A sun drenched Cae COBRA saw Dinbych play their final league fixture of the 2017/18 season.
A powerful display by a close knit and well drilled COBRA pack used their weight advantage in the scrums and their driving mauls to lay the foundations which enabled them to gain a notable double over Dinbych and in doing so they inflicted the only two defeats suffered by the champions in their league campaign. Despite the free flowing nature of the game there was only one try scored in the first half but the floodgates opened in the second half with a further seven scored and with the lead changing hands several times.
In a fluctuating first half both sides attacked in contrasting styles with COBRA using their forwards in the main whilst Dinbych used their backs with neither able to make any significant progress against equally strong defences. With Dinbych fielding a much changed side especially up front from their Intermediate Cup victory the previous week it was surprising that they just edged both territory and possession in the first half but failed to maintain any momentum as the dominance of the hosts in the scrums enabled them to disrupt Dinbych's possession and force them to concede a number of penalties. The only score came with the last move of the half after COBRA disrupted a scrum on the left on Dinbych's 22 where they turned over possession which allowed centre Llew Williams to cut through the middle for a try converted by Wil Worthington.
With the hosts leading by 7 points to nil at the interval Dinbych replied in the first minute of the second half when COBRA's restart kick went directly into touch. From the resultant scrum Dinbych attacked down the right through full back Gruff Roberts who chipped ahead for scrum half Garin Roberts to outpace the defence and gather to touch down for a try converted by half back partner Dan O'Sullivan. Dinbych then took the lead with a counter attack from halfway with Gruff Roberts and left wing Dafydd Cartwright breaking through to put centre Tom Seddon over in the corner for an unconverted try. COBRA then regained the lead when they used their scrummage dominance to good effect for No.8 Ryan Goodwin to touch down for a push over try from a short range scrum. Dinbych responded with the game's outstanding try set up by Gruff Roberts tearing through the heart of the COBRA defence from half way and beating numerous would be tacklers before finding Dafydd Cartwright in support. The wing still had a lot to do before going over for an unconverted try in the corner giving Dinbych the lead by 17 points to 14.
COBRA then began to dominate both possession and territory in the final quarter and took the lead once more when hooker Steve Issac went over for a try from a driving maul developed from a short range line out. They went further ahead when left wing Ieuan Williams went over for a try after COBRA counter-attacked when Dinbych lost possession in a period of loose play on half way. Outside half Wil Worthington converted all three tries but was not called to convert COBRA's final try - a penalty try awarded after Dinbych had conceded a number of penalties at a scrum near their line. Although finishing on a losing note apart from their struggles in the scrum this was a gritty and committed performance by Dinbych's makeshift side.
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