Merthyr won a hard-fought struggle with Brynley Toms and his Bedwas teammates who had defeated them earlier in the season 23 - 12.
It was always going to be Merthyr who won this one however, but Bedwas did well to level the try-count at 2-2 and keep Merthyr away from a winning bonus point.
Merthyr had the edge up front and the Bedwas back division were forced to live off scraps though they did score the best try of the game.
The Merthyr backs had better ball to play but the Bedwas centers Adam Williams and Mike Callow tackled splendidly to keep their opponents at bay.
It was a homecoming for five of the Merthyr players, who had previously worn the Bedwas jerseys and both Richard Powell and Phil Rees had captained the club.
Merthyr came strongly from the first kick-off denying Bedwas any sort of possession before gaining the opening score after six minutes with a penalty try as they hammered at the home line.
Further pressure brought a Matthew Jarvis penalty and the full back's deadly boot brought a similar result five minutes before the interval at 13-0.
Three minutes into the second spell Bedwas lost wing Ross Wardle to a yellow card for an early tackle but despite that there came a magical Bedwas score.
Fly half Steffan Jones broke from his own half down the center and when seemingly going to pass outside, he switched inside to the supporting No 8 Andrew Waite who raced over with Jones converting.
A video will no doubt see the ground that Waite must have run to be up there and still have to energy to score.
Bedwas glimpsed a comeback but another Jarvis penalty stopped that and after 54 minutes center Kristian Phillips made a kick and chase try look simple and the reliable Jarvis converted.
At 23-7 down Bedwas still would not yield and to their great credit hard forward graft brought Waite another Try just too far out for Jones to convert.
Both sides went hard for further scores but the last 12 minutes brought stalemate as the defenses held firm and no further score resulted.
Dale McIntosh the Merthyr head coach commented: "This is always a tough ask to win at Bedwas. We know what a strong honest side they. To their credit they worked hard but we stayed in there and played some nice rugby even if we could not get four tries."
Bedwas head coach Ian Gardner said: "In our last three games we have made too many individual errors and not played well in key areas of the field. We are trying off-loads that are just not working and we need to win to give us momentum. But, I won’t blame the loss of three good forwards who carry the ball well and this side can never be faulted for the effort they give."
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Bermuda World Rugby Classic 2017 Finals
Argentina are the 2017 World Rugby Classic Champions
Argentina 15 New Zealand 5
Argentina stood tall and put in a display of toughness in earning the 2017 World Rugby Classic title at the National Sports Center.
New Zealand failed to capitalize with the strong wind at their back in the first half as they and Argentina went to the break scoreless.
Bernardo Stortoni scored a Try for Argentina in the 38th minute after reading a pass forcing an interception and scored, but the Conversion was missed leaving the score 5 - 0.
Argentina doubled the lead when Antonio Ahualli scored a Try and Federico Serra kicked the Conversion to extend the Argentina lead to 12 - 0.
With five minutes remaining Serra kicked a Penalty to increase the Argentina lead to 15 - 0.
Daniel Gazappo scored a Try for New Zealand in the final minute making it 15 - 5, leaving Argentina to lift the trophy for the first time in 3 Years.
Lions are the Classic Plate Champions
Classic Lions 33 South Africa 5
The Classic Lions took the lead 3 minutes into this Plate Final when Richard Carter went over for a Try, but the Conversion was missed.
In the 23rd minute Carter doubled the Lions lead from a good buildup and Ceri Sweeney kicked the Conversion to make it 12 - 0.
Five minutes later South Africa would get on the board with a Try from Hennie Daniller but the Conversion was missed leaving the score at 12 - 5.
Three minutes into the second half and Sweeney would go over for a Try, he would kick the Conversion to extend the Classic Lions lead to 19 - 5.
Gareth Bowen would get in on the scoring act for the Classic Lions in the 52nd minutes and Sweeney would add the Conversion to make it 26 - 5 to the Classic Lions.
Carter would get his third Try of the game going over in the 57th minutes and Sweeney would once again add the Conversion to make the score 33 - 5.
Thursday, November 09, 2017
Bermuda World Rugby Classic 2017 Day Four
Italy 12 New Zealand 24
New Zealand advanced to the 2017 Bermuda World Rugby Classic Final with a 24 – 12 win over Italy.
New Zealand went ahead 5 – 0 when Billy Fulton, Filimoni Botitu would double the New Zealand lead when he went over for a Try and when Willie Walker kicked the Conversion the score moved to 12 – 0 in favor of New Zealand.
