Dinas misfire against Gwernyfed
A warm welcome was received at Gwernyfed RFC, a club based in the village of Talgarth at the southern end of Powys.
The hosts have impressive facilities and within their clubhouse, as in most, is the ‘Captains’ board. What was noticeable about this particular board is the name Chris O’Brien, a former Dinas Powys player who moved to live in the area and an individual who is revered within the club as one of the best ever to represent the team.
A hugely disappointing performance from the travelling Dinas team ended their unbeaten start to the season. The feeling of dismay was further compounded but the margin of the defeat which denied the Villagers a consolatory losing bonus point despite leading the contest (all-be-it by a single point) at half time.
A combination of an incredibly small pitch; a pedantic, musical and verbose referee; and a talented and committed Gwernyfed side contributed to a performance that was littered by handling errors and a flurry of costly penalties.
The home side led by 6-0 after twenty minutes as, despite the game still being in its infancy, the penalty count began to rack up. It was through yet another penalty that John Morris opened the scoring for Dinas. This was the catalyst the visitors needed. A series of barging runs by skipper Josh Dunleavy softened up the home defence and a try appeared to be in the offing however the opportunity went begging due to a forward pass.
Dinas Powys were now dominating territory. With just ten minutes of the first half remaining a sweet passage play which saw the ball passed effortlessly through the hands culminated with right wing Rhys Evans crossing for a fine team try. The conversion was kicked successfully by Morris.
Gwernyfed were staying in touch with the Villagers courtesy of scrum half Gerwyn Williams who punished the visitor’s ill-discipline. The first half ended with Dinas Powys passing the ball along the backline from within their own goal area and freeing centre Sonny Driscoll who ran seventy five metres only to be tackled just a few metres short of the line. At half time the score stood at an uncomfortably close 9-10.
The second half saw the home side score two well worked tries, a drop goal and penalty to amass an impressive twenty points. Meanwhile the visitors scored a fine (but solitary) try of their own as Rhys Evans once again showed stunning pace to cross in the corner, and a single penalty courtesy of Morris.
Both the Villagers’ scrum and lineout were fine. Centre Ciaran Driscoll had a strong performance, second row Gareth Williams was immense in all areas, and an inspiring performance by Josh Dunleavy were not enough to counter the effect of penalties conceded that directly led to the home side scoring 16 points.
Coaches John Dunleavy and Luke Gibson will need to regroup the players in preparation for the visit of near neighbours Barry RFC to the Common for an early 1.30 KO on Saturday 10th October.[/mk_icon_box]