News

10 September 2018 / Club News

MERTHYR 27 BEDWAS 7

WILLIAMS SCORES A HAT-TRICK AS CHAMPIONS SEAL A BONUS POINT WIN

MERTHYR 27 BEDWAS 7 (Saturday 8th September 18)

Merthyr sealed victory in the opening 25 minutes of this Principality premiership league clash with wing man Lewis Williams who was making his home debut after returning from a spell with Pontypridd, racing in for a hat-trick. Merthyr were on the score board in the first two minutes of the game when a sweeping move down the left-hand side of the field found Williams in space and his speed and power took him over for the opening try, full back Josh Martin converted to give Merthyr a 7-0 early lead. Bedwas struggled to cope with the early pace of the game as they missed tackles, a fine break up field from the base of the scrum by scrum half Justin James, found centre Teri Gee in space and good hands with full back Josh Martin  set off  Williams once again to race away for his second try, Martin converted to double the score 14-0. As the game began to settle, Bedwas began to come more into it and a catch and drive from a lineout deep inside the Merthyr 25 saw second row James Richards crash over, outside half Joseph Scriven’s converting to close the gap 14-7. Any signs of a fight back who soon quashed as from a scrum 30 meters out once again scrum half James fed his backs who found Williams in space to race away for his Hat-trick. Merthyr were then dealt a blow as an injury to Hooker Matthew Dwyer forced him off the field to be replaced by Rhys Williams. It took Williams 5 Minutes to get on the score sheet, as a lineout deep inside the Bedwas 25 was caught by man of the match young second row Paddy Mc Bride and as his forwards drove Bedwas back over their own line Hooker Williams crashed over for the 4th try. Both sides were reduced to 14 men in injury time of the first half with yellow cards shown to Nathan Hudd of Bedwas, and Kyle Evans of Merthyr. Leading 24-7 at half time the second half was a half of silly errors from Merthyr and good defending from Bedwas with the only score coming from the boot of full back Josh Martin who kick a 40-meter penalty. In a game that Merthyr were always in control of, coaches McIntosh and Dacey will be disappointed with the second half display, but happy to take the 5 points. For Merthyr prop James Howe carried the ball well in the loose, well supported by captain Phill Rees, Nick White, and Hemi Barns, but the stand out forward was young second row Paddy McBride who has impressed in his first two outings in the second row. Behind the scrum Justin James looked very sharp at the base of the scrum and both wingers Williams, and Evans looked dangerous with ball in hand. This week the ironmen travel to Parc-de-Scarlets on Sunday to face Llanelli RFC kick off 2:30pm.

MERTHYR:15 J MARTIN,14 L WILLIAMS,13 T GEE, 12 A THOMAS,11 K EVANS,10 G DAVIES,9 J JAMES, 1 J HOWE,2 M DWYER, 3 L JONES,4 P MCBRIDE,5 K SMITH,6 H BARNES,7 J PERKINS,8 P REES(C), 16 R WILLIAMS, 17 J REES,18 S HOBBS, 19 N WHITE,20 O DAVIES,21 A HOSKINS,22 R POWELL, 23 J BAKER.

SCORERS,L WILLIAMS 3T, R WILLIAMS 1T, J MARTIN 2C,1P

REFEREE: A PARRY(PONTYPOOL)       

 

There doesn't appear to be any tagged photos.

Upload and Tag Photos

Comment
You must be signed in to add comments
Comments
|