North Wales rugby club matches: Plate wins for Llandudno, Bro, Nant and Pwllheli; Holyhead top Div Three

Nant Conwy (green) and Ruthin do battle in the Plate. Picture: John Palmer (Ruthin RFC)

Results – Saturday, September 21

WRU Premiership
Llandovery 29 RGC 20

WRU National Plate round one
Bethesda w/o Dinbych
COBRA 7 Pwllheli 38
Dolgellau 18 Bro Ffestiniog 20
Llandudno 85 Caernarfon 0
Llangefni 0 Bala 46
Nant Conwy 28 Ruthin 17

WRU Bowl round one
Colwyn Bay 18 Teirw Nant 13
Rhyl 38 Abergele 20
Welshpool 25 Bangor 18
Wrexham w/o Shotton Steel
Bye: Mold

WRU Division Three North
Pwllheli 2nds 7 Mold 2nds 46
Ruthin 2nds 65 Llangefni 2nds 3
Wrexham 2nds 46 Menai Bridge 20
Holyhead 38 Flint 0
Machynlleth 11 Dinbych 2nds 10

WRU National Plate

Llandudno 85 Caernarfon 0
The Goats produced a stunning team performance at Maesdu Road, completely overpowering the visitors with a 13-try salvo.
In the first half, captain Dave Davies, Rhys Henderson, Rob Jones, Morgan Owen (2), Ryan Pike and Pat Coy all crossed the Cofis’ line. Pike converted four to make it 43-0 at the interval.
Pike (2), Rob Jones, Henderson, Coy, Byron Davies, Nick Dundee and Dan O’Sullivan all touched down after the break.

COBRA 7 Pwllheli 38
A depleted Pwllheli side were delighted to emerge victorious against a resilient home team.
Because of social commitments and injuries the Llyn Peninsula club were forced to travel with 15 players and several old heads ended up playing out of position. Osian Parry Jones debuted at No8.
The club also thanks COBRA for agreeing to an early kick off which allowed a group of Pwllheli players to belatedly attend a friend’s wedding.
The first score did not come until the 26th minute when centre Deio Brunelli cut though for a try.
Six minutes later diminutive scrum half Danial Williams used his pace to beat the cover and add a second away try, Parry Jones converting.
Pwllheli added a third try in first half overtime, Williams collecting his second.
COBRA tightened up their defence on the restart but 12 minutes in Nick Butterworth used his pace and strength to score Pwllheli’s fourth. Parry Jones added the two points.
COBRA dug deep and matched Pwllheli forwards and backs for the next 15 minutes, but the visitors kept composed and their defence held.
On 27 minutes Pwll went through the phases and created an opening for centre Brunelli, who beat the cover to score his second try. Parry Jones slotted the conversion.
Four minutes later talented youngster Peryf ab Owain scored from the left wing for another converted try.
COBRA kept going and scored a deserved consolation try in the 41st minute.

Nant Conwy 28 Ruthin 17
Rhuthun were left haunted by mistakes and inability to capitalise on set pieces in the first half of this Specsavers Plate 1st round match at Nant Conwy.
After a rather scrappy 20 minutes Nant got points on the board with a try, to which the Blues responded virtually straight away when full-back Nathan Jones burst over to touch down.
Again the home side came back. The Blues were unable to defend from a five-yard Nant lineout and the hosts scored with fly-half Jac Ellis converting.
Rhuthun went back on the attack and after an infringement in their 22 preventing an almost certain score, the visitors were awarded a penalty try.
Nant then added an Ellis penalty.
Rhuthun were still struggling in the set pieces and after losing the ball in their own lineout Nant passed out to the wing and scored. The whistle blew for half time with Nant 22-12 ahead.
The second half was rather a different affair as the Blues tried to reduce the arrears and went on the attack. Set pieces were much improved.
Much of the third quarter was spent in Nant’s half, but Rhuthun’s ability to score was restricted by them frequently conceding penalties and letting the hosts clear their lines.
Eventually after 65 minutes centre Emyr Gwynedd crossed the home side’s whitewash, putting the Blues within one score of the opposition.
But the hosts had the last word with an Ellis penalty, his second of the half.

Dolgellau 18 Bro Ffestiniog 20
A last-gasp try from Bro wing Daniel Trahearn clinched this Plate tie for the visitors.
It seemed that Dolgellau themselves had won in dramatic fashion, as with only three minutes remaining a Gwion Jones penalty had put them 18-15 ahead.
There was no score until the 34th minute when Bro sprang into gear. The ball was switched right where No8 Gethin Jones went over in the corner. Prop Jordan Rye converted from the touchline.
Five minutes later Bro were back in the Dolgellau red zone, and this time play went left, full-back Dewi Atherton gathering his own chip ahead to sprint home and make it 12-0 at the interval.
Bro were dealing comfortably with all Dolgellau could muster, until the match appeared to turn dramatically in favour of the home XV with 15 minutes remaining. Wing Dafydd Ellis broke free and centre Gareth Hughes was in good support on the outside to ground in the corner.
Straight from the restart, a searing break from scrum half Lewis Jones saw him off-load to flanker Tim Jones, the youngster sprinting home for his first senior try. Stand-off Gwion Jones converted, then put Dolgellau 15-12 ahead with a penalty, only for Rye to make it 15-15 with just five minutes left.
Urged on by the now vociferous home crowd, a Marius Jones surge upfield saw Dolgellau awarded a penalty, which stand-off Jones coolly slotted over,
Then came that thrilling climax. A loose Dolgellau drop out was gathered by Huw Parry, who beat the cover to find wing Trahearn, and he touched down to seal it.

WRU Division Three North

Holyhead 38 Flint 0
Division Three leaders Holyhead closed out September with a third bonus point victory, but this was a tough battle for the islanders against a physical Flint side.
The home side’s resolute defence kept their visitors at bay throughout, and in the hot conditions Caergybi used fitness to their advantage to break the line and wear Flint down.
It was a full 20-man performance from Holyhead with every player giving a fantastic account of themselves.
Try scorers: Patrick Evans, Tim Plevey, Owain Tudur Owen, Gethin Rowlands (2), Paddy Maguire. Conversions: Ben Pritchard 4.

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