2012/2013 Principality Premiership
Bedwas 29 v 20 Cardiff
17 November 2012 - Bridge Field, Bedwas

Match Report

Bedwas 29 Cardiff 20

Bedwas jumped to the top of the Premiership as the Blue & Blacks were beaten at Bridge Field.

The game had started so well for the visitors. A try after just four minutes was reward for attacking endeavour. From the kick-off the ball was worked downfield through the forwards before being released wide. Will Thomas, making his first start at fly-half in the league, ghosted through a gap and linked with Cory Allen who put Joe Griffin over for the game’s first score. Griffin added the extras. A few minutes later and the lead was doubled. Again Thomas was instrumental in the attack, causing confusion in the home defence. Allen drifted wide on an arc before offloading to Reuben Tucker who had come back in on the angle to score under the posts, Griffin was again on target with the conversion.

Bedwas were shell-shocked by the start but got on the board with a penalty from Richard Powell. Soon after they had their first try. A series of scrums five metres from the Blue & Black line had been penalised for going to ground, on the third attempt the referee awarded a penalty try, Powell adding the two points.

The game then seemed likely to turn in the visitors favour. A high up and under was fielded by Griffin and as cleared his lines he was taken out by Powell. The penalty was awarded but as a scuffle broke out Powell put his head into one of the Cardiff players faces and was sent off. Thomas landed the resulting as Cardiff looked to take advantage of their superior numbers.

The second half though belonged to the home side. Despite being one man down they used their powerful pack to put pressure on the Blue & Black defence. That pressure created several turn-overs and penalties. Replacement Ethan Davies landed four kicks to keep Cardiff at arms length on the scoreboard. Thomas did get Cardiff close with a penalty of his own but the killer blow came two minutes before time. A series of pick and drives up the middle sucked in the defence leaving room wide out for Matthew Pewtner to score, Davies added the conversion to push Bedwas beyond bonus point range. Thomas did have a chance to give the Blue & Blacks something from the day but was wide with a last minute penalty.

Scoresheet and timeline

Official : Martyn Lewis (Wales)

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