Bedwas 9 Neath 17
THREE Neath tries were enough to secure a hard-fought away win over Premiership leaders Bedwas in a tough British and Irish Cup game.
With neither side able to progress to the next stage of the competition, both head coaches chose to give opportunities to fringe players.
Josh Jones, currently playing for Senghenydd, made his debut at centre for Bedwas, while Neath fielded seven permit players.
With the wind at their backs, Bedwas started brightly on the sticky pitch and took a second-minute lead via a Lewis Hudd penalty.
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Neath dominated territory afterwards, but Bedwas defended well. Hudd increased Bedwas's lead after 26 minutes with a well-struck goal.
Neath lifted the tempo again and No. 8 Steffan Jones was driven over from close range. Langdon's conversion went wide.
Hudd added a third Bedwas penalty after 33 minutes but they could not prevent a try from left wing Chris Morgans, who crossed out wide following a neat kick through by Langdon.
Dean Cummins's conversion into the wind was successful and Neath went into the break with a 12-9 lead, but deserved more after playing the more exciting rugby and scoring tries rather than kicking for goal.
The second half became a bit of a slog with the pitch cutting up after taking a beating from the rain of the past month.
Bedwas had chances to score but were not accurate enough with the final pass and chances came to nothing.
Neath replacement hooker Alun Wyn Davies was driven over for the match-clinching try on 69 minutes.
Neath finish their British and Irish Cup campaign with a home match against Scottish side Stirling County next Saturday at The Gnoll, knowing a win will give them extra confidence for the remainder of the league campaign.
Bedwas : Pens; L. Hudd (3).
Neath : Tries: S. Jones, C. Morgans, A. W. Davies. Con: D. Cummins.