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Rugby Union: Massive win puts Tudno top, Pwllheli end Ruthin’s perfect record, first victories for Cofis and Dinbych

Llandudno launch another attack at Llangefni. Picture: Ian Horsman, Triple Effect Photography

North Wales rugby union main club results – Saturday, October 6

WRU Division One North
Bala 20 Bethesda 27, Caernarfon 37 Dolgellau 10, COBRA 5 Nant Conwy 40, Dinbych 17 Bro Ffestiniog 12, Llangefni 0 Llandudno 60, Pwllheli 24 Ruthin 20.
WRU Division Two North
Abergele 25 Welshpool 29, Bangor 6 Mold 60, Colwyn Bay 57 Llanidloes 5, Rhyl A Shotton A, Wrexham P Newtown P.
WRU Division Three North
Holyhead 87 Dinbych 2nds 0, Machynlleth P Pwllheli 2nds P, Menai Bridge 12 Flint 18, Rhos P Llangefni 2nds P, Ruthin 2nds 34 Mold 2nds 6.

REPORTS

Llangefni 0 Llandudno 60

Champions Llandudno went top of Division One North as they made it four straight wins with an away hammering of Llangefni at Cae Smyrna.

On just 28 seconds the Goats were seven points up through a try by Oscar Lennon which Ryan Pike converted.

Rob Jones soon added a try, which Pike also improved, and he then kicked a penalty.

Ed Weston and Lennon notched a try apiece before the break, Pike adding the extras to one, making it 29-0 at the break.

The second half brought further visiting tries from Lewis Jones, Aled Meredith (2), Lloyd Evans and Rhys Henderson, Pike adding three more conversions.

Pwllheli 24 Ruthin 20

Pwllheli man of the match Eifion Roberts in possession. Picture: Gareth Jenkins Photography


A close encounter saw Pwllheli retain their 100% record while ending Ruthin’s perfect start to the season.

Eight minutes in Pwll took the lead with an Osian Parry Jones penalty, but Ruthin struck back quickly when centre Nathan Jones split the posts.

The visitors looked to have pinched a try only for a knock-on under the posts to cost them.

This setback only spurred the away side on and they soon bagged a try through wing Gwion Richards, Jones converting.

Pwllheli dug deep and put the phases together to create an opening for centre Deio Brunelli to crash over, Parry Jones adding the extras to tie the scores.

The hosts started the second period in some style. Ruthin won the ball initially in their own half and kicked ahead. The ball was fielded by flanker Eifion Roberts, who tore through the advancing cover. He made ground before supporting veteran second row Geraint Parry, who in turn beat the defence to dive over unchallenged under the posts. Parry Jones’ conversion made it 17-10.

Ruthin fought back strongly and from a series of drives towards the Pwllheli line space was created for No8 Sion Donnelly to squeeze over, Jones’ two points making it all-square again.

If Ruthin thought Pwllheli heads would drop they were wrong as Huw Williams stormed through to score his team’s third try. Nick Butterworth, now at scrum half, added the conversion.

For a full 20 minutes there was no further scoring until Ruthin’s Jones kicked a penalty to reduce the gap to four points.

Pwllheli’s 14 players tackled everything in the closing stages and held on for a hard-fought win.

Caernarfon 37 Dolgellau 10

A devastating opening quarter from the hosts aided by some suspect defending from the visitors saw Caernarfon run in three unanswered tries to take an unassailable lead.

Prop Pedr Jones, centre Iwan Evans and wing Adam Thomas all went over for the Cofis in those early stages, full-back Aled Jones converting two to make it 19-0.

Dolgellau made a decent fist of it for the remaining hour of the match, but Caernarfon were well on top in the first half, Aled Jones adding two penalties to make it 25-0 at the interval.

Playing with the slope, it took the visitors 25 minutes to get onto the scoreboard, flanker Tim Jones touching down.

But the hosts responded strongly. No8 Mac Jones and prop Pedr Jones added further tries and full-back Aled Jones improved one with the boot to seal Caernarfon’s first league win of the campaign.

Dolgellau wing Rob Pugh wormed his way over for a consolation score five minutes into added time.

Dinbych 17 Bro Ffestiniog 12

A hard-fought first victory of the season for Dinbych at Caeau Les Phillips.

The hosts started poorly with unforced errors both in attack and defence, allowing Bro to take the lead in the fifth minute when prop Jordan Rye went over for an unconverted try.

The visitors went further ahead in the 24th minute following a ruck near the touchline just outside Dinbych’s 22 when centre Aaron Humphreys cut inside and beat several defenders to score a try at the posts. leaving an easy conversion for Rye.

This galvanised Dinbych to raise their game and they replied with an excellent try from a scrum just inside their own half.

Quick service from half-backs Rowan Hughes and Garin Roberts allowed centre Aled Evans to give a cut-out pass to Gruff Roberts, whose pace took him clear before releasing right wing Kieran Bonar on a touchline sprint from the 22 to go over for an unconverted try.

Trailing 12-5 at the interval Dinbych turned the tables in the second period to win thanks to four penalties from Gruff Roberts.

Other scores: Bala 20 Bethesda 27; COBRA 5 Nant Conwy 40.

Division Three North

Holyhead 87 Dinbych 2nds 0

Fifteen tries from the home side ensured they rattled up a huge win which keeps them top of Division Three North with a 100% record from four matches.

Aron Evans (3), Gethin Rowlands (2), Clark Thomas (2), Josh Williams (2), Tim Plevey, Paddy Maguire, Ben Jordan, Tino Williams, Liam Price and Greg Palmer combined to produce the tries. Jordan landed six conversions.

Credit to Dinbych as they made the long trip to Holyhead despite knowing they had to play with only 14 players, due to them unfortunately not being able to start the game with a full front row.

This meant scrums were uncontested from the start and naturally had a huge impact on the players’ fitness and consequently the final score.

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