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Sunday, April 15, 2018
Toms & Bedwas Go Down to RGC 1404

Brynley Toms and his Bedwas went down 27 – 21 to RGC 1404 at the Parc Erias, Colwyn Bay Ground in Principality Premiership Rugby action.

Nathan Hudd gave Bedwas the lead in the 7th minute and Steffan Jones kicked the Conversion to make it 7 – 0, but in the 19th minute the scores were level when Afon Bagshaw scored a Try and Jacob Botica kicked the Conversion for RGC 1404.

In the 40th minute Bedwas was back in front when Alun Rees went over for the Try and Jones kicked the Conversion making it 14 – 7, but five minutes later the score was level again, Rhys Williams scored the Try and Botica kicked the Conversion.

In the 55th and 60th minutes Botica would kick Penalties to give RGC 1404 a 20 – 14 lead, which was extended to 25 – 14 in the 67th minute when Williams went over for a second time and when Botica kicked the Conversion it moved the score to 27 – 14.

Adam Williams would go over for Bedwas in the 71st minute and when Jones connected with the Conversion it made the score 27 – 21, but Bedwas could not find the Try and Conversion to draw level.
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Teachers Win Nicholl Shield Trophy

Teachers - Renegades
It's been a few years since Teachers have claimed the Nicholl Shield Trophy, but they would not be denied in the Final against the Renegades picking up a 28 – 13 win.

Cory Boyce gave the Teachers the lead when he sprinted through to score opening Try and with Padraic OShaughnessy kicking the Conversion the Teachers would lead 7 – 0.

The Renegades would get on the board when a good forward driving maul resulted in kickable Penalty in front of posts, which was taken by Paul Kelly making the score 7 – 3.

A fine individual run by Boyce saw him weave in from 60 yards extending the Teachers lead to 12 – 3 and O’Shaughnessy kicked the Conversion making it 14 - 3.

A nice interplay in the backs saw Mikael Dill break through and an unselfish off load to O’Shaughnessy who stretched out the teachers lead with a Try and a Conversion leaving the score at 21 – 3.

The Teachers dominated a wilting Renegades side off the ensuing kickoff with Tashon Desilva and Aldo Campbell bursting through to eventually connect with Dill for another Converted Try before the half time whistle with the score 28 - 3.

The second half saw the Renegades exert pressure and a well-earned Try in corner by speedster Alex Brown and with the Conversion missed it left the score 28 - 8.

The Renegades continued fight back and an attacking line out resulted in Delano Coetzer pouncing on an errant ball in corner to close the gap to 28 - 13 but it proved too little too late and Teachers completed the victory to raise the coveted Nicholl Shield.

Ladies Division

Renegades defeated the Police 15 – 10, the Renegades got Try’s from Rachael Jenkins, Amy Harvey-McGlynn and Laura Mullahy, while the Police got a Try each from Mika Tomika and Megan Jackson.

Teachers defeated the Mariners 12 – 5 in the other game, Lauren Rothwell would score both try’s for the Teachers, with Emily Sinclair kicking the Conversion, while the Mariners lone Try came from LysMarie Santana.
Sunday, April 08, 2018
Toms & Bedwas Defeat Cardiff

A Mike Callow Try after 76 minutes clinched a hard earned win after a late rally by Cardiff looked like taking the spoils from an entertaining game as Brynley Toms and his Bedwas picked up the 31 – 27 win.

Overnight rain had again threatened to draw a line under this game but hardworking volunteers spent time preparing the pitch to allow the game to go ahead.

After an opening 15 minutes when Bedwas lost starting backs Mike Hathaway and Pat Lewis both with hamstring pulls Bedwas opened the scoring as Matthew John forced his way over in the corner. Steffan Jones expertly added the extras.

Cardiff hit back with a Gareth Thompson penalty but Bedwas replied almost instantly via an Andrew Waite try in the same corner as the first try, this time Jones’ conversion fading wide.

It was nip and tuck but Cardiff left winger Llwyarch ap Myrddin collected a pass following a 40 meter Dan Fish break and with Thompson’s conversion saw half time arrive with Bedwas two points to the good.

