, Delano Coetzer, Niall Bulger and Jahan Cedenio all added a Try each, with Paul Kelly kicking 7 Conversions. The Mariners got single Try’s from Ed Barnes, Geoff Meyers and Nathaniel Simmons, with Mikle Dill kicking 1 Conversion.
The Teachers defeated the Police 41 – 29 in the other game.