Trebanos 7 Bedlinog 11

Saturday 11th November 2017

WRU National Championship

'Banos Outfoxed

Trebanos welcomed Bedlinog for the first return fixture of the season, after sampling their hospitality in our Championship opener back at the start of September.  Even though we managed a bonus point win back then, the "faithful" were expecting a reaction from a very useful team.

For the second week in a row a minute's silence was observed at the Park, this time in salute to all those who had made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country.

Trebanos 7 Bedlinog 11Referee Mr Jones signalled the start of the match and Trebanos immediately went into attack mode as is their way and moved the ball along the line to the left and the "Foxes" managed to scramble the ball into touch. Trebanos won the lineout and moved the ball again only to be awarded a penalty at the tackle area; encouraged by their first line out win, they elected to go for the line out instead of kicking for goal, unfortunately, the lineout in a good position went astray and the chance was lost as "Foxes" Liam Jones found a good touch, near the halfway line.  This lineout also misfired and the ball was regained by the visitors to make progress through their workmanlike pack.  The game was now being played at the pace of the "Foxes" and not of Trebanos' choice, who, whenever they found themselves in possession, tried to use the ball through their backs, and although 'Banos were able to move the ball and get around the first line of the visitors defence, they were unable to convert the chances to scoring opportunities.  The visitors were able to frustrate the home side's attempt to secure quick ball by seemingly gTrebanos 7 Bedlinog 11oing through the rucks at the sides and not through the "gate", and were apparently unseen by Mr Jones.  The scrum was rock solid on the visitors put in, but appeared to be on a roundabout when it was 'Banos ball, delivering slow ball for Morgan Evans to use.  The first half was 45 minutes in when Liam Jones had the chance to make up for an earlier chance with a kick of about 35mtr and 15mtr from touch, the visiting touch judge put his flag up, but referee Mr Jones ruled that the kick had missed its mark and blew for half-time with no score.


Half Time: Trebanos 0 Bedlinog 0

The second half started as the first had finished with the visitors dictating the pace of the game and the home side looking distinctly out of sorts and after 12 minutes the "Foxes" were rewarded when full back Dan Parry put over a simple penalty for a deserved lead 0-3.

Morgan Evans being replaced by Tom Lucas at scrum half, this score seemed to galvanise the home team who found an extra yard of pace and a little accuracy in their attacks and were now the ones dictating the pace of the game with the visitors defending desperately, to keep them out.  Trebanos 7 Bedlinog 11Centres Tom Dew and skipper Steff Lewis in the vanguard of the attacks along with Ben Williams and Iwan Davies, but it was impressive loose head prop Luke Turton, who was the catalyst that sparked the home side's reply.  Luke received the ball and burst straight through the visitors line, being tackled metres short of the try line, the ball was carried by Ben Williams and when he was tackled, it was moved left at pace for that man Sam Davies to straighten the attack and dive over near the posts, for his fourth try in as many games, with Matthew Edwards adding the points to take the lead 7-3 on 19 minutes of the second half.

Lewis Humphries and Matthew Edwards gave way to Kieron Weightman and Dave Skone and shortly after flanker Declan Bale was forced off with a shoulder injury, being replaced by promising youngster David Davies.  Trebanos continued to press Trebanos 7 Bedlinog 11their visitors, but unfortunately the pressure was not maintained which allowed the "Foxes", well marshalled by captain Nathan Huish and ably supported by Aaron Harris and loose head Liam Jenkins, to again escape without conceding any points. The next score by the visitors was of the type we are well used to seeing at the "Park", with the ball being moved swiftly along the line and the outside centre putting in a deft little grubber kick, for right winger Rhys Walker to collect and dive over in one movement for a good try, the conversion attempt failing with the score at 7-8 on 27minutes of the second half.

Hard working Alun Dew was replaced by Neil Elworthy and again the game was played at a tempo that seemed to suit the visitors more than Trebanos, The final blow to 'Banos hopes of sneaking a win came when they were penalised for not rolling away at the tackle and Dan Parry slotted the easiest of kicks to increase his side's lead to 7-11 with two minutes of the second forty to play.  Mr Jones blew with 6 minutes of stoppage time played to give Bedlinog the victory that they deserved, as they were the hungrier of the two teams, and were good value for their victory.

Full Time: Trebanos 7 Bedlinog 11

  Trebanos RFC
Luke Griffiths
Matthew Edwards
Tom Dew
Steffan Lewis (Capt.)
Sam Davies
Lewis Humphries
Morgan Evans
Luke Turton
Jack Perkins
Alun Dew
Rhys Morgan
Ed Couzens
Declan Bale
Iwan Davies
Ben Williams
Neil Elworthy (repl. Alun Dew, 67 mins)
David Davies (repl. Declan Bale, 60 mins)
Tom Lucas (repl. Morgan Evans, 52 mins)
Dave Skone (repl. Matthew Edwards, 59 mins)
Kieron Weightman (repl. Lewis Humphries, 59 mins)
Referee: Mr. Rhys Jones, Bridgend.

Today's other WRU National Championship Results:

Cardiff Met 19 Tata Steel 44
Newbridge 15 Narberth 13
Newcastle Emlyn 37 Skewen 18
Glynneath v Beddau, Postponed.