Bedwas scored 12 tries to thump Tata Steel RFC 78-5 in the first round of the WRU National Cup on Saturday, September 14.
Josh Dunleavy, Liam Jenkins, Rhys Morgans and Owain Keane all scored their first tries for the club.
Bedwas opened the scoring in Port Talbot when hooker Dunleavy touched down beneath the posts.
Dion McIntosh scored the conversion to give Bedwas a 7-0 lead.
The visitors doubled their lead soon after, with McIntosh converting a try scored by winger Jenkins.
After Bedwas forwards Alex Thau and Matthew Bovington collided with each other, play was stopped while medics assessed the players.
Bovington was forced off, with Jonathan Armitage coming on to replace him.
After the game restarted, Jordan Rees came close to scoring try number three, but ran into touch five metres short of the try line.
But Bedwas wasted no time in grabbing their third try, with scrum-half Matt Bancroft scoring moments later. McIntosh added the extras.
The hosts tried to fight their way back into contention and were handed an advantage when Bedwas prop Jamie Tucker was sent to the sin bin.
Winger Sam Pridgeon scored a try soon after – Tata’s only points of the game.
Lewis Humphreys missed the conversion and Bedwas went into the break 21-5 ahead.
Bedwas started the second half quickly and scored their fourth try of the game through Owen Jones, who was awarded Man of the Match in last week’s clash with Cross Keys.
A McIntosh conversion extended the lead to 28-5.
Tata back-rower Sam Treharne was sent to the bin for ten minutes, leading to Bancroft pouncing on the ball for Bedwas’ fifth try. However, McIntosh missed the conversion.
Tensions between the sides boiled over soon after, leaving the referee no choice but to show red cards to Bedwas’ Jordan Rees and Tata’s Paul Edwards.
Tata were later reduced to 13 men when Humphreys was sin binned for a deliberate offside.
Bedwas made the most of their advantage as captain Dale Rogers scored in the 57th minute. McIntosh converted and Bedwas took a formidable 35-point lead.
Back-rower Rhys Morgans then grabbed his first try for the club and McIntosh added the extras to extend the lead to 47-5.
Replacement scrum-half Owain Keane was next on the scoreboard, scoring his first try for Bedwas to take his side past the 50-point barrier.
A galloping run from Man of the Match Gareth Allen led to another Bedwas try, with replacement Bradley Williams scoring the conversion before scoring a try of his own, which he also converted.
This was followed by a second try from Jenkins on his debut, taking Bedwas to 71 points.
The scoring was completed by Keane, scoring his second try of the afternoon.
Williams’ conversion sealed an emphatic 78-5 cup victory.
Bedwas return to league action on Saturday, September 21, playing Beddau away at 2.30pm.
Report and imagery courtesy of Ian Lovell.