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Sunday, December 16, 2018
Toms & Bedwas Fall to Pontypridd

In front of the television cameras and with Pontypridd captain Dafydd Lockyer making his 350th appearance for the club Brynley Toms and his Bedwas teammates suffered an eight Try’s to defeat 54-17.

However Bedwas restored some pride having played much better than the score line suggests and in terms of effort was a much better performance than the previous week at Swansea.

Incessant rain throughout the day made the Ponty artificial pitch a necessity and after a frenetic opening Bedwas had the first opportunity for points after Ponty were penalized at a scrum. Unfortunately Scrivens’ penalty kick drifted wide.

Ponty responded and came close to scoring but a Ponty player was held up over the try line resulting in a 5 meter scrum. There followed five reset scrums and on the sixth the referee calling in both teams’ front row players for a lecture. On the sixth reset scrum Bedwas tight head Chris Budgen was adjudged the guilty party and a penalty try awarded to Pontypridd and Budgen yellow carded.

Despite being a man short Bedwas responded well and a great break by Jonny Armitage earned a penalty as Ponty slowed down the ball. From the penalty line out the home side transgressed twice close to their line and this time home flanker Rhodri Jones was yellow carded, Scrivens successful with the ensuing penalty shot.

Bedwas continued to attack but despite a good break by Dale Rogers supported by Luke Crane Bedwas didn’t add to the point’s tally, similarly at the other end good scrambled defense by Bedwas repelled the threat of the home side.

With seconds left of Jones’ sinbinning Bedwas took the lead. A loose pass in midfield was pounced upon by Tom Hoppe and he sprinted clear to touch down close to the posts. Scrivens added the conversion to put Bedwas 10 - 7 ahead.

Scrivens had a penalty chance a minute later but his attempt went wide but with less than 30 seconds of the half left Ponty capitalized on a loose ball in midfield and Webber’s hack through saw the ball loose on the goal line before Cameron Lewis pounced for a try. Lewis Williams added the conversion and his side led 14 points to 10 at the interval.

With the wind at their backs for the second half Ponty wasted no time in extending their lead with two tries from replacement hooker Liam Belcher, the first from a catch and drive and the second from open play. Both were converted by Lewis Williams and suddenly Ponty were 28 points to 10 to the good and a bonus point banked.

Bedwas battled hard to get back into the game Scrivens making a good break but Ponty were again clinical as a sweeping move put lock Chris Dicomidis in for a try in the corner, Lewis Williams again converting.

Bedwas enjoyed a spell of possession but although they came close to scoring no points were scored. Lady luck smiled on Ponty as a from a Bedwas attack Scrivens’ attempt to stab kick the ball through for Teear-Bourge rebounded into the hands of Dale Stuckey who won the sprint down the wing from deep in his own half to score; Williams missed the conversion.

Ponty looked to add to their score and Stuckey came close to a second try but Bedwas were penalized at the break down and Jonny Armitage dispatched to the sin bin. The home side wasted little time in taking advantage of the additional man as Lewis Williams danced through the defense for a try he converted himself.

Alex Webber added a further try for Ponty with 11 minutes left again improved upon by Williams but Bedwas didn’t give in and following a penalty Tom Rowlands put Tom Hoppe in for a try with 8 minutes left. Scrivens added the conversion.

The Ponty defense kept Bedwas out for the rest of the game despite good effort from the Bedwas side.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Mariners Spirit Day Round Up
It was Mariners Spirit Day at the Warwick Academy School Field.

A total of 54 points were scored in the double header.

In the opener the Mariners Ladies defeated The Rest Ladies 15 – 5. Denicka Borden scored both Try’s for the Mariners Ladies, while Erica Mcarthy scored the lone Try for The Rest.

The Rest won the Men’s game 24 – 10 over the Mariners, The Rest would get Try’s from Tom Healy, Robin Brickell, Jamie Baum and Cameron De St Croix, while George Peets kicked 2 Conversions, the Mariners would get Try’s from Dustin Archibald and David Rorke.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
O’Shaughnessy Helps Guide Maastricht to Victory

O’Shaughnessy scoring his Try
Teachers player, Padraic O’Shaughnessy and his Maastricht Rugby teammates are making progress in the Dutch Rugby Second Division.

