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D O'Sullivan
D O'Sullivan
Sat 7 Oct 14:30 - Cup

Dinbych exit Bowl at Bryn Estyn

Following last weeks victory in the League, Captain Narmer EL Lamie and his men travelled to Wrexham RFC for a 2nd Round - WRU Bowl tie.

Dinbych's early season run of success came to an abrupt end when Wrexham gained revenge for their narrow league defeat the previous week with an emphatic victory in this First Round tie in the WRU Bowl competition. This came from the work of their forwards edging the set pieces and from their greater physicality in the contact area whilst they were more direct in their running lines and their good close support play which kept up the momentum of their attacks. In contrast Dinbych had to operate with slower possession which enabled a sound and aggressive Wrexham defence to pressurise them into handling errors and to stifle their attacking intentions especially in the second half when they were playing catch up rugby.

Dinbych started well and opened the scoring after only ten minutes when they counter attacked from a relieving Wrexham kick for Full Back Gruff Roberts to outflank the home defence for a try which outside half Dan O'Sullivan converted. Wrexham soon replied when Dinbych offended at a scrum just inside their 22 for Centre James Price to put over the resultant penalty. Wrexham began to dominate both territory and possession and took the lead midway through the half when they were awarded a penalty try when Gruff Roberts stopped a scoring opportunity close to the line with a deliberate knock on. Even worse he was sin binned for ten minutes but in which time Dinbych equalised when Dan O'Sullivan kicked a penalty from 35 metres. Wrexham however were continuing to dominate and after a period of pressure in the Dinbych 22 Second Row Rob Moore went over for a try after breaking from the side of a short range ruck. James Price added the conversion points to leave Wrexham ahead by 17 points to 10 at the interval.

Dinbych now had a diagonal wind in their favour in the second but like Wrexham in the first half did not use it to their advantage to find field position but relied on their normally potent backs to attack from any position. Unfortunately they were pressurised into errors by an aggressive defence allowing Wrexham to counter attack and make more ground from broken play. Wrexham extended their lead nine minutes into the second half when Dinbych lost a line out just short of their line for Prop Jamie Weston to force his way over for a try converted by James Price. Dinbych continued to attempt to play their normal attacking style of play but made little headway against Wrexham's defence whilst the hosts were growing in confidence as the half progressed and their support play paid dividends as further tries were scored by No.8 John Gill, a second by Rob Moore and by Wing Jack Radcliffe with James Price adding two conversions.

Dinbych took the opportunity to give a number of young players including Joe Davies, Aron Evans & Aled Evans their first chance to play in a National Cup competition and all should have gained valuable experience as a result.

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Key moments

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


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0:00 Sub Off
David Haydock is substituted off for Dinbych
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Aron Evans is substituted on for Dinbych
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Matt Hulse is substituted off for Dinbych
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Aled Evans is substituted on for Dinbych
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Dafydd Evans is substituted off for Dinbych
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Gareth Price is substituted on for Dinbych
End of period 1
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Tom Davies is substituted off for Dinbych
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Gruff Roberts is substituted on for Dinbych
0:00 Try 0 - 5
Gruff Roberts scores for Dinbych
0:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Dan O'Sullivan kicks a conversion for Dinbych
0:00 Yellow Card
Gruff Roberts is yellow carded for Dinbych
0:00 Penalty 0 - 10
Dan O'Sullivan kicks a penalty for Dinbych
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  • Dinbych
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  • Tom Davies Sub Off 0:00'
  • Gruff Roberts Sub On 0:00'
  • Gruff Roberts Try 0:00'
  • Dan O'Sullivan Conversion 0:00'
  • Gruff Roberts Yellow Card 0:00'
  • Dan O'Sullivan Penalty 0:00'
  • David Haydock Sub Off 0:00'
  • Aron Evans Sub On 0:00'
  • Matt Hulse Sub Off 0:00'
  • Aled Evans Sub On 0:00'
  • Dafydd Evans Sub Off 0:00'
  • Gareth Price Sub On 0:00'

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