Newport 20 Bedwas 31 match report

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Newport 20 Bedwas 31

DEFENSIVE calamities and some frankly shapeless play saw Newport fail to build on their amazing comeback at Neath as they were beaten by a far better drilled Bedwas at Rodney Parade, writes Iwan Gabe Davies.

The Black and Ambers were quite honestly shambolic at times and were in control early in the second half before they squandered a 17-9 lead to Steve Law’s men who thoroughly deserved their convincing win.

Played on a beautiful autumn afternoon, there was little to cheer about early on in a scrappy affair until home wing Elliot Frewen’s lovely try provided a glorious ray of sunshine after a great break by promising young outside-half Ethan Davies.

Full-back Geraint O’Driscoll’s fine conversion gave the hosts a 7-0 lead after 14 minutes but Bedwas got themselves back into the game with a long range penalty kicked by their No 10 Richard Powell.

Although neither side really took the game by the scruff of the neck, an O’Driscoll penalty just before the half hour mark stretched the Black and Ambers’ lead.

Newport threatened to pull away from the visitors but some basic errors and silly penalties let them down.

It was Bedwas who scored next after their lock Luke Connelly went off on a terrific run.

He stormed into the hosts’ half and the home side’s second row Adam Frampton was yellow carded for infringing at the breakdown with Powell kicking his second penalty on the stroke of half-time to bring the score back to 10-6 to the hosts.

Newport conceded an early penalty after the interval and Powell stroked his third place kick over.

But the Black and Ambers hit back immediately when centre Dan Robinson burst through the Bedwas defence to score a fine individual try, O’Driscoll kicking the extras to make it 17-9.

The visitors got straight back into the match when blindside flanker James Thomas barged over under the posts from the restart, Powell’s conversion bringing them back to within a point.

It was a better second half but the game’s flow was often interrupted by the whistle of referee Craig Evans, much to the frustration of the crowd.

The Black and Ambers surrendered their lead with a soft try from a poor clearance kick, Bedwas wing Glen Lewis racing in at the corner with Powell nailing the conversion to make it 23-17 to the visitors.

The lightening quick Frewen was nearly in for his second but was held just short as the home side hammered away at the Bedwas line and they were rewarded for their efforts when O’Driscoll reduced the arrears to three with a penalty in front of the posts.

But another defensive howler by Newport though gifted Bedwas with another easy try, centre Ryan Evans crossing out wide to take his side two scores ahead at 28-20.

A late Powell penalty put the result beyond doubt as he ended the game with 16 points.

Newport have much to ponder after yet another lacklustre and often chaotic display.

Newport: G O'Driscoll, A Hewitt, D Robinson, D Franchi (T James 13-16), E Frewen, E Davies (M O’Brien 74), J Leadbeater (A Quick 74), D Pattison (J Greenfield 61), Andrew Brown (J Jeune 63), G Robinson (A Jeffries 61), Adam Brown, A Frampton, S Waldron (B Lampitt 63), C Attwell, L Beach (capt).

Replacements: J Sullivan,

Newport scorers: Tries – Elliot Frewen (14), Dan Robinson (43), Conversions – Geraint O’Driscoll (14) (43), Penalties – O’Driscoll (28) (67)

Bedwas: S Thomas, S Cullen (R Budina 35), R Evans, S Williams, G Lewis, R Powell, L Crane; A Coundley, R Wilkes, J Mills (M Pettit 62), P Rees (J Davies 77), L Connolly (J Sawyer 57), J Thomas, D Mattravers, S Grainger (capt).

Replacements: M Phelps, H Wilkes, A Bidgood, H Thompson

Bedwas scorers: Tries – James Thomas (44), Glen Lewis (60), Ryan Evans (71), Conversions – Richard Powell (44) (60), Penalties – Richard Powell (19) (39) (42) (77).

Referee: Craig Evans (WRU)

Argus star man: Simon Grainger (Bedwas)

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7:42pm Sat 7 Dec 13

foxy3rd says...

