Clwb Rygbi Dinbych began their North Wales Intermediate Cup campaign with an emphatic 102-0 drubbing of Abergele RFC.
Defending trophy holders Dinbych gave a fine all round performance to beat a plucky Abergele side in this first round North Wales Intermediate Cup tie played under lights on a bitterly cold night at Caeau Les Phillips. Although outgunned in almost all departments Abergele played much better than the score line would indicate especially in the first half when they kept possession for periods of play with Dinbych having to defend strongly to keep the visitors out. Unfortunately for the visitors when Dinbych turned over possession they had the ability to counter attack from long range through their speedy backs to score at regular intervals as they crossed for a total of sixteen tries.
Although the backs dominated the scoring the unsung Dinbych forwards once again played a vital part both in securing set piece possession at the line out mainly through Gareth Beach and their play in the loose where the back row of Tom Eden, Jonathan Morgan and skipper Narmer EL Lamie led the way. Centre Tom Seddon was a creator as well as a deadly finisher crossing for five tries with right wing Aidyn Jones adding a hat trick. Full Back Gruff Roberts as usual was a dangerous counter attacking runner often initiating try scoring moves from deep in defence as well as touching down for a brace of tries.
Youth Scrum Half Wil Morris capped a Man of the Match performance with a try on his first team debut as the highlight of an assured display as he provided an excellent service to half back partners Garin Roberts in the first half and Owain Davies in the second for them to launch the potent back line.
The writing was on the wall for Abergele as early as the opening minutes when the visitors lost possession in an attack following the kick off for Dinbych to launch a counter attack from just outside their 22 with right wing Kieran Bonar and Tom Seddon inter-passing down the left hand touchline for the latter to go over for an unconverted try in the corner. This set the pattern for the rest of the half with Abergele doing well at times, often going through several phases of play and on several occasions hammering away at the Dinbych line. However whenever they failed to penetrate an impregnable Dinbych defensive line and when they lost possession Dinbych moved the ball with excellent handling and running by the midfield backs to create the try scoring opportunities. As a result of their lethal finishing Tom Seddon completed a first half hat trick with Gruff Roberts and Aidyn Jones each adding a brace of tries and with Garin Roberts converting four to leave Dinbych 43 points to nil in the lead at the interval.
Aidyn Jones completed his hat trick in the opening minutes of the second half after good approach play by the forwards and was soon followed by a try in the left hand corner by Garin Roberts who had moved to the wing and won the race to follow up his own kick ahead after clever play by Matt Hulse. As the second half progressed Dinbych replaced their starting front row of Simon Johnston, Dafydd Jones and Peter Shoosmith with young Props Tom and Joe Davies and Hooker Geraint Madoc-Jones with both youngsters showing their potential in the fast moving game. Further tries were added by Matt Hulse, Owain Davies, Narmer EL Lamie, David Haydock, Wil Morris and a further brace by Tom Seddon with his final try bringing Dinbych's total for the season to a century. Owain Davies added seven conversions for a second half total of nineteen points. To their credit Abergele competed fiercely to the very end with Dinbych again having to show their defensive strength to keep a clean sheet.