Trebanos 24 Bedlinog 13

Saturday 2nd March 2019

WRU National Championship

Boost To Survival Battle As Bedlinog Beaten

Bedlinog came to the "Park", hoping to achieve a season's double over the 'Banos, following an impressive display earlier in the season, whilst the home side were determined to take the spoils.

Trebanos kicked off, playing up the valley, with a stiff wind at their backs and in the tricky conditions, secured the ball, and set about trying to play a fast up tempo game from the outset.  Unfortunately, due to a combination of the tricky conditions and of over eagerness, possession was not maintained and Bedlinog were able to show that they were at the "Park" for the points and started to exert pressure of their own.  The first time that they moved the ball away from their forwards, right winger Iwan Temblett, read the final pass perfectly, made the interception and raced fifty mtrs to the posts for an early try, which Tom Dew converted to give Trebanos the lead 7-0 on 5min.

One of the visitors' coaches couldn't believe their luck when Rhys Thomas was taken high by an opponent in front of Mr Jones, who just waved play on.  Trebanos continued to have the edge in the possession stakes, but were unable to build significant momentum, because of little errors and taking the wrong options.  When they put the visitors under pressure, they were able to exert a little control and forced the visitors to stray offside under their posts; Mr Jones awarded them a penalty and up stepped Tom Dew to slot over the easiest kick he was to have all afternoon, to increase the lead to 10-0 on 12min.

Livewire No8 Iwan Davies burst through the cover on one of his runs and passed to the supporting Tom Dew only for the cover to scramble back and snuff out the danger.  The signs were there for the home side if only they could get quick ball, as it was Trebanos who looked to pose the biggest threat with ball in hand.  Bedlinog came back at the 'Banos through their forwards and it was from one of these situations that Mr Jones penalised one of the shortest players on the Trebanos side for a high tackle, which was converted by outside half Rhys Davies into points, to cut the Trebanos lead to 10-3 on 20min.

Trebanos continued with their ploy of running the ball, despite having a strengthening wind at their backs.  Tom Dew made a lovely break straight through the oncoming Bedlinog backline, chipped the full back, but just failed to re-gather the bouncing ball and, once again, unfortunately, the chance was lost.  The next score was "pure" Trebanos; Lewis Humphries took the ball at pace, stepped the first tackler and put on a burst of speed on a diagonal run that split the cover, found Tom Dew in support, and the ball was moved quickly along the line for full-back Josh Ferryman to outpace the defence and dive into the left corner for a cracking try, which Tom Dew converted from the touchline with an equally cracking kick to increase the lead to 17-3 on 33min.  There was no further score before half time and Mr Jones blew his whistle for the break on 43min.

Half Time: Trebanos 17 Bedlinog 3

At the kick off, Rhys Thomas appeared to have been taken off the ball with Mr Jones apparently unsighted, and had to receive a spell of treatment before he was able to continue.  Trebanos started the second half with Rob Jones and Iwan Temblett switching positions.  After some early Bedlinog pressure, Trebanos worked their way up-field and put several sequences of short passes together, as by now the wind was quite strong.  They moved the ball one way then the other, before Lewis Humphries picked it up just outside the Bedlinog 22mtr line and jinked his way passed a couple of tacklers before offloading in the tackle to ever present Rhodri Williams, who was playing in the centre because of injuries, Rhodri skipped around the cover to touch down close to the posts and Tom Dew once again added the extra points to take the score to 24-3 on 54min.

Bedlinog came back at the home side by using the wind to gain position deep in the Trebanos half and from there launched a series of phases that saw prop Alex Meeson plunge over the line underneath the posts to give Rhys Davies an easy conversion to make the score 24-10 on 60min.

Neil Elworthy, after another hardworking shift at the coalface, made way for Alun Dew on 65min.  Bedlinog continued to kick to the home 22 and launch their attacks from there; tackling is one of the things that this side take an enormous amount of pride in and their competence was once again demonstrated as opponent after opponent was scythed to the ground. During one such defensive period Tom Dew was injured and had to be replaced by Nathan Jones.  Mr Jones penalised Trebanos at the tackle area and up stepped Rhys Davies to slot the goal for a score line of 24-13 on 70min.

Bedlinog continued to play in the Trebanos half but posed no real threat of disturbing the score board as Trebanos held firm, with flanker Cellan Michael giving way to George Jawad, and even forced the visitors to concede a couple of penalties. There was no further score and Mr Jones blew for full time on 86min. The home side finished with three scrum halves on the field, two playing out of position on the wing, a wing playing in the centre alongside a flanker, and with captain Rhys Thomas playing at flanker.  This match was reward for the work and effort put in by these young men before, during and after the last game against Narberth, where they were desperately unlucky to leave with just a bonus point; well done to all concerned.

Full Time: Trebanos 24 Bedlinog 13

  Trebanos RFC
Josh Ferriman
Iwan Temblett
Tom Dew
Rhodri Williams
Joe Jenkins
Lewis Humphries
Robert Jones
Chris Forshaw
Rhys Thomas (Capt.)
Neil Elworthy
Jacob Blackmore
Ed Couzens
Cellan Michael
Iwan Davies
Rhydian George
George Jawad (repl. Cellan Michael, 72 mins)
Alun Dew (repl. Neil Elworthy, 65 mins)
Rhodri Evans
Richard Davies
Nathan Jones (repl. Tom Dew, 69 mins)
Referee: Mr. Rhys Jones, Bridgend.

Today's other WRU National Championship Results:

Cardiff Met 29 Narberth 21
Maesteg Quins 9 Pontypool 19
Newcastle Emlyn 13 Beddau 15
Tata Steel 15 Newbridge 12
Ystrad Rhondda 17 Rhydyfelin 18