1st Team - Match centre

Wrexham
Denbigh
Full time
S Rowlands (2), J Winning, D O'Sullivan, O Davies
Wed 26 Apr 19:30 - WRU National Leagues - Division 2 North

Rowlands brace puts Dinbych in control at Bryn Estyn

Wrexham RFC hosted Clwb Rygbi Dinbych's 1st XV in the first of two mid week league fixtures.

​Dinbych gained their second bonus point victory in five days with this five try triumph over Wrexham but again had to rely on an excellent defensive display to frustrate a Wrexham side who enjoyed a lion's share of both possession and territory. However Dinbych again showed their ability to take their limited chances and be able to score from any position on the field which have made them such a threat to any opposition.
​Dinbych started well opening the scoring in the fourth minute initiated by an incisive break up the right from his own half by full back Jamie Winning which took play deep into the Wrexham 22. When the ball was recycled to the left with slick handling in midfield eventually finding lock Gareth Beach near the left hand touch his inside pass allowed wing Sion Rowlands to force his way over in the corner for an unconverted try. Dinbych always looked the more likely to score at this stage through their combined attacks and went further ahead midway through the half when Sion Rowlands went over for his second unconverted try taking advantage of a Wrexham failed interception attempt. As the half progressed Wrexham were now keeping possession for long periods as they went through multiple phases of play but despite some good individual running were unable to break through a well organised Dinbych defence due handling errors and the strong tackling effort of the visitors. Then with Wrexham pressing deep in the Dinbych 22 ten minutes before the interval Jamie Winning latched on to a loose ball to run the length of the field for a solo try although he was forced to touch down in the corner due to the efforts of a desperate Wrexham defence trying to cut him off.

​Leading by fifteen points to nil at the interval Dinbych soon increased their lead in the opening minutes of the second half when centre Matt Hulse punched a hole through the middle of the Wrexham defence to take play into the host's 22 before the ball was recycled to the narrow side on the right where outside half Dan O'Sullivan broke through to cross in the corner for an unconverted try. Once again Dinbych were forced to defend deep in their 22 for a long period especially when Sion Rowlands was yellow carded for a high tackle but Wrexham eventually broke their duck midway through the half when hooker Johnie Morgan forced his way over after a forward drive from a short range line out. Dinbych soon reacted to this and closed out any hopes of a Wrexham revival when they launched a long kick out of defence and then capitalised on a fumble by a Wrexham defender allowing ever alert centre Owain Davies to pick up and cross in the corner for Dinbych's fifth try. Wrexham continued to press hard close to the Dinbych line and eventually gained a consolation score in the dying minutes when outside half Nathan Jones crossed for a try from a short range line out.

Key moments

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Try Sion Rowlands scores for Denbigh
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Try Sion Rowlands scores for Denbigh
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Try Jamie Winning scores for Denbigh
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Try Dan O'Sullivan scores for Denbigh
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Try Owain Davies scores for Denbigh

Highlights

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0:00 Sub Off
Gareth Jones is substituted off for Denbigh
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Harri Evans is substituted on for Denbigh
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Iwan Roberts is substituted off for Denbigh
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Geraint Madoc-Jones is substituted on for Denbigh
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John Winning is substituted off for Denbigh
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Jonathan Morgan is substituted on for Denbigh
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Matt Hulse is substituted off for Denbigh
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Dan Lawrence is substituted on for Denbigh
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Sion Rowlands is substituted off for Denbigh
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Gruff Roberts is substituted on for Denbigh
0:00 Yellow Card
Sion Rowlands is yellow carded for Denbigh
0:00 Yellow Card
Dan O'Sullivan is yellow carded for Denbigh
0:00 Try 0 - 10
Dan O'Sullivan scores for Denbigh
0:00 Try 0 - 5
Owain Davies scores for Denbigh
0:00 Try Assist
David Underwood makes an assist for Denbigh
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Sion Rowlands scores for Denbigh
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Gareth Beach makes an assist for Denbigh
0:00 Try 0 - 20
Sion Rowlands scores for Denbigh
0:00 Try 0 - 15
Jamie Winning scores for Denbigh
0:00 Try Assist
Dan O'Sullivan makes an assist for Denbigh
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  • Gareth Beach Try Assist 0:00'
  • Sion Rowlands Try 0:00'
  • Jamie Winning Try 0:00'
  • Dan O'Sullivan Try Assist 0:00'
  • Gareth Jones Sub Off 0:00'
  • Harri Evans Sub On 0:00'
  • Iwan Roberts Sub Off 0:00'
  • Geraint Madoc-Jones Sub On 0:00'
  • John Winning Sub Off 0:00'
  • Jonathan Morgan Sub On 0:00'
  • Matt Hulse Sub Off 0:00'
  • Dan Lawrence Sub On 0:00'
  • Sion Rowlands Sub Off 0:00'
  • Gruff Roberts Sub On 0:00'
  • Sion Rowlands Yellow Card 0:00'
  • Dan O'Sullivan Yellow Card 0:00'
  • Dan O'Sullivan Try 0:00'
  • Owain Davies Try 0:00'
  • David Underwood Try Assist 0:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Dolgellau 8 55
2. Llangefni 7 55
3. Denbigh 8 50
4. Llanidloes 7 33
5. Shotton 8 28
6. Wrexham 7 25
7. Llangollen 7 12

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