Rugby Union: Tough away tie for Bethesda in Plate, Pwllheli bow out

Bethesda attack against Dunvant. Picture: via Oval Zone courtesy of Gwynant Pierce

Bethesda have landed a tough away draw against Birchgrove RFC of Division One West Central in the third round of the WRU National Plate.

Pesda qualified for the next stage after Saturday’s impressive 26-10 home win over Dunvant.

Nant Conwy have scooped a home tie with Aberdare, while Division One North champions Llandudno will host Risca or Brynmawr if they win this weekend’s rearranged second round tussle at Glynneath.

Draws for the WRU National Plate, Bowl and Shield were all made on Tuesday.

(Games to be played on weekend of 16th November, 2019)
Cwmgwrcach v Pwllheli 2nds
Holyhead v Brackla
Forgeside v Dinbych 2nds
Pontardawe v Llangefni 2nds
Llanrumney v Flint
South Gower v Wrexham 2nds

(To be played on 16th November, 2019)
Nant Conwy v Aberdare
Birchgrove v Bethesda
Glynneath or Llandudno v Risca or Brynmawr
Bridgend Athletic v Treorchy or Bro Ffestiniog

(Game to be played on 16th November, 2019)
Pentyrch v Tylorstown or Mold

Results – Saturday, October 12

WRU Premiership
RGC 26 Pontypridd 8

WRU National Plate Round 2
Bethesda 26 Dunvant 10
Croesyceiliog 0 Nant Conwy 24
Glynneath P Llandudno P
Treorchy P Bro Ffestiniog P
Pwllheli 17 Ammanford 31
Bridgend Athletic 28 Bala 3

WRU National Bowl Round 2
Tonmawr P Colwyn Bay P
Fairwater 33 Rhyl 7
Tylorstown P Mold P
Wrexham 24 Laugharne 25

WRU National Shield Round 1
Dinbych 2nds 26 Rhos 19
Flint w/o Machynlleth
Holyhead 34 Ruthin 2nds 12
Llangefni 2nds w/o Mold 2nds
Menai Bridge 5 Wrexham 2nds 35

WRU Division One North
Ruthin 74 Llangefni 7

WRU Division Two North
Shotton 42 Abergele 12
Llanidloes 10 Bangor 28

Report: Pwllheli 17 Ammanford 31
WRU National Plate round two

Pwllheli’s interest in this season’s Plate is over after Division One West Central visitors Ammanford ran out worthy winners at Parc Bodegroes.
Home wing Osian Parry Jones opened the scoring with a 19th minute penalty.
This was a classic cup tie and the teams put their bodies on the line. The penalty count was against Pwllheli, but in general their discipline was good.
The hosts put some good phases together from the 30th minute onwards. They gradually made ground and fly-half Nick Butterworth powered over to score, Parry Jones kicking the extras.
It was important to keep Ammanford at bay for the rest of the half. As it was they countered from deep. Initially the home defence held but the visitors kept their focus and on 41 minutes flanker Joe Locke crucially forced his way over. Fly-half Steffan Roberts added the two points, making it 10-7 Pwllheli at half time.
It was soon apparent in the second half that Ammanford’s tactics had changed substantially. They kept the game tight and their expansive rugby was limited. Their bulky pack went through the phases and Pwllheli’s tackle count soared.
The hosts changed Rhys Williams for Tudur Griffiths in the front row. The set scrum remained strong and the loose forward play was even.
Pwllheli’s lineout again stuttered and they twice lost ball in potentially key situations. A key moment came on eight minutes when Pwllheli’s Deio Brunelli was yellow carded for an alleged deliberate knock-on.
The visitors took advantage with a second Locke try and Roberts conversion.
Twelve minutes in Pwllheli brought on two experienced players with flanker Dafydd Anwyl replacing William Owen and Owain Williams substituting Mathew Butterworth.
Williams’ presence was soon felt when he put in a telling grubber kick and won the race to the touchdown. Parry Jones added a superb touchline give his team a 17-14 lead. Ammanford countered from the kick off and were awarded a penalty for offside which Roberts landed to tie the score.
In the latter stages the visitors looked increasingly threatening and tries by Ian Davies and Lock, both boosted by Roberts’ boot, settled the tie.

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