Matthew John notched his second and Bedwas’ third try of the afternoon after 57 minutes, Steffan Jones’ conversion putting Bedwas 9 points ahead.

Scrum half Geraint Watkin crossed for a try improved upon by Thompson to take Cardiff back to within two points before sheer bloody determination from Bedwas skipper Alun Rees bought up the Bedwas bonus point fourth try; Jones again successfully converting.

With ten minutes left Thompson notched a penalty goal before crossing for a try which he converted to put his side ahead (by a solitary point) for the first time in the contest.

Bedwas heads didn’t drop and Mike Callow broke through some poor tackles to crash over for a Bedwas try which went unconverted.

Cardiff responded taking the ball deep into the Bedwas defense as they desperately fought to get a late winning score. It was not to be as the Bedwas defense held strong through to the final whistle to claim their third victory over the man from the capital this season.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Toms & Bedwas Go Down to Aberavon

Brynley Toms and his Bedwas went down 24 – 19 to Aberavon RFC at the Talbot Athletic Ground.

It was a cold, wet early day after Good Friday as Bedwas got off to a flying start. After gaining a penalty deep in the Aberavon half quick thinking by Mike Hathaway who took a quick penalty and fired out a low pass to Adam Williams on the left wing. Williams reacted quicker than the home defense to squeeze in at the corner. Joseph Scrivens accurately added the conversion and Bedwas were seven points to the good after only three minutes.

Aberavon answered with two tries in five minutes from scrum half Iwan Temblett and prop forward Alex Jefferies both converted by James Garland put Aberavon ahead.

Both sides tried to increase their leads but defenses held out and no further scores came until the 32nd minute as Bedwas crossed again in similar fashion to the first try, this time Dan Preece crossing in the opposite corner. Scrivens did well to again add the extras and the scores were tied.

A James Garland penalty goal four minutes later restored his sides’ lead but the game became a wrestle with neither side looking like adding to their score.

The game came to life four minutes after the interval. An Aberavon driving maul was deemed by the referee to be illegally stopped by Bedwas and a penalty try was awarded. Captain James Richards’ yellow card added to Bedwas woes as he was judged the guilty party.

However the remaining 14 Bedwas men dug in and aided by a couple of pairs of fresh legs repelled the home attack preventing any scores whilst Richards was taking his enforced rest.

Once parity was restored no time was wasted as Bedwas immediately reduced the deficit as Adam Williams grabbed his second of the game in the left hand corner. Scrivens this time missing his conversion attempt.

Bedwas made a host of changes but a resolute Aberavon defence was not looking like creaking. There was a chance of closing the gap but Scrivens’ penalty shot fell just short.
Friday, March 30, 2018
Bermuda's Rugby Americas North (RAN) Championship

The dates and details of the 2018 Rugby Americas North (RAN) Championship have been confirmed. This year’s edition is to include eight matches and will be played from April through July.

Divided into three divisions, the competition will cater to the differing levels of rugby in the region. The three divisions are to be the Championship, Cup and Trophy. In total there are to be nine competitors, eight of which are RAN members with the USA South Panthers being the ninth.

Championship Division

The Championship Division is to feature Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Trinidad & Tobago and the USA South Panthers. Missing are Guyana and Mexico, the reason being their inclusion in the new Americas Rugby Challenge.

Guyana and Mexico are to join Colombia and Paraguay in the Americas Rugby Challenge. The bottom placed side of the two RAN members will play against the 2018 RAN Championship division winners, excluding the USA South.

The RAN Championship winner will take-on the Americas Rugby Challenge team in a promotion – relegation qualifier. The winner of the play-off will earn the right to compete in the 2019 Americas Rugby Challenge while the loser will play in the 2019 RAN Championship Division.

Home advantage for the play-off is to be allocated to the RAN Championship winning team.


May 12th - Bermuda vs USA South Panthers
May 19th - Trinidad & Tobago vs Bermuda


June 09th - Cayman Islands vs Bermuda
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