Bedwas RFC 34 Bargoed RFC 19
Principality Welsh Premiership
Bedwas beat their local rivals after they ran in five tries in an evening fixture on a cold evening.
Just four days after they ran riot against Cross Keys, Bedwas were back in action on April 25.
It was a windy, cold evening that greeted supporters for this floodlit match.
Bargoed had first use of a strong wind and enjoyed plenty of possession in the first period but could not turn it into points.
The home side found it hard to get out of their own half in the opening 30 minutes when the first score of the night was registered.
Bargoed were penalised at a scrum and from the penalty cleared into the visitors 22 where the Bedwas forwards executed a good truck and trailer move to earn a converted try for hooker Mike Dacey.
Bargoed struck back just before the interval as Ashley Norton drifted through a static defence for a unconverted try.
With the wind at their backs for the second half Bedwas started with more purpose.
Matthew John ran through to increase the lead on 54 minutes but Steffan Jones’ conversion was unsuccessful.
On the hour mark, Andrew Waite increased the Bedwas lead with a strong run which he touched down in the corner.
Bargoed hit back and centre Darren Humphries crossed for a converted try.
Steffan Jones notched a penalty goal after 70 minutes followed by another tranche of Bedwas replacements.
This time Bedwas’s rhythm was unaffected as Andrew Waite claimed his second and the home side’s bonus point fourth try – Jones’s conversion increasing the lead.
Bedwas were not finished as Matthew John burst through for a converted try with three minutes remaining as the team looked to finish on a high.
But there was still time for Bargoed with back-row Ben Fry profiting from a mistake in the Bedwas defence to cross for a converted try.
Bedwas are back in action on Tuesday May 1 for a rearranged fixture with Newport at the Bridgefield for the last home game of the season, kick-off 7-15pm.
- Match report and photography by Ian Lovell