Dinas Powis maintained their position at the top of their league with a well deserved six try victory over a committed Caerau Ely side.
The youthful Dinas side scored three tries in each half and displayed great courage against a much larger and more mature opponents.
Both teams played a contrasting game with the home side basing their game around their pack whereas the ‘Villagers’ opted to move the ball amongst their talented three-quarters. Despite the comfortable winning margin and all important bonus point secured against a proud and dogged opposition, coach John Dunleavy reflect and no doubt be a little concerned by the number of try scoring opportunities that were squandered by his young charges.
Showing their attacking intent from the outset, the ‘Villagers’ elected to kick a penalty gained from the kick off to the corner and from the resulting lineout scored their first try through skipper Josh Dunleavy.
Caerau enjoyed the majority of possession during the ensuing few minutes and were rewarded with three points of their own through a penalty kick as a result of an offence at the breakdown. This was to be their only score of the game and in reality the the rest of the game was dominated by the away team.
Dinas’ captain was to be the catalyst for the ‘Villagers’ second try as he masterfully collected the ball from the base of the scrum and distributed it to the waiting hands of scrum half Nathan Williams who proceeded to supply the sprightly centre Dai Lloyd who glided over the whitewash.
The narrow pitch didn’t favour the visitors who prefer to play fast paced and exciting rugby out wide – a style affectionately associated with the Welsh game of old. The restricted space, combined with a blustery wind and a rustiness following the enforced Six Nations break was evident in the quality of some of the passing. When right wing Rhys Evans scored the ‘Villagers’ third try after twenty five minutes there was an almost audible sigh of relief from the travelling spectators.
The ‘Villagers’ then uncharacteristically wasted numerous scoring chances; the normally reliable Nathan Williams dropped the ball as he dived over to score and the exciting centre Dan Evans stood on the touchline as he side stepped the final defender. As the half time whistle sounded the score stood at a respectable (if not entirely comfortable) 3-17.
With Barry hot on their tail in the league it was crucial that Dinas secure the all important fourth try and bonus point. Man of the Match Dai Lloyd was to be the conduit through which the ‘Villagers’ would do just that as he gathered a pressure relieving clearance kick and ghosted his way past several defenders on a mesmeric thirty five metre run for a fine individual try.
Man of the Match Dai Lloyd was to be the conduit through which the ‘Villagers’ would do just that as he gathered a pressure relieving clearance kick and ghosted his way past several defenders on a mesmeric thirty five metre run for a fine individual try.
A fifth try was added as scrum half Nathan Williams who sniped from the base of an attacking scrum, adding to his impressive tally for the season.
The home side raised one further challenge and looked likely to score as their forwards rumbled on a rolling maul close to the Dinas try-line however the impressive prop Tyler O’Connell ripped the ball from their grasp and a fine flowing movement the whole length of the field eventually resulted in full back Sean O’Brien crossing for the sixth and final try of the afternoon.
Three of the tries were converted by outside half Gavin Cooper who controlled the game efficiently with fine distribution and a varied kicking game.