If there was ever ‘a game of two halves’ this was it. Newport totally dominated the first half, such dominance should have put the game to bed by half time. The second half belonged to Brynley Toms and his resurgent Bedwas teammates who played some great rugby and came agonizingly close to snatch the spoils at the death as the two teams played to a 18 – 18 draw.
On an overcast, cool January afternoon Newport started at great pace and took the lead via a Haydn Simons penalty goal after 4 minutes.
Bedwas couldn’t establish any platform to respond and made many handling errors as they tried to get into Newport territory. With the scrummage also struggling against Newport’s powerful eight it looked as though the home faithful were in for a long afternoon.
Haydn Simons kicked a second penalty before a clash of heads saw Jonathan Armitage injured and replaced by Dale Rogers.
Newport further increased their advantage as a big gap appeared in the Bedwas backline and former Bedwas player Andy Evans was on hand to finish the move to cross under the posts. Haydn Simons added the conversion. Newport then found themselves a man short as flanker Andrew Mann was sinbinned for a high tackle.
At the other end Bedwas attempts to claw back some points were frustrated by three penalty goal attempts missed by young fly half Evan Lloyd.
Newport’s stranglehold in the scrummage earned them a second try just before the interval as the Bedwas forwards were over powered yet again and from a close range scrum Number 8 Matthew Reed was driven over for a try which went unconverted.
It went from bad to worse at the start of the second half as the referee finally lost patience with the number of scrum penalties Bedwas were conceding resulting in a sin-binning for Chris Budgen,
Bedwas replaced Gareth Allen and Evan Lloyd with James Richards and Jacob Chilcott respectively and then Sam Cochrane for Toms and almost immediately got their reward as recent signing Jonathan Owen Davies crashed over in the corner, Scrivens’ conversion drifting wide.
As Bedwas upped the ante Newport’s discipline imploded and replacement hooker Henry Palmer was sin binned. Bedwas tails were up and five minutes later Davies claimed his second try again unconverted.
It was all Bedwas at this stage and with Newport losing a second player to the sin-bin as captain Ryan James was given an enforced rest Bedwas sensed they might just get something from the game.
Joe Scrivens reduced the arrears from a penalty goal with two minutes remaining to set up a spine tingling finale. Bedwas’ numerical advantage finally paid off as Adam Williams crossed in the left hand corner to tie the scores. Scrivens unfortunately couldn’t convert but Bedwas had earned two vital league points which looked miles away at the interval.
Saturday, January 19, 2019
BRFU Ladies & Men's League Round Up
Bermuda Rugby Football Union league action returned to the National Sports Center.
In the Ladies Division the Renegades defeated the Teachers 27 – 10, the Renegades got 2 Try’s from Sarah Maybury, while Jackie Oliver, Ashley Godek and Maeve Dillon all added a Try each, Laura Mulligam would kick the lone Conversion, the Teachers scored got 2 Try’s from Cerise Woodley.
In the other Ladies Division match the Mariners defeated the Police 15 – 12. The Mariners would get Try’s from Apryl Jackson, Nya Heyliger and Anthi Xipolia, while the Police would get a try each from Jo Murray and Mika Tomita, while Fiona Donaldson kicked the lone Conversion.
In Men’s Division play, following a delay to sort through a suspension the Renegades would defeat the Teachers 35 – 19. The talking point before the match was the suspension of a Teachers player when had been suspended for a number of games and until January 20th, the Teachers argued the point that the player had missed the required amount of games, but officials stood firm with the ruling on the Suspension stating the date of January 20th.
Jamie Baum gave the Renegades the lead, but with Paul Kelly missing the Conversion the score remained 5 – 0, the Teacher s fought back and after some good pressure Janeko Francis used his speed to outrun some Renegades players to touch down for the Try, but with Connor McGowan missing his Conversion attempt the score remained 5 – 5.
Teachers continued to be competitive and a good counter attack freed Captain Aldo Campbell who burst through and scored, McGowan kicked the Conversion to give Teachers a well-deserved 12-5 lead.
Lewis Walsh would score a Try after some organized play by Renegades, Kelly slotted his pressure Conversation to level the score at 12 - 12 to take the teams into the half all even.
The second half saw the Renegades score off a lineout set as they drove forward in a tight maul and then capitalized on the space created out wide with center Alex Brown going over for a Converted Try to give them a 19 – 12 lead.
