Ruthin RFC hosted a fierce Vale of Clwyd derby which entertained all. The hosts claiming victory in the opening Division 1 derby fixture.
Ruthin claimed the spoils with a bonus point victory in a competitive derby encounter against their nearest rivals. This was largely due to their greater physicality in contact and their ability to retain possession with good close support through multiple phases of play which eventually broke through a determined Dinbych defence. After taking an early lead and dominating the first half Ruthin then had to withstand a resurgent Dinbych performance for most of the second half before making the game safe with two late scores.
Ruthin were soon on the attack and went through many phases of play in the opening two minutes. When Dinbych eventually turned over possession a handling error by them gave Ruthin the opportunity to take play close to the visitor's line for prop Zac Roberts to touch down after a driving maul by the forwards. Centre Nathan Jones added the conversion points. Worse was to follow as Ruthin again stretched the Dinbych defence to its limits as they again went through multiple phases of play deep in the Dinbych 22 resulting in hooker Liam Davies adding a second try. This was again converted by Nathan Jones to leave Dinbych facing an uphill task after only ten minutes. They gradually gained a foothold into the match but fell further behind midway through the half. They were again forced to defend against Ruthin's multiple phase attacks which eventually gave right wing Josh Wilson the opportunity to outflank the defence to score an unconverted try in the corner. Dinbych continued to attempt to play their usual expansive game which released left wing Kieran Bonar on a number of long touch line dashes.
Trailing by nineteen points at the interval Dinbych raised their game at the start of the second half and opened their scoring after five minutes with a spectacular solo try by full back Gruff Roberts whose run from the left hand touch line on half way beat numerous defenders by his pace and balance on a diagonal run to cross the line near the right hand corner for an unconverted try. Dinbych now had their tails up with the forwards providing Andrew Deakin playing out of position as a replacement scrum half with good quality possession enabling the backs with Tom Seddon leading the way to launch some penetrative attacks. Ruthin were then depleted by a sin binning as they offended whilst withstanding a close range attack by Dinbych. The visitors were not to be denied and they reduced the arrears when replacement lock Rory Tolley claimed the touchdown for an unconverted try following a driving maul by the forwards from a short range line out. The game was now a more even affair as Dinbych were now in striking distance but unfortunately their attempt to attack from inside their 22 backfired as a handling error allowed Ruthin to kick through with Josh Wilson able to win the race to touch down for his second try converted by Nathan Jones. The centre then added a penalty in the final minute to end a brave Dinbych fight back in the second half.
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