With the weather is getting a lot colder in the Netherlands the conditions have been challenging but O’Shaughnessy and his multi-national squad has improved as the season progressed.

In their last match they won the battle for second place in the Division with opponents Tooval, from Goes, with a surprising 64-0 win.

Nelson von Rosmalen was their star with the flanker scoring four Try’s, while O’Shaughnessy contributing with a Try himself.

The game against Tooval was featured in the local newspaper in the Netherlands, with O’Shaughnessy scoring a Try.

Maastricht are newly promoted this year and with some new blood and a stable squad they are playing a good brand of Rugby.

O’Shaughnessy is looking forward to getting back to the warmer climate of Bermuda to play in the Stephen Edwards Memorial game in Bermuda on December 23rd.
Monday, December 10, 2018
Toms & Bedwas Fall to Swansea
Brynley Toms and his Bedwas teammates hopes of climbing away from the relegation zone were blown away by a clinical Swansea at a windy St Helens Ground.

It didn’t start well for Bedwas as possession was surrendered from an opening phase box kick the ball going through several pairs of hands before an accurate kick through was pounced on by centre Joe Thomas to open the scoring. Steff Williams adding the extras.

With a strong wind at their backs Swansea continued to attack and scrum half Matthew Aubrey added another try in the corner to their tally, this time unconverted.

Bedwas tried to get back into the game but surrendered possession too easily when failing to keep control of the ball.

Swansea scored their third try off the back of a Bedwas error as a short pop pass was intercepted by right winger Ryan Griffiths who raced through for an unconverted try.

The loss of the home sides’ influential outside half Steff Williams through injury looked to be a positive for Bedwas but such hope was forlorn as no scoring opportunities were conjured up.

Swansea increased their lead just before the half time whistle as scum half Aubrey kicked a penalty to take the score to Swansea 20 Bedwas 0.

Bedwas made changes just before and at half time with James Richards replacing Sion Parry after 37 minutes and Dale Rogers taking over at hooker at the start of the second half.

For Bedwas to salvage anything from the game it was imperative they scored the first points of the second half. They duly obliged via the right boot of Joe Scrivens after Bedwas won a penalty.

Any hope of catching Swansea were made harder for Bedwas when replacement winger Jordan Rees was sin-binned for a late tackle.

Bedwas made further changes as both half backs were replaced followed by Toms and the hapless James Richards who limped off following the recurrence of a leg injury.

Bedwas reduced the arrears after 64 minutes from a close range line out the ball was smuggled over the try line under a pile of bodies, Dale Rogers being the last man off the floor to claim the try. Scrivens converted from out wide to lift Bedwas hopes of an improbable comeback.

Swansea had other ideas and were not about to relinquish what they had earned and extended their lead shortly afterwards with a try from replacement back rower Jon Vaughan. Once again the conversion was missed but it mattered little as the game was all but won for the home side.

Swansea wrapped things up late on with center Joe Thomas adding his second try of the game, again unconverted to put the icing on a dominant performance by his side.
Saturday, December 08, 2018
Bermuda Rugby Football Unions Women's Round Up

The Bermuda Rugby Football League resumed with Ladies action taking place.

Ladies Division

Renegades 29 Police 10

In the opener the Renegades Ladies ran up the score on the Police Ladies winning 29 – 10. The Renegades Ladies would get 2 Try’s from Ashley Godek, while Maeve Dillon, Melissa Franklin and Jessica Cassidy added a try each, Laura Mulligan and Amy Harvey kicked a Conversion each, while the Police got a Try from Mika Tomita and Kierra Smith.

Mariners 25 Teachers 15

The Mariners defeated the Teachers 25 – 15 in the other match. The Mariners would get Try’s from Deneka Borden, Nya Heyliger, Anthi Xipoila, Gina Newson and Amanda Swan, while the Teachers would get 2 Try’s from Lauren Rothwell and a single Try from Cerise Woodley.
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