Plate glory for talented youngsters
Clwb Rygbi Dinbych Youths faced Bala RFC for the North Wales Youth Plate at Colwyn Bay RFC.
Denbigh RFC Youth team met Bala in the Final of the Plate played at Colwyn Bay RFC, with Denbigh hoping to win their first silverware for at least 10 years. From the start Bala were on the front foot, but they missed two early penalties. After 10 minutes Denbigh came to life and crossed the try line through Full-Back Jac Jones only for the try to be ruled out for a double movement. However they didn’t have to wait long to open the scoring when Prop Lewy Eden dived over from close range following a maul, the try was converted from out wide by Gruff Roberts.
However Bala managed to halt the flow of ball to Denbighs dangerous back and hit back with two unconverted tries, the half time score was 10-7 to Bala a lead that they deserved as they were much the better team, with their forwards dominating. Denbigh also lost their influential Captain James Fisher-Jones to a head injury just before half time.
The second half started with Denbigh in a much more determined mood, and following some good forwards play Denbigh's Man of the Match Gethin Higginson scored from short range, with Gruff Roberts converting. There then followed a superb team try for Denbigh No.7 Rhys Johnson gathered a kick and beat 3 or 4 players to release the backs, a pass to Inside Centre David Devine allowed him to run at the Bala Full Back who he beat for pace to score under the posts, the try was again converted by Gruff Roberts. By this time both teams were down to 14 men due to yellow cards. However it was Denbigh who began to dominate and the game and shortly afterward second row Conor Hinchcliffe burst through to score to the left of the posts this was again converted by Gruff Roberts.
The final try was made following a determined run by Denbigh No.8 Robin Williams the ball was recycled to Fly Half Iwan Johnson who put in a deft kick for Gruff Roberts to chase and score in the corner, he followed up with a superb conversion from out wide taking his personal tally to 15 points. Still Bala game back fighting scoring an unconverted try after so good forward work, they then battered the Denbigh line for the last 5 minutes, and the last play saw Denbigh manage to hold the ball up over their own line to run out 35-15 winners and win the North Wales Youth Plate. Both teams played excellent rugby and Bala competed superbly with a very youthful team. Denbigh Youth finish the season with their final league game at Ruthin this Friday, May 5th. K.O: 7.30.