A WIN SLIPS THROUGH THE FINGERS AS BONY TAKE THE TWO POINTS
Dunvant 2nds lose narrowly to Bonymaen 12-22 after a heart-breaking final 5 minutes
Dunvant welcomed Bonymaen to Broadarce this week and having lost the away fixture 35-15 in the first game of the year knew this was going to be tough test. To make matters worse some we had picked up a number of injuries pack. However the side that took the field was a strong one with the boys having trained well in the week and feeling confident.
Bonymaen were out of the traps first with some strong play and dominant possession. However Dunvant who had worked on their defence since last week were up to the challenge with some great line speed and tackling. However the pressure finally told with Bony crossing the line for an unconverted try. Dunvant started to build some phase play themselves fed efficiently by scrum half Nick Maestri. These Pods of forwards making inroads into the Bonymaen defence and providing the Dunvant back line with space. Dunvant moved down to camp on the Bonymaen line and it was Ollie Beck who crossed taking a pass outside Jac Newbury to punch a hole and score under the posts. Jac convert and Dunvant moved into the lead 7-5. Bonymaen came back strong and at one stage went through 20+ phases in the Dunvant half that were defended heroically and finally saw a Bony make a mistake. This kept Dunvant in the lead going into the break
The game was evenly balanced with both teams having good ball but both still defending well. The deadlock came when Second Row Ollie Beck was deemed to have deliberately knocked on when the ball was feed down the blind side at far left hand corner of the field. The referee deemed this intervention to have stopped a scoring pass and award a penalty try, with the automatic conversion this pull Bonymaen back into a 7-12 lead. Bonymaen then were award a yellow card. Dunvant took advantage of this stretching the 14 men back and forth and finally orchestrating space for Mark Loughlin to walk over in the near right hand corner. With the very difficult conversion slipping just wide the score was level at 12-12. Bonymaen again made it tough for themselves when their number 8 was sent off. Dunvant had 10 mins left to take advantage of this. However in trying to do so the decision making and composure was lost and Dunvant found themselves running from their on half and kicking possession away in Bonymaen’s. Eventually Bonymaen were awarded a penalty in front of the posts, when a forward pod taking ball from a 4 man lineout failed to secure the ruck and a Dunvant late arrival was deemed to come in from the side. Bonymaen gladly kicked at goal and with 2 minutes remaining went into the lead 12-15. Dunvant tried to regain control but Bony had their tales up and in the last play of the game scored again in the far left hand corner and finished the game with a superb touchline conversion.
The performance was worthy of a win but Dunvant let that slip away in the last 5 minutes. The team were obviously disappointed but will take plenty of positives into next week’s game against Swansea University which will be played at the University ground opposite Singleton Boating Lake.