Bedwas 28 Swansea 25

By: Paul Hopkins

 

The Whites were unable to capitalise on a dominant forwards display as they fell to a 25-28 defeat to Bedwas at Bridge Field.

 

The win keeps Bedwas’ hopes of Premiership survival alive and they must hope that Bridgend fail to defeat Pontypridd to secure a playoff against Championship winners Pontypool.

 

Swansea took an early lead when fly half Joe Scrivens’ high kick sailed out on the full and flanker Callum Bowden made a break, feeding winger Tom Williams for a try in the corner. Fly half Steffen Williams missed the conversion.

 

A powerful drive upfield by the visitors’ pack forced their Bedwas counterparts to enter from the side, but Swansea made a mess of a quick tap and surrendered possession.

 

Centre Tom Hoppe found a gap in the Swansea midfield and raced through, but his pass out wide to winger Deon Smith drifted into touch, ending the promising move.

 

But the home side remained patient and were rewarded moments later when centre Adam Williams and Hoppe combined to send full back Tom Benjamin sprinting clear for a try. Scrivens converted.

 

The visitors looked to hit back immediately when Steffen Williams chip to the corner from a penalty. Swansea tried to use their three quarters but scrum half Chris Morgans spilled possession, with Hoppe hacking the ball forward, although centre R Rhys Williams tracked back to defend.

 

Swansea were penalised for offside at the ruck and Scrivens chipped to the corner. From the lineout the visitors illegally took down a rolling maul that seemed destined for the line so referee Elgan Williams had no option but to award a penalty try.

 

The All Whites were soon back on the attack with centre Callum Carson making a weaving run into the twenty-two. The home defence failed to roll away after the tackle so Steffen Williams kicked a three pointer.

 

The elusive Carson raced through a gap in the Bedwas defence, but number eight Jon Fox dropped a pass, which almost saw Hoppe counterattack the middle, but the move broke down.

 

Bedwas’ third try came in spectacular fashion as Scrivens danced his way past a couple of tackles, taking out the Whites’ defence, before handing a scoring pass to scrum half Luke Crane. Scrivens converted.

 

Swansea were back within eight points when Morgans caught the Bedwas defence napping by taking a quick tap penalty, before firing out a pass to winger Ryan Griffiths, who touched down in the corner. Steffen Williams missed the conversion.

 

Half-time:-   Bedwas   21   Swansea   13

 

The visitors looked to attack immediately from the restart and Morgans made a break, finding Carson, but the centre ran into trouble and lost possession forward.

 

Ill-discipline in the home ranks saw a penalty reversed and Steffen Williams kicked deep into the twenty-two. Morgans tried to release the ball to his backs, but good work by the home forwards secured a turnover at the maul.

 

The visitors’ total dominance up front paid off when the pack drove forward at a scrum five to claim a penalty try to narrow the deficit to a single point.

 

A calamitous error by Smith gifted Swansea the lead when the winger tried to shepherd the ball dead but was caught out by Griffiths, who dived over to score. Steffen Williams missed the conversion.

 

The home side enjoyed a rare second half attack and retook the lead through Williams who took a crash ball to score under the posts. Scrivens converted.

 

Swansea were awarded a penalty in the dying seconds from a Bedwas scrummaging infringement and replacement fly half Foard Cooksley kicked to the corner. However, an outstanding Bedwas defence somehow repelled the attack and the home side were able to celebrate a huge victory.

 

Full-time:-   Bedwas   28   Swansea   25

 

Bedwas:

 

Tries:-   Tom Benjamin (14), Penalty Try (22), Luke Crane (34), Adam Williams (74)

Cons:-   Joe Scrivens (15, 35, 75)

 

Swansea:

 

Tries:-   Tom Williams (3), Ryan Griffiths (39, 70), Penalty Try (62)

Pens:-   Steffen Williams (28)

 

Match facts:

 

Venue:-   Bridge Field, Bedwas

Referee:-   Elgan Williams

Weather:-   Sunny, 12C

Man of the match:-   Luke Crane

Attendance:-   400

 

Bedwas team:

 

15 Tom Benjamin

14 Deon Smith

13 Tom Hoppe

12 Adam Williams

11 Jordan Rees

10 Joe Scrivens

9 Luke Crane

1 Brynley Toms

2 Alun Rees © (rep: Sam Cochrane 64)

3 Rhys Hutcherson

4 Craig Hudd

5 Gareth Allen (rep: Sion Parry 75)

6 Nathan Hudd (rep: James Richards 41)

7 Jonathan Armitage

8 Dale Rogers

 

Replacements:

 

16 Sam Cochrane

17 Mike Dacey

18 Rhys James

19 James Richards

20 Sion Parry

21 Rory Harries

22 Jacob Chilcott

23 Dion McIntosh

 

Swansea team:

 

15 Jon Bayliss (rep: Nathan Trowbridge 58)

14 Ryan Griffiths

13 R Rhys Williams

12 Callum Carson

11 Tom Williams

10 Steffen Williams (rep: Foard Cooksley 71)

9 Chris Morgans (rep: Tom Ham 71)

1 Tom Sloane (rep: Jack Powell 76)

2 Paul John (rep: Shawn Howard 71)

3 Greg Cunniffe (rep: Alex Jeffries 60)

4 James Ratti

5 Matt Dodd (rep: Sam Kiley 7)

6 Charlie Davies

7 Callum Bowden (rep: Ben Davies 71)

8 Jon Fox ©

 

Replacements:

 

16 Shawn Howard

17 Jack Powell

18 Alex Jeffries

19 Sam Kiley

20 Ben Davies

21 Tom Ham

22 Foard Cooksley

23 Nathan Trowbridge

 

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 30 23 0 7 885 593 117
Cardiff 30 22 1 7 991 660 111
Pontypridd 30 22 0 8 1015 580 110
Llandovery 30 21 1 8 856 551 104
Ebbw Vale 30 20 1 9 762 594 95
Aberavon 30 18 2 10 698 603 90
Newport 30 17 2 11 759 700 88
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 30 14 1 15 852 650 85
Swansea 30 16 0 14 674 594 81
Carmarthen Quins 30 13 1 16 637 584 71
Bridgend Ravens 30 12 0 18 689 714 66
Llanelli 30 12 1 17 679 723 63
Bedwas 30 12 1 17 681 830 62
Cross Keys 30 5 1 24 586 1093 36
Bargoed 30 6 0 24 576 1003 35
Neath 30 1 0 29 406 1274 3