Impressive run comes to an end at Cae Hafren
Cae Hafren welcomed Clwb Rygbi Dinbych for the visitors last league game of the 2016/17 season.
Dinbych's eight match winning run came to an end in their final league fixture as a more determined Llanidloes side showed greater urgency and physicality in contact to gain a deserved if narrow victory in a fluctuating encounter. Llanidloes' aggressive defence added to Dinbych's handling errors which disrupted the visitors' normally dangerous backs whilst their outside half Adam Price had ample time to control the game tactically with a variety of kicks as well as launching dangerous attacks which stretched the Dinbych defence.
Dinbych started well taking the lead in the second minute with a penalty from twenty five metres by full back Dan O'Sullivan
. Llanidloes replied four minutes later when they counter attacked from a relieving kick on halfway and slack Dinbych defence was unable to stop flanker Rob Jones crossing under the posts to leave an easy conversion for Adam Hughes. The outside half then created Llanidloes' second try in the 12th minute when right wing Richard Pryce gathered a clever diagonal grubber kick to cross in the corner for a try which Price converted with a well judged kick. Dinbych reduced the deficit with a second penalty by Dan O'Sullivan
but then a mix up when they attempted to counter attack from a high kick into their 22 resulted in a penalty which Price easily converted to restore Llanidloes' lead. Dinbych's forwards were winning good set piece possession both at the scrum and the line out mainly through Gareth Beach
and Liam Allsup-Jones
and drew to within a score when left wing Aidyn Jones
, returning after a month's absence due to injury outpaced the Llanidloes defence on a touchline dash from forty metres crossing wide out for a try converted with a good kick by Dan O'Sullivan
Trailing by thirteen points to seventeen at the interval Dinbych reduced the deficit further with a third penalty early in the second half by Dan O'Sullivan
set up by contrasting breaks into the Llanidloes 22 by replacement scrum half Jordan Wynne
and replacement flanker Niall Duke
. Llanidloes again reacted quickly by recycling possession near the left touchline on halfway and good handling and support play created an overlap for Richard Pryce to go over for his second try out wide again converted with a well judged kick by Adam Price. Dinbych then had a period of pressure deep in the Llanidloes 22 and eventually capitalised when the forwards generated a driving maul from a short range line out for flanker Tom Eden
to claim the try. The conversion by Dan O'Sullivan
drew them within one point at 24-23 but counter attacking from their 22 they conceded a penalty for holding on after a tackle which Adam Price converted to ease Llanidloes further ahead in the dying minutes to give them their deserved narrow victory.