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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.
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Toms & Bedwas Fall to Ebbw

Any hopes Brynley Toms and his Bedwas teammates had of building momentum following the stirring comeback against Merthyr just before Christmas evaporated as clinical, well organized Ebbw Vale clinched a deserved win 38 - 17.

Ebbw were quickest out of the blocks and dominated possession for the opening 10 minutes and were soon 6 points to the good courtesy of two Rhys Jones Penalty Kicks.

Against the run of play it was Bedwas who claimed the first Try which started deep in their own half and culminating in a race for a hacked on loose ball between Joe Scrivens and Toby Fricker, Scrivens succeeded to set up the supporting Tom Hoppe for a Try which went unconverted.

Ebbw’s response was almost immediate as Carl Meyer was given time and space to power through the home defense for a Try Converted by Rhys Jones.

Fly half Jones was in great form and he set up Number 8 Lewis Young to break through a disorganized Bedwas defense to put flanker Lloyd Evans in for a Try. Jones keeping up his 100% record by adding the Conversion and followed it with a Penalty to take his side 23 - 5 ahead at the interval.

Jones added another Penalty two minutes into the second half to open a twenty one point lead.

With fresh legs on Bedwas set about rescuing something from the game. Two Try’s in five minutes courtesy of a George Gasson Try following a rare loose pass in the Ebbw midfield and then replacement Dan Crimmins who barged through from close range. Scrivens converted Gasson’s try to reduce the Ebbw lead to nine points.

Once again Ebbw quickly reasserted their advantage as a fine passing move resulted in a second try of the afternoon for Carl Meyer though the conversion was delayed whilst the referee consulted his Television Match Official. The ensuing delay must have upset Jones’ rhythm as the conversion attempt went wide.

With the clock approaching the 80 minute mark Bedwas’ recent woes in the scrum resurfaced as props Chris Budgen and Ramaz Rukhadze were both sin binned and a Penalty Try awarded to complete the scoring.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Toms & Bedwas Fall to Merthyr

Two Try’s in each half may well have earned Merthyr a bonus point victory but it is Brynley Toms and his Bedwas teammates who can justifiably claim to have ‘won the battle but lost the war’ as two late Michael Dacey Try’s earned his side a losing bonus point and so nearly victory with Merthyr winning 26 – 20.

After heavy rain in the previous 24 hours the Bedwas pitch was once again in fine condition though heavy in patches.

Bedwas with new permit signings from Cardiff in Kieran Martin and Sam Pailor boosting their pack notched the first points of the afternoon early on via the boot of Joe Scrivens.

Merthyr responded with a period of intense pressure but stoic defense from the Bedwas side kept them out until the 10th minute when number 8 Hemi Barnes was driven over for a Try converted by Matthew Jarvis.

Whilst defending well Bedwas were not quite so fluent in attack and Merthyr were able to counter to keep them at bay and present a constant threat with ball in hand, although they too made mistakes, knock-ons and losing possession kept scoring opportunities down.

Winger Jay Baker crossed for his sides second try midway through the half this time Jarvis missed with his conversion.

Joe Scrivens kicked a second penalty after 26 minutes to take the score to Bedwas 6 Merthyr 12, but the scoreboard went unchanged for the remainder of the half as neither side was able to find a way through.

Bedwas replaced loose head prop Sam Cochrane with new signing from Cardiff Ramaz Rukhadze and hooker Michael Dacey with former Bedwas player on permit from Cardiff Ian Jenkins early in the second half to bring on fresh legs.

Whilst shoring up the scrum was vital it was Merthyr who profited with two tries in four minutes from Nathan Trevett and replacement prop Louis Jones both converted by Jarvis; Bedwas fans feared the flood gates may well open.

Rhys Hutcherson replaced Chris Budgen and with their line under siege Tom Rowlands was adjudged to have a ruck illegally and a yellow card was issued.

Playing with fourteen men seemed to energies Bedwas and there followed a spell of good pressure with no reward other than not allowing Merthyr to advance their score.

Whilst Rowlands was off the field Ian Jenkins was injured and Michael Dacey re-entered the fray, followed by three replacements to the backs; Ben White for Dion McIntosh, Callum Williams (on debut from Senghenydd) for Adam Williams and Rory Harries for Tom Rowlands.

The fresh legs had the impact the Bedwas coaches would have hoped for and began to attack the Merthyr defense which was also shorn of a man after second row Paddy McBride who was sinbinned for stamping.

Bedwas left their revival late; from a catch and drive after 76 minutes Mike Dacey was the last to emerge from a pile of bodies to claim a try, Scrivens adding the extras. It was the same combination with in stoppage time reducing arrears to just six points and with three minutes to play it was all Bedwas who through everything at a shocked Merthyr side who clung on by their fingertips to claim the victory.
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