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Denbigh
Llangefni
G Roberts (3)
Full time
D O'Sullivan (2)
D O'Sullivan (3)
Wed 12 Apr 19:30 - Cup

Roberts hat trick puts Dinbych into Final

Dinbych welcomed Division 2 North leaders Llangefni RFC to Caeau Les Phillips for a North Wales Intermediate Cup - Semi Final.

Dinbych gave their best performance of the season in defeating Division 2 league leaders Llangefni in this Conwy Land Rover North Wales Intermediate Cup Semi-Final. In this highly competitive encounter Dinbych's backs were the deciding factor as they created three high class tries all scored by Man of the Match full back Gruff Roberts. Dinbych also had dangerous runners in Centre Owain Davies and Wings Kieran Bonar and Sion Rowlands who all made telling breaks whilst Centre Matt Hulse played a vital part in creating these with his deft passing. The victory however was built on the foundation of a titanic effort by the forwards led by example by David Haydock and edging the scrums through their solid front row of Gareth Jones, Dafydd Jones and Peter Shoosmith whilst they had quality line out possession from Lock Gareth Beach and No.8 Liam Allsup-Jones. Flankers Tom Eden and Narmer EL Lamie were in the forefront of the close battle at the breakdown whilst the whole side produced an watertight defensive display which kept Llangefni's aggressive attackers at bay until the closing minutes.

​​​​​​​​​Dinbych started poorly as they failed to exit from Llangefni's kick off and offended at a breakdown just outside their 22 leaving an easy kick for outside half Mark Grey to take the visitors into the lead in the second minute. Dinbych equalised ten minutes later with a penalty from 38 metres by outside half Dan O'Sullivan who then took the hosts into the lead with his second penalty from a similar distance. Dinbych went further ahead when Gruff Roberts set up a great attacking position with an incisive touchline break and kick ahead to force a line out near to the Llangefni line in the right hand corner. When Llangefni knocked on at the line out inside half Llion Edwards launched an attack from the subsequent scrum with a bullet pass and good handling by Dan O'Sullivan and Matt Hulse allied to a dummy run by Sion Rowlands allowed Gruff Roberts to ghost his way through for the opening try which was converted by Dan O'Sullivan. Dinbych increased the lead following a break down the left by Dan O'Sullivan and Owain Davies which took play into the Llangefni 22 before the ball was recycled for Matt Hulse to release Gruff Roberts on a diagonal run to outpace the covering defence for a try in the corner. Dan O'Sullivan was disappointed to see his conversion attempt from the touchline rebound from the crossbar.

​Leading by 18 points to 3 at the interval after their dominant first half display Dinbych increased their lead in the second minute of the second half when Dan O'Sullivan kicked his third penalty having to drop kick it as he ran out of time when the ball fell off the kicking tee. Dinbych then took the game out of Llangefni's reach in the fiftieth minute when the visitors were dispossessed by Liam Allsup-Jones who hacked through and recovered the ball to spark an attack involving Gareth Jones and Kieran Bonar. Llion Edwards again provided a swift service to Dan O'Sullivan as the ball was recycled for Gruff Roberts to then run across the oncoming defence to evade three tacklers before rounding the last man for a fine individual try in the corner converted with an equally good kick from the touchline by Dan O'Sullivan. The remainder of the half was a close affair with strong attacking play by both sides countered by equally strong defensive play. Llangefni eventually got a deserved consolation try in the closing minutes after a short period of intense pressure near the Dinbych line when flanker Tom Owen forced his way over for a try converted by Mark Grey.

Key moments

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Penalty Dan O'Sullivan kicks a penalty for Denbigh
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Penalty Dan O'Sullivan kicks a penalty for Denbigh
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Try Gruff Roberts scores for Denbigh
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Conversion Dan O'Sullivan kicks a conversion for Denbigh
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Try Gruff Roberts scores for Denbigh
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Try Gruff Roberts scores for Denbigh
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Conversion Dan O'Sullivan kicks a conversion for Denbigh
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Penalty Dan O'Sullivan kicks a penalty for Denbigh

Highlights

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0:00 Try 16 - 0
Gruff Roberts scores for Denbigh
0:00 Try Assist
Dan O'Sullivan makes an assist for Denbigh
0:00 Conversion 8 - 0
Dan O'Sullivan kicks a conversion for Denbigh
0:00 Penalty 6 - 0
Dan O'Sullivan kicks a penalty for Denbigh
0:00 Sub Off
Dafydd Jones is substituted off for Denbigh
0:00 Sub On
Iwan Roberts is substituted on for Denbigh
0:00 Sub Off
Peter Shoosmith is substituted off for Denbigh
0:00 Sub On
Ben Jackson is substituted on for Denbigh
0:00 Sub Off
Owain Davies is substituted off for Denbigh
0:00 Sub On
Dan Lawrence is substituted on for Denbigh
0:00 Player of the Match
Gruff Roberts is awarded player of the match for Denbigh
End of period 1
0:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Dan O'Sullivan kicks a penalty for Denbigh
0:00 Penalty 11 - 0
Dan O'Sullivan kicks a penalty for Denbigh
0:00 Try 28 - 0
Gruff Roberts scores for Denbigh
0:00 Try Assist
Matt Hulse makes an assist for Denbigh
0:00 Conversion 23 - 0
Dan O'Sullivan kicks a conversion for Denbigh
0:00 Try 21 - 0
Gruff Roberts scores for Denbigh
0:00 Try Assist
Matt Hulse makes an assist for Denbigh
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As it happened

  • Denbigh
  • Llangefni
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  • Dan O'Sullivan Penalty 0:00'
  • Dan O'Sullivan Penalty 0:00'
  • Gruff Roberts Try 0:00'
  • Matt Hulse Try Assist 0:00'
  • Dan O'Sullivan Conversion 0:00'
  • Gruff Roberts Try 0:00'
  • Matt Hulse Try Assist 0:00'
  • Gruff Roberts Try 0:00'
  • Dan O'Sullivan Try Assist 0:00'
  • Dan O'Sullivan Conversion 0:00'
  • Dan O'Sullivan Penalty 0:00'
  • Dafydd Jones Sub Off 0:00'
  • Iwan Roberts Sub On 0:00'
  • Peter Shoosmith Sub Off 0:00'
  • Ben Jackson Sub On 0:00'
  • Owain Davies Sub Off 0:00'
  • Dan Lawrence Sub On 0:00'
  • Gruff Roberts Player of the Match 0:00'

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