Unbeaten league run ends at the hands of COBRA
Top of the league Dinbych faced 4th placed COBRA RFC on a slippery afternoon at Caeau Les Phillips.
League leaders Dinbych suffered a reality check as they lost their fifteen match unbeaten record to a well drilled and close knit COBRA side whose error free all round play both in attack and defence in difficult conditions gave them a well deserved victory.
Dinbych used the advantage of playing with the wind at their backs in the first half to dominate territorially but were unable to use it to control the play effectively as the COBRA forwards had the upper hand in the scrums whilst their physicality in open play often turned over possession at static mauls and caused Dinbych to concede penalties at the breakdown. Equally important was the visitors' defence with the line speed and tackling of the backs nullifying Dinbych's normally dangerous attacking runners.
At the lines out where lock Gareth Beach plying his 50th game for the club gained his usual share of possession the COBRA forwards often managed to disrupt one of Dinbych's main attacking springboards. It took COBRA half an hour to eventually take play into the Dinbych 22 but they made it count with going through several phases of play which was only stopped fifteen metres from the Dinbych line when the hosts conceded a penalty. Scrum half Bryn Davies took a quickly taken tap penalty to go over for the game's only try which was converted by full back Wil Worthington.
Trailing by seven points to nil at the interval Dinbych continued to have the better of the game territorially in the second half with COBRA's main use of the wind being to launch relieving kicks out of defence. Most of these were infield where wing Aidyn Jones and Kieran Bonar playing an assured game at full back launched counter attacks which are normally one of Dinbych's main try scoring sources of possession. As in the first half however these came to nothing as they failed to breach COBRA's watertight defence.
COBRA on the other hand through their good close support play continued to take their limited chances with Wil Worthington adding a penalty twenty minutes into the half when the referee overturning a penalty for the hosts. COBRA also fell foul of the referee as they played for twenty minutes in the second half with fourteen men as two forwards were given yellow cards. Dinbych were unable to capitalise on this however and COBRA increased their lead when Dinbych infringed at a scrum allowing Worthington to kick his second penalty.
Dinbych continued to attack in the final ten minutes with bursts by replacement lock Rory Tolley and flanker Dan Lawrence taking play close to the COBRA line but failing due to lack of close support and a determined COBRA defensive effort.
COBRA held out to the end to gain a well deserved victory and will be hoping to repeat this on Saturday when the clubs play the return fixture whilst Dinbych know they have to improve in many aspects of their play if this is to be avoided.