Fixture

Ruthin RFC | 1st Team 31 - 0 Caernarfon RFC | 1st Team
Kyle Adam Davies
Try 1
Thomas Arwyn Davies
Try 1
Arfon Thomas
Try 1
Nathan Huw Jones
Conversion 3
Deion Lloyd Williams
Try 1
Jamie Jones
Try 1

Match Report
19 November 2017 / Team News

Rhuthun 31 Caernarfon 0.

 

On a heavy pitch, both sides can be complemented on attempting to play an open and expansive game with Rhuthun on this occasion brimming with confidence and therefore far better exponents of offloading out of tackles and crossing the gain line. On first fielding the ball possession was retained through many phases with a Jordan Jones half break and offload finding second row Deian Lloyd Williams in support to open the scoring with only two minutes played.

The following ten minutes were evenly fought with both scrum halves impressing, Rhuthun's  Cai Edwards was crisp and accurate with his passes whilst Cofi Mike Downey excelled  in his defensive role. Cofi winger Dylan Gwyn also showed that given any space he could trouble the best of defences. However Rhuthun's pack began to dominate proceedings and from a take against the head, good ball retention and good clearing out saw an other offload find fullback Jamie Jones in space, so as to run in and score their second try on fourteen minutes.

From this point onwards Caernarfon found it difficult to secure any quality ball to function with,, scrums and line outs were targeted effectively by the home side and apart from the few lengthy  clearance kicks construed, play was concentrated in the Cofi half with everyone being questioned regarding their defensive capabilities.

Eventually the pressure told with good interlinking amongst the centres releasing wing Arfon Thomas who was able to run in close to the uprights and grant outside half Nathan Jones the added extras.

Almost immediately, Rhuthun broke out of defence following the restart and a similar pattern of moving the ball swiftly and accurately yet again split the defence with the final inside pass being collected by flanker Arwyn Davies who powered over from twenty metres, yet again affording Nathan Jones a reasonably straightforward  conversion that he duly dispatched.

The Cofis tried to regroup and saw one Mac Jones break gain some forty meters  prior to the half time whistle, that brought some much needed relief and inspiration.

The home supporters were I trust fairly confident that the scoreboard would continue to tick over in their favour during the second period whilst the Cofi faithful would have hoped that the halftime talk would have instilled a different mindset. Thankfully it was the latter that prevailed, with Caernarfon starting the half with a renewed spring in their step. Rhuthun players were for once challenged before they got into their stride and play became concentrated in the Rhuthun half for far longer than previously. Greater self belief and self confidence could well have seen the Cofis on the scoreboard but the final pass was often rushed or misplaced. Fullback Aled Jones made one telling break to bring the Cofis close but over eagerness amongst the support players led to the opportunity being lost.

Soon, when Rhuthun were at the opposite end of the field, a disruptive scrum and general sloppy play by all , saw most players, bar replacement Kyle Davies, anticipate the referees whistle. Davies however, chased and grounded and was duly awarded the try, again converted by Nathan Jones.

The Cofis were forced to make numerous changes during the match including a complete front row trio, another first team debutant, Sion Williams, stepped in at scrum half and featured prominently, displaying some more subtle characteristics than that for which his father was renowned for. With twenty five minutes remaining it was not expected that the score would not be added to, however with everyone tiring and handling not as sharp as previously the game generally drifted towards an uneventful climax. Rhuthun however needed not be too concerned whereas Caernarfon can take some comfort from the fact that, bar one freakish second half try they succeeded in keeping the vibrant home side at bay for all of the final fifty minutes.

 

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