On Saturday August 16 Bedwas RFC travelled to Henley on Thames to take on Henley Hawks RFC and came away with a 40 points to 33 victory.
With the game consisting of three periods of twenty five minutes it gave both coaches a chance to try different combinations.
Luke Crane crossed for an early Bedwas try in the first period, Powell adding the conversion.
Henley hit back late in the period with two tries, one of which was converted to put the home side 12 points 7 ahead.
Bedwas levelled it up with a try midway through the second try which was converted by Jack Maynard to put Bedwas ahead. Rory Budina stretched Bedwas’s lead with an unconverted try before the home side levelled things again with a try and a conversion from their outside half.
In the third period Budina notched a second try converted by Maynard before Henley again added a converted try to level the scores. Aaron Pinches and Budina’s third try of the afternoon both converted by Powell put Bedwas well ahead before a try by the Henley right winger and a conversion gave the hosts the last say but Bedwas held on.
On the evening of Thursday August 21, Bedwas took on Cross Keys in a match on the 3G playing surface to officially open the new Caerphilly County Borough Centre for Excellence at Ystrad Mynach.
Both sides took time to find their rhythm and rain compounded to make handling tricky.
Midway through the half Paul Davies broke the deadlock with a try converted by Richard Powell.
Bradley Toms and then Phill Rees crossed for unconverted tries around the half hour to extend the Bedwas lead before Aaron Pinches ran through in injury time for a try Powell converted.
Both sides made a raft of changes for the second half and as the rain continued to fall ball handling was again difficult. Lewis Hudd had a try disallowed before Alwyn Lee added a late try, converted by Jack Maynard to cement a 31 points to nil victory.
Report by Ian Lovell of Bedwas RFC