Sherwin Stowers would get in on the act scoring a New Zealand Try in the second half making it 17 – 0 and when Walker kicked the Conversion it extended the score to 19 – 0, Italy would finally get on the board when Michael Denbee went over for a Try, which was followed by a Conversion off the foot of Ramiro Pez making it 19 – 7.
Walker would restore the New Zealand 19 point lead when he went over in the corner, but in a mad scramble near the end Italy would get a Try, but the Conversion was missed leaving the score at 24 – 12.
CLASSIC PLATE SEMI-FINAL
USA 21 South Africa 24 – IN SUDDEN DEATH OVERTIME
This match went into sudden death overtime with Monty Dumond kicking the all-important Penalty Kick to earn South Africa a spot in the Plate Final.
With USA leading 21 – 14 in the final minutes of match, a USA player thinking time was up kicked the ball into touch, but the referee allowed play to continue deep in the USA 22 and following a drive from South Africa the referee ruled a Penalty Try and Conversion leveling the score.
Both teams had chances to win the game, but it was Dumond who would step up and kick the Penalty from just outside the USA 22.
During the game the USA would get 2 Try’s from Todd Clever, and a single Try from Ed Pitts, with Reinhard Gerber kicking 3 Conversions.
Andrew Suniula, Maximo de Achaval and the Penalty Try would account for the South Africa’s points with Achaval kicking 2 Conversions.
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Bermuda World Rugby Classic 2017 Day Three
Argentina 25 France 6
Argentina took the lead in the 6th minute with a Alejandro Galli Try, but with the Conversion missed the score remained 5-0, Anthony Lagardere kicked a Penalty for France in the 17th minute to make the score 5-3.
Lagardere kicked another penalty in the 25th minute to put France ahead 6-5. Ferierico Serra kicked a Penalty for Argentina to give them back the lead in the 27th minute, Argentina lead 8-6.
Federico Castilla scored another Try for Argentina and the Conversion was good for Serra to make the score 15-6, Serra would kick another Penalty 19 minutes into the second half to make it 19-6 and when Gomez went over for a try and Serra kicked the Conversion to make the score 25-6
CLASSIC PLATE SEMI-FINAL
Classic Lions 31 Canada 5
Richard Carter gave the Lions the lead 5-0, Sean Lamont made it 10-0 in the 12th minutes and with Ceri Sweeney kicking the Conversion it made it 12-0.
Canada would get on the board when Derek Townsend scored making the score 12-5, the teams went to the break with no further points scored.
In the second half the Classic Lions would get a Try from Carter and Adam Black to go along with 2 Conversions from Sweeney to make the score 26-5 to the Classic Lions.
David Corkery would score a Try in the final minute for the Classic Lions to make the final score 31-5.
Monday, November 06, 2017
Bermuda World Rugby Classic 2017 Day Two
USA 13 New Zealand 31
It was Monday June 26th, 2017 Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand won the 35th America’s Cup defeating Oracle Team USA.
On Monday November 6th, 2017 after performing the HAKA, which New Zealand sports teams' perform before their International matches they would then run the USA team off the pitch much like they did to the USA in Sailing.
The USA Classic Eagles took the lead when Garret Peterson scored a Try and Maximo de Achaval added the Conversion, but the Classic All Black would get themselves back into the game when Tom Donnelly went over, but with the Conversion missed USA held a 7-5 lead.
Rhys Bennet would give New Zealand the lead with a Try and when Willie Walker kicked the Conversion the score would be 12-7. Achaval would kick a Penalty to pull USA within 2 making the score 12-10.
Brad Tauwhare would go over for a Try to extend the New Zealand lead to 17-10 and when Walker kicked the Conversion it increased the lead to 19-10. Achaval would kick a Penalty to get the USA within 6 points with the score 19-13.
Walker would they get a Try, which was followed by a Brendon Ward Try and Walker Conversion.
Italy 31 South Africa 17
Italy used a strong first half performance to defeat the defending World Rugby Classic Champions South Africa 31-17.
Italy jumped out to a 28 – 0 lead in the first half, before South Africa pulled a Try back, Italy would get Try’s from Andrea Barbieri, Ramiro Paz, Juan Sebastian Francesio and a Penalty Try went along with 4 Conversions from Rima Wakarua, while Tonderai Chavhanga scored the lone first half Try for South Africa.
In the second half South Africa would outscore Italy 12 – 3, but the hole was too deep to pull out of.