2011/2012 Principality Premiership
Bedwas 17 v 26 Cardiff
24 September 2011 - Bridge Field, Bedwas

Match Report

Bedwas 17 Cardiff 26

Cardiff turned up at the Bridge Field to find a new stand, but a couple of familiar faces in the home team.

The Blue & Blacks started as they had done the week before at Tonmawr and were a try to the good within 4 minutes. A long kick downfield had resulted in a lineout that was moved along the backline. A floated pass put Tom Williams clear and he drew the fullback to give Harry Robinson the scoring pass.

Bedwas got themselves on the board shortly after. A burst by former Blue & Black Darren Ryan lead to a penalty that Richard Powell slotted. Two minutes later he added a second to put the home side ahead, but another former Cardiff man was to swing the way of the visitors as Ryan Howells was sent for a ten minute rest from the kick off following a high tackle leaving Bedwas short handed behind.

Cardiff made the most of it. First Robinson scored his second of the game following good build up play by the pack, Griffin converted. A minute later and the third try was in the bag as Cory Allen outstripped the defence. Griffin failed with his conversion but did add an extra three points from a penalty to extend the lead.

The home side were being kept by Cardiff indiscipline as Powell added two more penalties to bring the half time score to Bedwas 12 Cardiff 20

The second half was littered with errors. Both outside halves missed early penalty opportunities.  Substitutes came on to attempt to change things but nothing seemed to alter the change the flow of the game. It wasn’t until 10 minutes from the end that the game sprang to life. The home side got to within one score when Rhys Humphries squeezed over in the corner to bring Bedwas to within a score.

The Blue & Blacks were still searching for the bonus point try and it seemed it would come when a kick and chase was collected by Cory Allen. With only one defender to beat his pass was deliberately batted down under the shadow of the posts. This cost the home side a yellow card but for some bizarre reason not a penalty try or even any advantage that would have seen Cardiff score.

Griffin did add the points from the penalty to give the visitors breathing space and the defensive effort that had been so effective throughout the second half saw the Blue & Blacks home.

Official : James Jones (Wales)

Bedwas Cardiff