Dinbych unable to match Wands
Dinbych travelled to Cardiff for their WRU Plate - 2nd Round fixture against Division 1 East Central side Glamorgan Wanderers.
The scoreline does not reflect the general play in an excellent National Plate Second Round tie with Dinbych more than holding their own for much of the match against their high flying opponents who are aiming to regain their position in the top tier of community rugby. The forwards more than held their own against much heavier opponents in the scrum whilst lock Gareth Beach
and skipper and No.8 Narmer EL-Lamie
battled hard against loftier opposition at the line out. The Dinbych backs were a constant threat throughout with their handling and running skills bringing out the best in the Wanderers defence. Where the Wanderers had the upper hand were using their bulk to good effect in their driving mauls and their ability to come away with points in positions near the Dinbych line.
Glamorgan Wanderers started strongly and opened the scoring after only 7 minutes with a try by lock Anthony Cox after a driving maul generated by their powerful forwards from a line out inside the Dinbych 22. They added a second from the restart kick with good combined support by forwards and backs taking play from their own 22 to the Dinbych line with Cox again finishing it by touching down for his second try. Outside half Luke Fish converted both to leave Dinbych with an uphill task from the start. For the remainder of the half however there was very little between the sides with Dinbych's makeshift pack especially the front row of props Peter Shoosmith
and Joe Davies
with hooker Ben Jackson
excelling in the scrums against their bulkier opponents. The half back combination of scrum half Jordan Wynne
and outside half Garin Roberts
initiated numerous attacking moves as Dinbych went through many phases of play from the quality recycled possession through the likes of flankers Dafydd Jones
and Robin Williams
. This allowed centres Tom Seddon
and Ethan Morris
despite being heavily marked to probe for openings and both wings Aidyn Jones
and Kieran Bonar
were able to take advantage to worry the hosts using their speed to make long breaks upfield whilst full back Gruff Roberts
was a constant threat with his elusive open play running.
Despite Dinbych's efforts the Wanderers increased their lead after 35 minutes when wing Will Adam Jones crossed for a try following a quickly taken tap penalty 15 metres out from the Dinbych line with Fish again adding the conversion points. Dinbych then got some reward for their positive attacking play just before the interval as they attacked down the right from a scrum just inside the Wanderers half with good handling by the midfield backs releasing man of the match Gruff Roberts
to slice through for a try converted by Garin Roberts
Trailing by 21 points to 7 at the interval Dinbych then suffered two blows early in the second half. First they conceded a try as they tried to attack from deep inside their 22 but were pressurised into handling errors which allowed Wil Adam Jones to go over for his second try. Then the Wanderers won a line out near the Dinbych line before moving the ball wide for flanker Josh Sheehan to power his way over for a try. Despite these set backs Dinbych continued to provide determined opposition with Adyn Jones, Gruff Roberts
and Tom Seddon
only denied scoring chances by determined Wanderers tackling. Former Connacht and Wales Under 20's International scrum half James Loxton then broke away from a scrum inside his own 22 on a long run upfield and good support play ended with flanker Max Wootton scoring a try. Luke Fish again added the conversion points to all three tries.
With skipper Narmer EL-Lamie
forced to leave the field with a leg injury replacement Brychan Ap Geraint
brought the number of props in the Dinbych pack to five as stalwart Osian Williams was also playing out of position as a lock whilst flanker Dafydd Jones
normally operated as a hooker. The Wanderers took advantage of their line out options with two tries from short range set pieces in the closing minutes through flanker Josh Sheehan and wing Phil Parivo with replacement outside half Rob Evans converting one.