|14th September 2019||2:30 PM||WRU National League 1 - East Central||2019-20||Sunny|
The game should have been over as a contest by halftime with the Villagers of Dinas Powys dominating the first forty-minutes. During this time, the home team kept the visitors pinned in their own half, allowing them to escape just twice. The fact that the halftime score saw the hosts lead by only two points (7 – 5) was — in some part — due to some heroic defence by the visitors and tolerant refereeing. However, the predominant reason was Dinas’ persistent decision to kick to the corner for an attacking lineout rather than kicking at goal and taking the points on offer. Whilst positive attacking play is exciting and should generally be encouraged, there are times when taking points from the boot should take precedence.
The visitors took the lead after twenty-minutes on their first foray into the Villagers half. The hosts spilled a poor pass which was collected by the visitors who went on to score an excellent breakaway try. Not to be outdone, Dinas responded with a Joe Page try (converted by Callum Bricknell) after half an hour and, to the disbelief of the home supporters, the hosts led by only two points at the interval.
The second-half was a more competitive affair. It started with an exchange of penalties before Barry scored a second try through their loose-head prop who rumbled over from a driving lineout. A penalty by Dinas’ outside-half Callum Bricknell on the hour mark levelled the score at thirteen all. Within a couple of minutes Bricknell added to the tally by intercepting a loose Barry pass and scampering 50 metres for an individual try which he also converted to give the ‘Villagers’ a 20-13 lead with a quarter of an hour remaining.
The decisions not to kick for goal in the first half was to be the defining factor in the match. A momentary lapse in defence of a rolling maul and ill discipline allowed Barry to score a try and a late penalty to snatch victory and gain their first win of the season.
Next Saturday (September 21st) sees a break from league rugby as we welcome Llanishen to the Common for the first round of the WRU Specsavers National Plate.