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Bargoed lift Mid District crown in a tense showdown with dogged Ystrad Rhondda.

BARGOED clinched the Worthington Mid District title thanks to a tense 29-28 victory over Ystrad Rhondda at Caerphilly.

The Championship side took the spoils in a thrilling cup final but despite a dominant performance up front, they could not pull away from a dogged Ystrad side.

The Blues took the lead on 12 minutes. A driving Bargoed maul was halted just five metres out, and fly-half Josh Prosser put centre Phil Price over.

The Rhondda side hit back immediately with a well struck Rhys Truelove penalty.

Another Bargoed error in midfield saw Truelove capitalise with a hack on and beat the defence to touch down to take a 8-5 lead. However, Ystrad's lead didn't last long with full-back Lee Pearson finishing well to cross, following some fine handling skills from prop Ian Jenkins.

Prosser converted but yet again Bargoed infringed from the restart and allowed Truelove to close the gap to a point. Prosser restored the advantage on the stroke of half time to make it 15-11 at the break.

After the interval Bargoed's dominance up front continued to be a defining factor in the game as No.8 Ross Coombes picked up from the base of a scrum to bulldoze over from close range. Prosser converted to put an 11-point margin between the teams. But Ystrad weren't taking it lying down and another penalty from Truelove, followed by a wellworked try from centre Ryan Howells and conversion made for a tense final 10 minutes with Bargoed just in front at 22-21.

Coombes sealed it for Bargoed with his second try from another strong scrum close to the Ystrad line. Prosser converted, but Ystrad weren't done, and they scored another cracking try with the last move of the game to make it 29-28 with the conversion.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 27, 2014
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