Dragons weather Storm Callum to Bonus Point victory
Caeau Les Phillips welcomed Benllech RFC on a wet and windy afternoon for a Division 3 North clash.
Storm Callum would play as much of a part in this Division 3 North fixture as the two squads themselves, with strong winds and driving rain making conditions difficult for everyone.
Dinbych began the first quarter brightly with frequent forays into Benllech’s half, however the final pass eluded Dinbych and let Benllech off the hook on several occasions. After quarter of an hour Wing Ben Reed opened Dinbych’s scoring with an attack up the slope, neat hands in midfield followed by a surge for the line saw him score his opening try of the season. Reed’s attempted conversion drifting wide of the posts.
The home side found themselves in several promising attacking positions, but poor handling or decision making let them down and gifted Benllech possession on far too many occasions. One such attack by Benllech was snuffled out near the half way and Dinbych immediately shifted to attack, the ball taken inside Benllech’s 22. Quick hands from Scrum Half Dafydd Cartwright put Centre Andrew Wilson in space and he in turn fed Wing Dylan Easton who out paced the defensive line to put Dinbych up 10-0 after 25 minutes.
Benllech struck back with a fine try from their Scrum Half, a burst up field by Benllech had several Dinbych players beaten and excellent support play from their No.9 was rewarded when he took the offload and scored beneath the posts. The conversion easily slotted to leave the scores at 10-7 at Half Time.
Dinbych now had the slope working in their favour and were soon to capitalise when Scrum Half Dafydd Cartwright sold two defenders with a dummy and sped past for his third try of the season, Wing Ben Reed stepping up and dispatching the conversion with ease.
It didn’t take long for Cartwright to find his way over the line again, picking up from the base of the scrum the fleet footed Scrum Half stepped the oncoming defence to score an excellent individual try. Wing Ben Reed accurate again with his boot to put Dinbych ahead 24-7.
Dinbych’s next try owed more to their footballing ability than rugby. Strong carries from the forwards gave Dinbych the momentum needed to put Benllech on the back foot, a grubber kick by Centre Andrew Wilson turned the defence and he beat Benllech to the ball. Wilson then used his right foot to square the ball for supporting Flanker Rhys Johnson to hack the ball onwards, as the ball tumbled over the try line Johnson dived and scored his second try of the season. Reed once again slotting over the conversion.
Dinbych’s sixth and final try of the afternoon came courtesy of their hard working Forwards. A defensive scrum on Benllech’s own 5m line was soon demolished by Dinbych’s Front Row of Brychan Ap Geraint, Roger Clayton and Ashley Liversidge, the scrum was swiftly moved forwards and No.8 Gareth Price needed no second invitation to score his first try for Clwb Rygbi Dinbych since January 2017. Wing Ben Reed successful again with the conversion.
2nd Team Captain Tom Evans and his men were far from convincing today and will have to up their game significantly if they are to defeat Llangefni 2nds next Saturday and remain at the summit of Division 3 North.