Davies fabulous four help Dinbych to victory
The 1st Team were welcomed to a sun drenched Llangollen RFC for a what would be a fine example of Division 2 North rugby.
Despite Llangollen's bulky pack dominating the scrums and with their ability to go through multiple phases with the driving play of their forwards Dinbych nevertheless claimed a bonus point victory to keep up their challenge at the top of Division 2 North. With a minimum of possession Dinbych's aggressive defence, with their ability to turn over possession in the loose, allied to a sound line out led by Gareth Beach
, gave them enough of the ball for the speed and skill of the backs to run in eight tries. Chief executioner was Centre Owain Davies
who was a constant threat to the Llangollen defence who failed to cope with his strength and elusive running as he crossed for four tries as well as having a hand in several of the others. This was another match in which five youth players including Gethin Higginson
and Dafydd Roberts
who were both making their senior debuts gained valuable experience in difficult circumstances.
Dinbych started poorly as they failed to secure the kick off and compounded this by conceding a penalty which the hosts kicked to set up a short range line out. Despite strong defence by Dinbych the Llangollen forwards' powerful driving play resulted in flanker Adam Thomas going over for a try converted by outside half Iestyn Hughes. Dinbych replied in the thirteenth minute when lock Gareth Beach
stole a line out fifteen metres from the Llangollen line from which fellow lock Narmer EL Lamie
drove hard towards the posts and rapid recycling gave Owain Davies
the opportunity to scythe through the defence for a try converted by outside half Dan O'Sullivan
.They went into the lead five minutes later when they launched an attack from deep in their half with full back Gruff Roberts
making a long break down the left hand touch before the ball was recycled for Owain Davies
to go over for his second try after beating several defenders. Dan O'Sullivan
added the conversion points.
Dinbych increased their lead following another good line out with Dan O'Sullivan
crossing for a try which he converted himself after Owain Davies
had again caused havoc in the Llangollen defence with his elusive running. Llangollen reduced the deficit five minutes before half time when centre Chris Davies capitalised on a period of intense pressure near the Dinbych line by crossing for a try converted by Iestyn Hughes. Dinbych hit back immediately when Owain Davies
waltzed through on the blind side of a short range scrum for his hat trick try crossing near the corner which was unconverted.
Trailing by 26 points to 14 at the interval Llangollen brought themselves within striking distance as they took advantage of rare slack defence by the visitors deep in their 22 for lock Iwan Lloyd Jones to force his way over for a try converted by Iestyn Hughes. Dinbych replied when they turned over possession just inside the Llangollen half for Owain Davies
to baffle the hosts defence with an elusive run to cross near the corner for an unconverted try. This was soon followed by their sixth try when Owain Davies
latched on to a neat chip head by Dan O'Sullivan
just inside the Dinbych half before breaking upfield with No.8 Liam Allsup-Jones
in support who went over an unconverted try, Dan O'Sullivan
then increased Dinbych's lead with a penalty before a rare period of intense pressure near the Llangollen line paid dividends when replacement Centre Matt Hulse
went over for a try converted by Dan O'Sullivan
Despite the mounting scores Llangollen still dominated possession and territory and got a consolation try just before the end when flanker Adam Thomas forcing his way over for a try again converted by Iestyn Hughes. Dinbych however still had time for their final try when they ran a number of tap penalties conceded by the hosts for Tom Wynne
to outflank the defence to cross wide out for an unconverted try.