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12 November 2017 / Club News

BEDWAS 12 MERTHYR 23

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BEDWAS 12 MERTHYR 23

Merthyr continued their fine form with a hard-fought win away at Bedwas, a side that had defeated them at home earlier in the season. On a heavy pitch due to the overnight rain it was the Merthyr pack that came out strongly straight from the kick off and a fine break from man of the match, back row man Osian Davies nearly open the scoring for the ironmen, only for Davies to be held up short of the line. From the 5-metre scrum, The Merthyr pack drove the Bedwas 8 back over their own line only for it to collapse. From the reset the Merthyr 8 once again drove Bedwas backwards, and after three attempts referee Aled Evans awarded a penalty try and Merthyr had taken a 0-7 lead. Bedwas struggled to contain the power of the Merthyr pack and especially the front row of James Howe, Matthew Dwyer, Joe Rees as the Bedwas scrum was constantly being driven backwards, which resulted in Merthyr extending their lead when the reliable Matthew Jarvis slotted over a penalty from 30 meters to give Merthyr a 0-10 lead. Merthyr were winning a good share of lineout ball from young second row Ben Sier and captain Craig Locke, which kept the ironmen on the front foot. A lineout won on the half way line was moved quickly by the Merthyr threequarters and an inside break from Arron Pincers set up Kristian Phillips to sprint away with no one in sight, but the referee adjudged a forward pass. The Merthyr pack kept the pressure on Bedwas set piece which starved the home backs of any possession and it was not long before full back Jarvis’s boot put the ironmen further in front with a well struck penalty from 35 meters. Things got worse for the home side early in the second half when wingman Wardle was yellow carded for a tackle off the ball. Merthyr kicked for the corner to keep the pressure on the Bedwas side, but somehow, they managed to clear their lines and a fine break from home outside half Steffen Jones who raced clear up field found number 8 Andrew Waite in support to crash over under the post, Jones converted and Bedwas were back in the game at 7-13. The Merthyr pack then took the game back to Bedwas with some great carries, from Nick White, Phil Rees, and young Ben Sier which resulted in the home side giving away another penalty, which Jarvis once again converted to edge Merthyr further in front 7-16. Any chance of a fight back from Bedwas was soon quashed as Locke gather the restart and the pack drove back up field and when the ball was moved swiftly centre Kristian Phillips cleverly chipped the home defence to gather his kick and drive over for the try, Jarvis converted and Merthyr had stretched the lead 7-23. Credit to the home side they kept battling away and this was rewarded when a rare visit to the Merthyr 25 saw number 8 Waite crash over for his second try, with the kick going wide. Merthyr then looked to have scored a third try when wing man Kyle Evans broke away down field and has he chased his kick ahead it was a race for the line with the touch judge giving the benefit to the Bedwas covering defence. This was a fine away win for the ironmen which puts them up into second place in the Principality Premiership East table, behind Pontypridd. For Merthyr, it was the once again the pack well led by skipper Craig Locke, with fine performances from Osian Davies, and young second row Ben Sier who was making his first full start of the season. Behind the scrum the backs are beginning to gel with both wing Kyle Evans, and Kristian Phillips looking dangerous with ball in hand, and in full back they have the deadly boot of Matthew Jarvis who nears the 100 points for the season. This week Merthyr entertain league leaders Pontypridd at home on Friday night kick off 7:15pm.             

MERTHYR: 15 M JARVIS, 14 K EVANS, 13 K PHILLIPS, 12 A PICHES, 11 S ANDREWS, 10 R POWELL, 9 R DOWNES, 1 J HOWE, 2 M DWYER, 3 J REES, 4 B SIER, 5 C LOCKE(C) 6 N WHITE, 7 O DAVIES, 8 P REES. 16 L JONES, 17 R WILKES, 18 S POCSKAI 19 C DAVIES, 20 E SIGGERY, 21 J JAMES, 22 G DAVIES, 23 G DACEY.

SCORERS: PENALTY TRY, K PHILLIPS 1T, M JARVIS 1C, 3P

REFEREE: ALED EVANS( CARDIFF).

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