Newport did lead 6-3 after the first quarter but it always looked as if it would not be the visitors night. They got theirselves into some good field positions but could never quite break through a defiant Bedwas defence. Serious injuries to No 6 Sam Waldron (broken arm) and No 10 Scott Sneddon in the first half did not help and at times the scrum was creaking although they were seriously disrupting the Bedwas lineout. The writing was on the wall 15 mins into the 2nd half when wing Mike Poole was denied a sensational try from a kick and gather from inside his own half and then a kick and chase to the corner. Pooley was adamant he had scored but finally the assistant referee ruled otherwise. Newport should have gone in at HT in the lead but a yellow card for 2nd row Rhodri Jones in first half stoppage time was to cost them dear and eventually 10 points. Newport perhaps can claim that they were robbed earlier in the season at Rodney Parade but this time in the 2nd half there was really only one team in it as Bedwas duly completed the double for the 2nd season running and record their biggest ever win over the Black & Ambers.
Newport MOM : Mike Poole
Chris Kirwan, SWA writes :
BEDWAS are still setting the pace in the Premiership after doing the double over Newport thanks to a 30-9 victory at Bridge Field. 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