North Wales rugby weekend reports – good wins for Llandudno, Rhuthun, Pwllheli and Bethesda

Rhuthun (blue and white) on the attack against Dinbych. Pic: John Palmer

Caernarfon 5 Pwllheli 12

Two second half tries secured a hard-fought win for a Pwllheli side which trailed at the break in this Division One North clash at Y Morfa, reports Wil Martin.
Both well-balanced sides had chances to score before on 39 minutes Caernarfon followed up a low trajectory kick by their fly-half.
For once the Pwllheli cover were not able to clear their lines. Caernarfon pressed and were awarded a five-metre penalty. From the ensuing put in No8 Mac Jones squeezed in through the despairing visiting defence to score.
Pwllheli were the better side in the second period, using the slope well. They also brought on prop veteran Alwyn Trenholme and flanker Tom Hughes to freshen up the team.
Four minutes after the substitutions it was Pwll’s No8 who finished off concerted pressure to touch down.
On 28 minutes the visitors were awarded a series of penalties which took them deep into the Caernarfon 22. They won a lineout and drove for the line.
Caernarfon repelled the initial attacks but Pwllheli persisted and it was Tomos Hughes who crossed to score the crucial winning try.
The Cofis were not done and threw the kitchen sink at Pwllheli, but the Llyn defenders clung on stoically until the final whistle.      
This was a very credible and encouraging performance by this inexperienced Pwllheli squad.

Llandudno 12 Nant Conwy 10

Division One North champions Llandudno edged a bruising encounter at Maesdu Road, reports Howie Roberts.
After just two minutes, Nant took an early lead with a penalty by Sion Pringle.
The Goats responded on 25 minutes when backs and forwards combining saw Rhys Henderson cross for an unconverted try .
Tudno should have taken a comfortable lead in this opening stanza with a number of penalties being awarded inside the Nant half, but the hosts decided to kick to touch instead of going for three-point opportunities.
Nant came back strongly at the start of the second period and were rewarded with their only try of the match by Gwion Jones, which Pringle converted.
It was at this stage the visitors lost Carwyn Evans to a red card.
The Goats now upped their game, and on the 60-minute mark finally gained the match-winning score when from a lineout they drove towards the Nant try-line with Morgan Owen touching down and Ryan Pike adding a vital two points with the conversion.

Dinbych 3 Rhuthun 31
An emphatic bonus point win for Rhuthun in this Vale of Clwyd Division One North derby though they had to defend well for spells against a lively Dinbych attack, reports John Palmer.
In the seventh minute visiting scrum-half Cai Edwards nipped over the try-line after some good forwards play.
Twenty minutes in after a period of pressure Dinbych were awarded a penalty which full-back Gruff Roberts slotted over, reducing the arrears to two points.
Almost immediately Rhuthun hit back with a well-worked try by wing Gwion Richards, which full-back Nathan Jones converted.
The Blues widened the gap straight after the restart with second row Cameron Lumsden forcing himself over the line and Jones converting.
After another five minutes the ball was fed across the field to replacement Emyr Gwynedd for the bonus point try, Jones again with the extras.
Rhuthun kept the pressure up and within another five minutes Jones ran from around Dinbych’s 10 yard line and forced himself through the home side’s defence to score his team’s fifth try, which he converted.

Bethesda 19 Llangefni 7
Gerwyn Thomas booted Pesda to victory in this Division One North clash with a 14-point personal haul.
Two Thomas penalties put the hosts 6-0 up before they were reduced to 14 men when their prop was binned for foul play.
However, Cefni failed to take advantage as Pesda held onto the ball for long periods to keep the pressure on the Moniars.
Thomas added a third penalty before half time to take them to the break at 9-0.
The early part of the second period was marked by Pesda attacks, and on 58 minutes then went 12-0 up with the fourth Thomas penalty.
Then came the decisive score. Bethesda won a scrum against the head and they worked the ball wide for a try in the corner, Thomas adding a superb conversion.
Cefni hit back through a consolation Declan Griffiths try, improved by the boot of Rhys Hughes.

Menai Bridge 9 Holyhead 27
A fine win for Holyhead in Saturday’s Division Three North island derby.
Tries for the visitors came from Owain Tudur Owen, Tim Plevey, Patrick Evans and Rhodri Parry, who also added a conversion and penalty. Owain Thomas also landed a conversion.
Dion McGrath kicked three penalties for the Bridge.

Saturday’s North Wales scores

WRU National Cup
RGC 24 Cardiff 40

North Wales Division One
Bethesda 19 Llangefni 7
Caernarfon 5 Pwllheli 12
Llandudno 12 Nant Conwy 10
Dinbych 3 Ruthin 31
Bala 46 Bro Ffestiniog 17
COBRA 20 v Dolgellau 15 (Sep 11)

North Wales Division Two
Mold 20 Colwyn Bay 14
Rhyl 20 Abergele 10
Llanidloes 20 Newtown 17
Bangor 7 Teirw Nant 26
Wrexham 44 Shotton Steel 13

North Wales Division Three
Wrexham 2nds 5 Mold 2nds 17
Llangefni 2nds 29 Pwllheli 2nds 13
Menai Bridge 9 Holyhead 27
Dinbych 2nds 3 Ruthin 2nds 43
Flint 53 Rhos 12  

Llandudno RFC Youth rugby team are back

Llandudno Youth team are back after being unable to field a side last year. Any 16-19 year-olds are welcome to attend training. More details on Llandudno Rugby Club’s Facebook page or website

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