Sunday, 19 January 2014

Swalec Championship Weekend Review

The weather was the big winner of the day in the Swalec Championship, with all but two matches falling foul of the deluge of rain South Wales has been subjected to over the past few days.
The eagerly anticipated encounter at the Lloyd Lewis Ground between visiting leaders Ebbw Vale and second place Narberth was the most high profile casualty of the day.
However, some rugby was possible with two matches getting the go-ahead, the first of which seeing Beddau end their run of six defeats with a hard-fought 17-17 draw at Newbridge.

The Green and Golds' recent form has seen them plummet down the table while Brett Davey resigned as Coach at the beginning of the month, but new coaches Lee Davies and Ben Daniels will be delighted with the spirit their side showed.

Newbridge scored all of their points before the break with young fly-half Keiron Meek once again starring. Meek set up both Haydn Palmer’s and Duane Dyer’s tries with cute chips ahead, while he also fired home both conversions and a penalty to lead 17-7 at the break.

But Beddau fought back and added to wing Garan Pearce’s first half touchdown with one for the rugby purists from tighthead Joe Popple, who burrowed over from close range. Rhys Morgan added the extras to both and a penalty as his side clinched a share of the spoils. The draw sees Beddau move above Blackwood and out of the drop-zone.

Meanwhile, in a battle royal in Margam hosts Tata Steel came out on top as they dispatched Bargoed 32-17.

Tata crossed for five tries in all through Cameron Davies, Danny Hopkin, Jordan Keylock, Dan Cummins and a length of the field interception try by Simon Evans.

Bargoed, who came within a whisker of dumping Premiership outfit Bedwas out of the Welsh Cup last week, could only manage two tries either side of the break from James Pizey and Josh Prosser, with the latter also adding seven points from the tee.


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