North Wales club rugby: Ruthin make early running in Division One North

Fiercely competitive action between Ruthin (blue and white) and Caernarfon at Cae Ddol. Picture: John Palmer

North Wales club rugby results and reports – Saturday, September 28

WRU Division One North
Bethesda 7 Llandudno 13
Bro Ffestiniog 15 COBRA 7
Dolgellau 20 Dinbych 6
Nant Conwy 22 Bala 20
Pwllheli 47 Llangefni 15
Ruthin 32 Caernarfon 15

WRU Division Two North
Abergele 6 Colwyn Bay 6
Mold 81 Llanidloes 14
Newtown 28 Bangor 17
Teirw Nant 13 Wrexham 17
Welshpool 3 Rhyl 43

WRU Division Three North
Dinbych 2nds P Rhos P
Flint 30 Wrexham 2nds 15
Llangefni 2nds 12 Machynlleth 46
Mold 2nds 20 Menai Bridge 13
Pwllheli 2nds 10 Ruthin 2nds 31

Division One North

Bethesda 7 Llandudno 13

On a ground where they won 61-12 last season, champions Llandudno were made to fight much harder for their victory by a Bethesda side which had also been victorious in their opening two matches.
Pesda tried to impose themselves physically and were reduced to 14 men after only two minutes when prop Jack Owens was yellow carded.
Following a further home infringement the Goats took a quick penalty and following support play by backs and forwards crossed the whitewash with Morgan Owen scoring the try. Ryan Pike added the conversion.
The match was evenly contested throughout with Bethesda’s backs looking very sharp, although the Goats had the upper hand in the set piece. Following a spell of home pressure, Gethin Harper crossed for a try converted by Gethin Long.
Pike’s penalty handed Llandudno a 10-7 half time lead.
The second half was an arm wrestle with the Goats doing most of the attacking and resolute defence from Pesda, the only score being a further Pike penalty.

Rhuthun 32 Caernarfon 15

Rhuthun head the Division One North table after making it three successive bonus-point wins at the weekend.
Wing Bryn Sheppard notched an early home try before on 20 minutes a good break by centre Mike Jones led to wing Gwion Richards touching down and converting.
Caernarfon reduced the arrears with a try, but Rhuthun hit right back with a pushover score from the pack, second row Chris Davies claiming the honours.
The home side were ahead 17-5 at the interval.
Davies notched Rhuthun’s fourth try soon after the restart, but the Cofis responded again with their second.
A try by full-back Iestyn Davies put the hosts back in command only for Caernarfon to cross the whitewash again.
At 27-15, a possible two league points was available to the visitors if they scored a further try, but with three minutes left Blues captain Emyr Gwynedd extinguished that hope with a fine dash over the try-line. Caernarfon try scorers were Ilan Davies and Ieuan Owen (2).

Bro Ffestiniog 15 COBRA 7

Having lost both their opening two league matches Bro headed into this encounter with some confidence on the back of a last gasp win over Dolgellau in the WRU Plate.
On 15 minutes a turnover on the halfway line by Paul Kalafusz took Bro into their opponents 22 and the ball was passed through the backs for left wing Steffan Rhys to touch down.
COBRA were much the stronger in the scrums and constant pressure led to them being awarded a penalty try, which was converted.
Late in the first half, from a scrum five Bro went through four phases before fly-half Ian Roberts side-stepped and crashed over between the posts, with Aron Aspden adding the extras.
The only points of the second half was an Aspden penalty after COBRA were penalised in a ruck.

Pwllheli 45 Llangefni 15

From the kick off Pwllheli launched a long range attack which culminated in centre Deio Brunelli scoring under the posts, Osian Parry Jones converting.
Within two minutes Llangefni replied with a Carwyn Milburn penalty.
Cefni used their hefty pack effectively, particularly in the set pieces. Pwllheli were faster to the loose ball and only good tackling and occasional indifferent passing kept them at bay.
Pwllheli newcomer Ieuan Williams at centre is clearly one for the future and on 32 minutes he took advantage of eight phases of play before breaking through on the right to beat the cover for a try which made it 12-3 at the break.
After only two minutes of the restart, Pwll flanker William Owen crashed over for his side’s third try, wing Parry Jones slotting the wide-angled kick.
Ten minutes in it was Parry Jones who finished off a long range counter to score wide on the right and secure a try bonus point. His touchline conversion was a beauty and made it 26-3.
Soon slick inter-passing gave captain and fly-half John Pugh a yard of space and his pace did the rest, Parry Jones adding the extras.
Ex-captain Simon Butterworth scored next when he finished off seven phases of tight play, Parry Jones again improving with the boot for 40-3.
Carwyn ap Myrddin savoured his return when his pace took him past the despairing cover to score wide out.
The last 10 minutes saw a gutsy fight back by Llangefni, No8 Declan Griffiths crashing over from close range. Milburn added the conversion.
Second row Dion Oliver claimed another late consolation touchdown for the visitors.

Dolgellau 20 Dinbych 6

Dolgellau secured their first win of the season following a much improved showing.
After three minutes, wing Rob Pugh released full-back James Owen, who darted over to the left corner.
Not long after, a strong run from scrum half Lewis Jones ended on the goal line and a quick release saw Pugh get the touchdown.
Dinbych threatened but the hosts stayed firm, and in the final minute of the half stand-off Jac Roberts’ inch perfect chip to the right corner was caught by prop Eon Williams, who sped over from five metres to make it 15-0.
It was Dinbych’s turn to reap the benefits of the wind in the second half, and they clawed their way back into contention with two penalties from full-back Gruff Roberts.
But determined Dolgellau finished strongly and in the last minute of normal time, Celt Lewis, Jac Roberts and Eon Williams combined to put flanker Tim Jones in at the corner for the bonus point try.

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