Similar forward driving patterns earned the Renegades their fourth bonus point Try with the Alex Brown going over for an Unconverted Try extending the lead to 24 - 12.
A quick restart from a penalty saw Jamie Baum dive over for the Renegades for another Unconverted Try as they would then hold a lead of 17 with the score 29 – 12, but the Teachers fought back with spectacular 80 meter counter which saw Francis score his second Try and close the gap 29 – 19 after Kelly connected on the Conversion.
Renegades remained composed and earned two kickable Penalties converted by Kelly to extend their lead 35-19 and win a well fought entertaining game.
Before their game the Police team and Mariners held a minute of silence for fallen Police Rugby player Paul Marsden who tragically passed away whilst playing on the National Sports Center field in 2006.
In the game the Police defeated the Mariners 38 – 12, the Police would get 2 Try’s from Stephan Smit, while Spencer Brown, Henry Johnson, Michael Halbert and Andrew Kemp would all add a Try each, with Jayde Albertze kicking four Conversions.
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Toms & Bedwas Fall to Llandovery
Four second half Llandovery Try’s saw off Brynley Toms and his Bedwas teammates who gave a valiant effort ‘til the end but went down 38 - 17.
Both sides took time to settle in the first half but the home side put the first points on the board via No.8 Emyr Price; Jack Maynard adding the extras. Bedwas responded almost immediately via the boot of debutant Evan Lloyd after the home side conceded a penalty.
Both sides continued to defend well and no further scores came for the remainder of the half 10 minutes of which Bedwas spent with fourteen men as Adam Williams was sinbinned for deliberate off-side.
Llandovery increased their lead two minutes after the break. Replacement prop forward Dino Dallavalle who had only been on the pitch for a minute barged over the line; Maynard again added the conversion. Once again Bedwas quickly responded as winger Jordan Rees crossed for try converted by Lloyd.
Maynard added a penalty goal before two tries in three minutes from inside center Rhodri Jones both converted by Maynard earned the home side a bonus point.
Bedwas continued to work hard in both attack and defense and after a period of pressure Jonathan Owen Davies crashed over the line next to the upright. Joe Scrivens quickly added the conversion to spur hopes that maybe a losing bonus point was a possibility.
It was not to be however, as replacement Scott Maynard went over for a late converted try quickly followed by the final whistle putting an end to proceedings.
Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Bermuda Rugby Coach Outlines National Plan
The Bermuda Rugby Football Union’s newly appointed National team coach Jamie Barnwell hosted a meeting inside the Bermuda Olympic Association event room.
Barnwell spent more than an hour outlining the National Team plan to some 47 elite players.
Monday, January 07, 2019
Toms & Bedwas Advance in WRU National Cup
Brynley Toms and his Bedwas Rugby teammates will be in the draw for the second round of the WRU National Cup after a hard earned victory against a dogged Rhydyfelin side who showed plenty of resilience.
The home side opened the scoring with a very early Penalty by David Gratton after Bedwas were Penalized at a ruck.
A period of stout defense followed as the home side tried to prevent Bedwas scoring, not without cost though as a player was sinbinned for a scrum offence. However being a man down didn’t prove a disadvantage as Bedwas couldn’t get through to score. Undeterred Bedwas continue to attack and after 23 minutes and a series of Bedwas attacks referee Stephen Allsop awarded a penalty try to Bedwas and sinbinned home prop Dale Green.
Again the floodgates didn’t open as the home defense stood up to the challenge and there were no further scores in the half.
If stern words were spoken in the break is not recorded but Bedwas increased their lead only three minutes into the half as Joseph Scrivens broke from deep and jinked his was past several defenders before diving under the sticks. He added the conversion to increase the lead.
Bedwas continued to attack and indiscipline struck the home side once again as scrum half Garyn Lucas was red carded for punching at a ruck. Bedwas replaced the starting prop forwards, full back and scrum half but it was the home side who scored next as winger Gavin Close crossed out wide for an unconverted try.
Just after the hour mark Scrivens missed a relatively straightforward penalty but made amends three minutes later as Bedwas sought to kill off the game.
Finally with twelve minutes to play Bedwas had some breathing space with Lewis Bowden’s pass finding Kane Teear-Bourge in space and the diminutive winger outpaced his marker to cross for a try converted by Scrivens to put the game beyond their plucky hosts.