PRIN­CI­PAL­ITY PRE­MIER­SHIP EAST

Cynon Valley - - SPORT -

BED­WAS ....................... 29 NEW­PORT ...................... 7

BED­WAS head coach Ian Gard­ner is de­lighted at his side’s out­stand­ing start to the Prin­ci­pal­ity Pre­mier­ship, record­ing their sec­ond bonus-point win on Satur­day as they beat a plucky New­port side at Bridge Field.

Man of the match St­ef­fan Jones kicked three con­ver­sions and a penalty, while he mar­shalled the game from fly-half and cre­ated sec­ond-half tries for Matthew John and Adam Wil­liams.

Bed­was were al­ready 15-7 up at half-time with Rob­son Blake and El­lis Shipp go­ing over for tries, with New­port’s re­ply com­ing from Will Evans that Matt O’Brien con­verted.

“I couldn’t be hap­pier with the start to the sea­son,” Gard­ner said.

“It’s been two very dif­fer­ent per­for­mances. We were on a bit of a high after beat­ing Pon­typridd up there last week but we knew New­port would be hun­gry for a win after los­ing to Cardiff last week. And to be fair, they tack­led and tack­led and tack­led and threw ev­ery­thing at us.

“It wasn’t un­til about 55 min­utes in when we re­ally started get­ting a foothold.

“But just like against Ponty, we had that ex­tra power which made a dif­fer­ence in the end.

“St­ef­fan was man of the match last week and the same this week.

“Those two kicks for the tries in the sec­ond half were sub­lime.

“The pack that fin­ished the game con­tained an 18-year-old, a sec­ondteam player and lads on per­mit from Caer­philly and Llan­ishen.

“This club doesn’t have much money so we need to de­velop our own play­ers, and right now we’re do­ing it well.”

New­port boss Craig War­low said: “We ap­pre­ci­ate com­ing to Bed­was is go­ing to be tough. We had to start well and stop their big for­wards gain­ing mo­men­tum and we did nei­ther.

“We seem to lose pa­tience the closer we get to the line. We’ll work on this in train­ing.” FOL­LOW­ING her re­cent suc­cess in the World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships, 18-year-old Me­gan Hamer-Evans from Ton Pen­tre com­peted in the Euro­pean Ju­nior and U23 Cham­pi­onships in Ho­hen­lim­burg, Ger­many.

In con­trast to the World Cham­pi­onships in Bratislava which was held on a white wa­ter course that dropped 22ft over its 300m length, the Ho­hen­lim­burg course only drops 9-12ft so the ob­sta­cle gates were placed in tight stag­gers to cre­ate dif­fi­culty. What

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