I've been on Parade from the 60s standing on the old wooden sleeper steps of the old Corpa stand but I think this will be my last of supporting in body.
It's just too hard to take the same old disjointed performances throwing games away week after week , with just 2 or 3 players standing out.
With regularly having almost the worst defensive record in the division, how can these coaches still be there? is there an addenda?
I've been on Parade from the 60s standing on the old wooden sleeper steps of the old Corpa stand but I think this will be my last of supporting in body. It's just too hard to take the same old disjointed performances throwing games away week after week , with just 2 or 3 players standing out. With regularly having almost the worst defensive record in the division, how can these coaches still be there? is there an addenda? foxy3rd
  • Score: 8

11:22am Sun 8 Dec 13

Euwan Usami says...

foxy3rd wrote:
I've been on Parade from the 60s standing on the old wooden sleeper steps of the old Corpa stand but I think this will be my last of supporting in body.
It's just too hard to take the same old disjointed performances throwing games away week after week , with just 2 or 3 players standing out.
With regularly having almost the worst defensive record in the division, how can these coaches still be there? is there an addenda?
It's OK in the name of the regional game I think. Semi professional status hurts the performances too imo.
[quote][p][bold]foxy3rd[/bold] wrote: I've been on Parade from the 60s standing on the old wooden sleeper steps of the old Corpa stand but I think this will be my last of supporting in body. It's just too hard to take the same old disjointed performances throwing games away week after week , with just 2 or 3 players standing out. With regularly having almost the worst defensive record in the division, how can these coaches still be there? is there an addenda?[/p][/quote]It's OK in the name of the regional game I think. Semi professional status hurts the performances too imo. Euwan Usami
  • Score: 2

6:06pm Sun 8 Dec 13

pillboy says...

How is Cronk still in a job? Oh and since when has December been in Autumn?
How is Cronk still in a job? Oh and since when has December been in Autumn? pillboy
  • Score: 4

9:02pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Oddjob says...

foxy3rd wrote:
I've been on Parade from the 60s standing on the old wooden sleeper steps of the old Corpa stand but I think this will be my last of supporting in body.
It's just too hard to take the same old disjointed performances throwing games away week after week , with just 2 or 3 players standing out.
With regularly having almost the worst defensive record in the division, how can these coaches still be there? is there an addenda?
Is there an agenda? Of course there's an agenda, Newport RFC are a sideshow to the regional team now, they're a development team, results are meaningless to Rodney Parade Ltd. Do you think that it's a coincidence that the better players in Gwent play at Cross Keys and Bedwas and are the two teams in the region that are thriving at Premier level? NGD Board have responsibilities for all the main Gwent clubs and with the main attraction at Rodney Parade being NGD, who are the 'New Newport' (and have been touted as that for the past ten years) are now an afterthought. How do you think it would look if Newport RFC had all the best players in Gwent and the other sides were struggling? Do you think that the WRU (Who own half of NGD) would allow that to happen? Regional responsibilites, it's what was signed upto in 2003!
[quote][p][bold]foxy3rd[/bold] wrote: I've been on Parade from the 60s standing on the old wooden sleeper steps of the old Corpa stand but I think this will be my last of supporting in body. It's just too hard to take the same old disjointed performances throwing games away week after week , with just 2 or 3 players standing out. With regularly having almost the worst defensive record in the division, how can these coaches still be there? is there an addenda?[/p][/quote]Is there an agenda? Of course there's an agenda, Newport RFC are a sideshow to the regional team now, they're a development team, results are meaningless to Rodney Parade Ltd. Do you think that it's a coincidence that the better players in Gwent play at Cross Keys and Bedwas and are the two teams in the region that are thriving at Premier level? NGD Board have responsibilities for all the main Gwent clubs and with the main attraction at Rodney Parade being NGD, who are the 'New Newport' (and have been touted as that for the past ten years) are now an afterthought. How do you think it would look if Newport RFC had all the best players in Gwent and the other sides were struggling? Do you think that the WRU (Who own half of NGD) would allow that to happen? Regional responsibilites, it's what was signed upto in 2003! Oddjob
  • Score: 1

11:06am Mon 9 Dec 13

fedupjon says...

This has nothing to do with the dragons so dont throw up smoke screens.
Newport have a collection of players, who were simply not good enough for second class rugby 20 years ago. Add to that an inept coach and you can see why Newport are struggling. Having said they are not good enough, they are more than willing to collect their money each week.
It is cardiff at home this week so lets see somepride and passion, otherwise itis time for Cronk and co to pack their bags
This has nothing to do with the dragons so dont throw up smoke screens. Newport have a collection of players, who were simply not good enough for second class rugby 20 years ago. Add to that an inept coach and you can see why Newport are struggling. Having said they are not good enough, they are more than willing to collect their money each week. It is cardiff at home this week so lets see somepride and passion, otherwise itis time for Cronk and co to pack their bags fedupjon
  • Score: 1

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