Clinical performance books Dinbych a place in Semi Final
Following their victory against COBRA RFC, Dinbych faced Division 2 North side Colwyn Bay RFC in the North Wales Youth Plate - Semi Final.
Dinbych took a convincing victory in their North Wales Youth plate quarter final against visitors Colwyn Bay on Tuesday night. The home side had a clear advantage in terms of experience and size and out muscled the visitors as they ran in 8 tries without reply. However, Colwyn Bay won the respect of the home crowd with a brave performance to the end.
The Bay defence was initially stubborn and it took around 10 minutes for the deadlock to be broken. A penalty just to the right of the posts was slotted over by wing Gruff Roberts to open the scoring for Dinbych.
The home side soon recorded their first try from a line out on the Bay 22 metre line. A well-judged throw from front row Ben Jackson found lock and Captain James Fisher-Jones at the back of the line. Fisher-Jones ran in straight to the try line for an unconverted try. A short time later, lock Conor Hinchcliffe added a second in similar circumstances from a line out 5 metres out on the other side of the field. Roberts’ conversion took Dinbych’s lead to 15-0
Roberts then scored a try of his own in trademark fashion. The wing received the ball on his own 22 metre line and showed his destructive pace to run the three-quarter length of the pitch to score an excellent solo effort. Roberts had enough gas left to secure the conversion.
Colwyn Bay attempted to fight back but as they passed the ball out wide on their own 10 metre line, the move was well read by Dinbych wing Henry Maitland-Davies who intercepted the ball. Maitland-Davies raced away to touch down under the posts giving Roberts one of his easier conversion attempts. Dinbych now had a commanding 29-0 lead.
Dinbych’s advantage over the visitors was particularly evident in the forwards and the next try came from a set piece. Dinbych won a scrum on the Bay’s 5 metre line and number 8 Robin Williams picked up to drive over for the home side’s fifth try. Roberts’ boot was clinical as he kicked the conversion.
As the half came to a close, Colwyn Bay were again cruelly punished as they tried to run the ball at Dinbych with an interception. This time the Dinbych poacher was Gruff Roberts as he stole the ball mid-flight and crossed for his side’s sixth try. Roberts added the extras to bring his personal tally for the night to 23 points and leave Dinbych firmly in charge at 43-0 at the interval.
The game restarted with Dinbych scenting an early conclusion to the game, but the Bay youngsters made them scrap for a every point. After a period of prolonged pressure close to the Bay line, Captain Fisher-Jones eventually bulldozed over for Dinbych’s seventh try. Full Back Jac Jones took on the kicking duties but narrowly missed the opportunity to conclude the game as his conversion attempt struck the left upright.
Jones soon made amends. The full back fielded a kick from Colwyn Bay on his own 22 metre line with the assurance he had shown under the high ball all through the game. He showed his pace to weave through the Bay defence to score in the far-right corner. Jones’ well taken conversion saw the game conclude with an emphatic 55-0 score-line.
Although Dinbych had a larger contingent of older players than Colwyn Bay, the home side also took the opportunity to give debuts to graduates from the Under 16s with Ifan Mars-Jones and Rowan Hughes seamlessly taking to the filed to contribute to an impressive performance.
Dinbych now await the outcome of the quarter final between Bethesda and Welshpool to find out their opponents in the semi-final. That game is likely to be played on Tuesday 25 April with the winner playing in the Plate Final on Sunday 30 April at Colwyn Bay RFC.