Steve Law wants Bedwas to keep battling the odds in the Principality Premiership
This time last year it was Ebbw Vale who were riding high as their Principality Premiership title bid gathered momentum.
But 12 months later it won't be the reigning champions who will start as favourites at Eugene Cross Park when the second phase of the newly constructed season gets under way. They may have squeezed into Tier 1 on the last day of the first-half of the season, but they will be the underdogs against battling Bedwas.
Bedwas finished as runners-up to Aberavon in the table after 15 matches and were 10 points clear of the Steelmen. They also beat the champions 23-22 on their own patch as they revealed to the rest of the chasing pack that they have serious title ambitions.
"I don't think anybody would have predicted the top four at the start of the season, and it was a surprise to us to be in among them. Of the top four, we are the ones with the smallest budget," admitted Bedwas head coach Steve Law.
"We wanted to be competitive and to finish as high as we possibly could, but second probably surprised us all. Our defensive record was very good and that's what got us there.
"We are a good side without necessarily having the best players. We have got a lot of the right pieces to fit into our jig-saw.
"We may not have the same budgets as some of the other sides, but what we do have is plenty of energy and endeavour. We also have enough ability to be very competitive."
Just how much ability and how competitive will become apparent in the next few weeks as the eight teams in Tier 1 fight it out for the play-off places. While Bedwas head to Eugene Cross Park, third placed Merthyr make the long trek north to face fourth placed RGC 1404.
Last season they were battling it out in the Championship and both have quickly acclimatised in the top tournament. RGC went to The Wern and won 23-19 over the Christmas period, so there will be a strong whiff of revenge in the air at Parc Eirias.
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