Dinas Powys RFC lose in ‘thriller’

Monday, 19 February 2018

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This was a thrilling game of rugby in which the ‘Villagers’ of Dinas Powys scored four tries, gaining a bonus point in the process, but lost a nine-try thriller to their illustrious visitors Glamorgan Wanderers.

The contest can be divided into three sections: the first 30 minutes when the Villagers scored two tries and established a 12-0 lead; the next 40 when the powerful Wanderers pack dominated possession and denied the exciting home backline the ball (and within which they scored five tries); and the final 10 minutes when the home side came back and scored two further tries.

The Wanderers are pushing hard, along with Ystrad Rhondda, for promotion to the Championship and provided a stern test for the village side.

An interception by ex-Wanderer Darren Ryan on halfway saw him scamper clear for a try converted by scrum half Sam Middlemiss and establish a 7-0 lead after two minutes.

The third tackle of the game saw home centre Ciaran Driscoll sent to the sin bin by the enthusiastic match official.

Despite being a player short, the home side continued to dominate, and during this period a couple of scoring opportunities were allowed to slip.

The home side added to their score after half an hour as tight head prop Andrew O’Malia exploded off the back of a rolling maul to charge over from 10 metres.

Following this period of play the Villagers’ captain, hooker Tom Baister, was forced to leave the fray and the home side had to reorganise their pack.

The Wanderers responded well and for the first time in the game they started to show some real structure to their play.

From a penalty they established good field position and the forwards went on a concerted drive. As the maul edged close to the line, Lee Highgate peeled away and he forced his way over with help from Max Wootten to put the visitors back in the game.

The half time score was 12-7.

The Villagers were looking dangerous at the start of the second half; however, a dropped pass was fly hacked on by visiting centre Cameron Gibbon in his own half and he followed up to touch down and put the Wanderers ahead.

The visitors’ pack was dominating and a further three tries were from the same playbook, as the Wanderers mauled their way over the tryline.

The final 10 minutes saw the bulky Wanderers pack tire and the home side ran the ball from all areas of the pitch. A huge ball-carrying performance by Villagers’ number 8 Corey Imperatto was augmented by flanker Ryan Shallish and replacement hooker Dan Watts.

The Villagers’ spirit was indomitable and two tries from full back Nathan Williams, following powerful runs by wingers Jim Wiltshire and Dan Evans, on either touchline allowed the supporting Williams to cross in turn in both corners.

An enjoyable, physical contest that entertained the large crowd and tested the resolve of both teams, and which will provide coaches Dunleavy and Ryan with the belief that they have a group of players that will develop and improve as they gain experience at this level.

Full time: Dinas Powys 22 Glamorgan Wanderers 33.


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