Loss at Bridge Field.

Bedwas RFC 18 Llanelli RFC 10
Principality Welsh Premiership, Friday 8th March 2019.

This was another setback for Llanelli in their quest to avoid the end of season drop. To rub salt into the wound, other sides around them managed to get wins to pile more pressure on the squad. With  six games left to play there are plenty of points still on offer but, without stating the obvious, they must win their next game at Parc y Scarlets against Cross Keys.

With the wind and rain on their backs Llanelli started strongly but resolute Bedwas defence kept them from scoring although that defence came at a cost with the loss through injury of flanker Jonathan Armitage through injury after only 9 minutes.

After repelling the initial Llanelli attacks it was Bedwas who got the first points of the evening via a Joseph Scrivens penalty. Llanelli almost immediately had a chance to equalise but full back Leon Randell’s kick sailed wide. However he made amends less than five minutes later after Bedwas were adjudged offside.

Bedwas responded quickly and decisively. Patient build up work by the pack was rewarded with a close range try from Jonathan Davies who squeezed over for a try which Scrivens duly converted to increase the lead.

The remainder of the half became an arm wrestle with both sides cancelling each other out as well as making mistakes through mishandling a wet ball when opportunities arose.

With the rain and wind abating at the start of the second half Bedwas opened brightly and increased their lead seven minutes after the restart. Quick hands and a clever flick from Tom Hoppe saw the ball in Adam Williams’ hands and he duly obliged by running in from 25 metres to dive in close to the corner flag. Scrivens’ conversion attempt went wide.

Llanelli were not going to lie down and after persistent possession close to the Bedwas line second row Chris Long stretched out to score a try which with Randell’s conversion saw the home lead cut to five points.

Any hope the visitors had of taking something from the game evaporated two minutes later after tight head prop Ryan Thomas was adjudged guilty of a no arms tackle to the shoulder/head of Bedwas’ Gareth Allen. Referee Ben Whitehouse immediately brandishing the red card.

After a few minutes of treatment Allen was able to carry on and Scrivens converted the ensuing penalty goal to increase the Bedwas lead to eight points.

Both sides continued to battle hard but no further scores were added before the referee ended proceedings.

So, a disappointing result but Llanelli must go again against Keys in a couple of weeks time.

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 23 18 0 5 651 393 91
Cardiff 23 18 1 4 696 469 89
Pontypridd 21 16 0 5 730 374 79
Llandovery 24 16 1 7 652 408 79
Newport 25 15 2 8 629 551 77
Ebbw Vale 24 16 1 7 541 423 76
Aberavon 22 14 2 6 485 415 69
Swansea 24 13 0 11 537 451 65
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 22 11 1 10 552 456 64
Carmarthen Quins 24 10 1 13 488 454 56
Bedwas 24 8 1 15 515 667 43
Bridgend Ravens 22 8 0 14 427 517 43
Llanelli 24 6 1 17 450 620 35
Cross Keys 22 5 1 16 452 681 34
Bargoed 23 4 0 19 400 756 22
Neath 23 1 0 22 335 905 3