Agony on road for Newport

BEDWAS 30 NEWPORT 9

BEDWAS are still setting the pace in the Premiership after doing the double over Newport thanks to a 30-9 victory at Bridge Field last night.

Steve Law’s men were fortunate to sneak a 26-25 when the sides met at Rodney Parade in mid-September but were good value for taking the spoils from a hard-fought clash.

As a club they may be as fashionable as wearing white socks with black leather shoes but nobody at Bridge Field will care a jot while everyone else is looking up at them.

Bedwas have developed an uncanny knack of edging tight tussles and doing that so often cannot just be down to luck; they are a good side who will be tough to shift.

Bedwas got their noses in front and then soaked up pressure from the Black and Ambers.

Pre-match predictions of there being little to choose between two in-form sides proved to be spot-on with the hosts just about deserving their 12-6 half-time lead.

It was nip and tuck throughout the first half with neither side able to build a solid platform, Bedwas having the nudge at the scrum yet Newport frequently destroying their lineout through lock Rhodri Jones at the front.

There were a couple of close scrapes but no tries in a first 40 minutes that was dominated by the boot with fly-half Richard Powell and his replacement Ethan Davies (3) knocking over a quartet of penalties for the hosts and Scott Sneddon kicking a brace.

The Black and Ambers struck first after the restart – replacement fly-half Tom Hancock making it 12-9 – but then Bedwas stretched away thanks to their scrum.

They exploited a one-man advantage courtesy of a yellow card to Jones to put the squeeze on in the set piece and go 22-9 up with a penalty try and three-pointer.

And it was game over when Dragons right winger Matthew Pewtner powered over on 68 minutes to secure four well-earned points.

Bedwas scorers: tries – penalty, M Pewtner; conversion – E Davies; penalties – R Powell, E Davies (5)

Newport scorers: penalties – S Sneddon (2), T Hancock

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10:49pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Euwan Usami says...

Wierd games against fellow regional sides when the players are interchangeable. Scotty Williams and Mat Pewtner were winning games for Newport last season. Hope it never comes to regional level when the inevitable central contracts come in but fear it may well be unavoidable.
Wierd games against fellow regional sides when the players are interchangeable. Scotty Williams and Mat Pewtner were winning games for Newport last season. Hope it never comes to regional level when the inevitable central contracts come in but fear it may well be unavoidable. Euwan Usami
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12:30am Sat 1 Dec 12

Robert Shillabeer says...

No not so strange when players are working toward a stronger regional side, shows rugby is still strong in Gwent.
No not so strange when players are working toward a stronger regional side, shows rugby is still strong in Gwent. Robert Shillabeer
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11:57pm Sun 2 Dec 12

Euwan Usami says...

Robert Shillabeer wrote:
No not so strange when players are working toward a stronger regional side, shows rugby is still strong in Gwent.
It's identity I am referring to, rather than the bigger picture. It's the price paid for the bigger picture after all. If central contracts mean players get swapped between regions then all sense of identity is lost for me. That would be a sad day.
[quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: No not so strange when players are working toward a stronger regional side, shows rugby is still strong in Gwent.[/p][/quote]It's identity I am referring to, rather than the bigger picture. It's the price paid for the bigger picture after all. If central contracts mean players get swapped between regions then all sense of identity is lost for me. That would be a sad day. Euwan Usami
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3:24pm Tue 4 Dec 12

arvinda strop says...

Euwan Usami wrote:
Robert Shillabeer wrote:
No not so strange when players are working toward a stronger regional side, shows rugby is still strong in Gwent.
It's identity I am referring to, rather than the bigger picture. It's the price paid for the bigger picture after all. If central contracts mean players get swapped between regions then all sense of identity is lost for me. That would be a sad day.
That would realy signal the end of the i'm playing for the badge ethos that has been the backbone of club/region rugby
for longer than I care to remember.
How can you kiss the badge on your shirt when it could change from one season to the next.
[quote][p][bold]Euwan Usami[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: No not so strange when players are working toward a stronger regional side, shows rugby is still strong in Gwent.[/p][/quote]It's identity I am referring to, rather than the bigger picture. It's the price paid for the bigger picture after all. If central contracts mean players get swapped between regions then all sense of identity is lost for me. That would be a sad day.[/p][/quote]That would realy signal the end of the i'm playing for the badge ethos that has been the backbone of club/region rugby for longer than I care to remember. How can you kiss the badge on your shirt when it could change from one season to the next. arvinda strop
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