Tryline & Touchline:
Tryline action and post match interview from the Beddau match...
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By: Paul Hopkins
The All Whites’ title hopes were dealt a severe blow thanks to a gutsy second half comeback by mid-table side Beddau.
With Merthyr enjoying a resounding victory over relegated Llanharan, it means the All Whites must now rely on Lee Jarvis’ men dropping points in their remaining four matches.
It was almost a perfect start for the visitors when they injected some pace into midfield and got the ball out wide to winger Richard Thomas, but he lost possession close to the line.
Number eight Rory Gallagher was surprisingly sent for an early ten minute rest for killing a dangerous Beddau attack.
Beddau looked to have taken the lead when winger Cobi Flowers made a break, linking up with fellow winger Tom Sheppard, who chipped through for centre Jordan Odgers to seemingly touch down. However referee Richard Brace judged that the All Whites’ defender had managed to get the last touch, forcing a scrum five.
From the scrum, the home side made the extra man count as they controlled the set piece, allowing number eight Matthew Dixon to dive over for a try. Fly half Hywel Chatham converted.
Swansea fly half Phil Jones was handed an opportunity to get his side’s first points after Beddau were penalised for offside at the breakdown, but he dragged his effort at goal wide of the post.
The All Whites got themselves level when their backs launched a counterattack from a Beddau mistake. Scrum half Rhodri Wells picked up the ball from a ruck and raced over for a try. Jones converted.
Flowers collected a high kick and raced downfield, beating full back Josh Flye for pace, but winger Andrew Claypole managed to sprint back to make an excellent tap tackle that saved a certain try.
Beddau prop Adam Court was shown a yellow card for persistent offside and Jones kicked possession to the corner from the penalty. The pack mauled their way up to the line, but were held up just short.
The Swansea forwards kept up the pressure and forced the Beddau pack to collapse a maul destined for the line, giving Brace no option but to award a penalty try. Jones converted.
The home side were awarded a penalty after the Whites were caught offside at a kick. Chatham missed his effort at goal though.
Half-time:- Beddau 7 Swansea 14
Swansea began the second half on fire with centre David Watts bursting through the middle, finding fellow centre Jedd Evans in support. However, he was isolated on the twenty-two and lost the ball forward.
A minute later the Whites scored their third try when hooker Paul John threw a clever short lineout to lock Rhodri Hughes, before Wells passed back to John, who crashed over in the corner. Jones missed the conversion.
Beddau refused to give up though and some enterprising rugby by their backs almost resulted in a try for Flowers in the corner, but he was tackled into touch a couple of metres short of the line.
The home side battered the Swansea line and the defence finally creaked to allow Flowers in for a try. Chatham missed the conversion.
With ten minutes remaining on the clock a dominant Beddau scrum forced a turnover and saw Chatham weave past a couple of defenders to score a try. Chatham tied the scores with a successful conversion.
The tense finish unfortunately boiled over near the end with Beddau flanker Kristian Parker and Swansea replacement hooker Ricky Guest both yellow carded for fighting.
Swansea elected to go for territory from a penalty, spurning an opportunity to kick at goal. The decision almost paid off as Flye took the ball at pace in midfield, but support was slow to arrive and he was penalised for holding onto the ball after the tackle.
In the dying seconds the All Whites were awarded a penalty after the home defence entered a ruck offside. Replacement fly half Liam Popham’s effort at goal drifted agonisingly wide of the post as the referee blew for full time.
Next up for Beddau is a trip to Newbridge, who face a battle against relegation, while Swansea host promotion chasers RGC 1404.
Full time:- Beddau 19 Swansea 19
Tries:- Matthew Dixon (12), Cobi Flowers (63), Hywel Chatham (70)
Cons:- Hywel Chatham (13, 71)
Y cards:- Adam Court (40), Kristian Parker (80)
Tries:- Rhodri Wells (25), Penalty try (40+3), Paul John (45)
Cons:- Phil Jones (26, 40+4)
Y cards:- Rory Gallagher (8), Ricky Guest (80)
Venue:- Mount Pleasant Park, Beddau
Referee:- Richard Brace
Weather:- Sunny, 14C
Man of the match:- Cobi Flowers
15 Cody Baker (rep: Sam Edwards 35)
14 Tom Sheppard
13 Jordan Odgers
12 Lewis Egal
11 Cobi Flowers
10 Hywel Chatham
9 Dafydd Morris (rep: Carl Lewis 58)
1 Owen Cotton (rep: Ben Stevens 47)
2 Jamie Deabreu (rep: Tom Geere 53)
3 Adam Court
4 Lloyd Evans
5 James Cashin
6 Christian Francis
7 Kristian Parker
8 Matthew Dixon (rep: Leon Rogers 69)
16 Carl Lewis
17 Sam Edwards
18 Tom Geere
19 Ben Stevens
20 Leon Rogers
15 Josh Flye
14 Andrew Claypole
13 Jedd Evans
12 David Watts
11 Richard Thomas
10 Phil Jones (rep: Liam Popham 66)
9 Rhodri Wells
1 Neil White (rep: Richard Murphy 66)
2 Paul John (rep: Ricky Guest 73)
3 Ryan Thomas
4 Gavin Ronan
5 Rhodri Hughes
6 Jon Fox
7 Mike Sully (rep: Jack Perkins 53)
8 Rory Gallagher
16 Ricky Guest
17 Richard Murphy
18 Jack Perkins
19 Matthew Aubrey
20 Liam Popham