Brains Smooth Silver Ball Final
Tondu RFC out foxed by Bedlinog RFC
Bedlinog RFC 29 Tondu RFC 10
Sat 11th May 2013
This match was billed as the clash of the champions with Tondu RFC winning the Swalec First Division West Title and Bedlinog RFC winning the Swalec Second Division East Title.
After clinching the division 1 west title, the Water Wheelers of Tondu started the Brains Smooth Silver Ball Final with much intent against the Foxes of Bedlinog. But failed to make a break through in the first quarter despite having all the ball. In their first meaningful attack Bedlinog secured a penalty after Tondu centre Matthew Davies was shown a red card by referee Mr. Morgan. Ben Grzesica slotted the kick to give the underdogs the lead. Bedlinog then extended their advantage with a well worked try from left wing Owain Rees. Tondu rallied with a try for flanker Nathan Brown after a lineout close to the line, which was converted. Two further penalties from Grzesica and one from Gareth Powell for Tondu made it 14-10 to Bedlinog at the break. Bedlinog made their one man advantage tell in the second period as they took the game to Tondu and tries from Damon Pritchard, outside half Ian Smerdon(man of the match) and an 80th minute effort by Thomas Hiscox sealed a deserved win for the division two side. In Front of a Large excited crowd at the Brewery Field Bridgend this was a fantastic game to witness, the game had everything, Brilliant attacks and defence from both teams.If Tondu the favourites had won, they would have held a new record of five wins in this old and famous prestigious competition, but it was not to be, and Bedlinog RFC will have their name on the famous trophy for the very first time. Benn Morris Business Development Manager of Heineken Uk was on hand to present the Brains Smooth Silver Ball and the Man of the Match award.