2017/2018 Principality Premiership
Bedwas 18 v 8 Cardiff
30 September 2017 - Bridge Field, Bedwas

Match Report

Bedwas 18 Cardiff 8

Cardiff came away from the Bridge Field with nothing after a hard-fought game against Bedwas.

Head Coach Steve Law had said ahead of the game that this would show how far the Blue & Blacks had come in nine weeks and although it was a second defeat Cardiff nullified the Bedwas ball and stopped the free flowing rugby that they have been playing this season. The visitors scored first, Gareth Thomson landing a penalty after a rolling maul had been pulled down.

Bedwas replied with a Steffan Jones penalty just before the break and that was the score at the end of a very stop start half that seemed to have more set pieces than action.

Both sides looked to do better in the second half and the standard did improve, but not by much. The officials seemed to be intent to be involved in quite a lot of the action and despite a growing penalty count against Cardiff Steffan Jones was unable to add to the Bedwas score.

The first try of the game was scored by the Blue & Blacks. A penalty was kicked to the corner and when the maul was stopped the ball was spun wide. Gareth Thompson combined with Dan Fish to create some space and when Owen Lane received the ball he put on the after burners to go through a gap and score. Bedwas regained the lead with a try that changed the game. A decision to award Cardiff a scrum was reversed when the Assistant referee intervened and when the penalty from the scrum was kicked to the corner everyone knew what was coming. The referee deemed the maul was pulled down illegally awarding a penalty try and reducing Cardiff to fourteen men as Reuben Tucker was yellow carded. That left the Cardiff supporters wondering why that didn’t happen in the first half but it allowed the home side to take the advantage.

Their second try came from replacement Alun Rees and when Jones kicked a late penalty the visitors were left to lick wounds and head for the next match at home to Pontypridd

Attendance: 500

Official : Aled Evans (Wales)

Bedwas Cardiff