The Villagers of Dinas Powys gained a comfortable away win at Pontyclun outscoring their hosts by five tries to two and thereby gaining maximum league points. Dinas dominated possession and territory, but a brave and plucky home side defended with great commitment, forcing the visitors to squander several try scoring opportunities.
The first quarter of the contest was an uninspiring affair during which the visitors opened the scoring with a penalty, which was almost immediately negated by the home side who with a penalty of their own.
Right wing Rhys Evans was the first to cross the whitewash. A crunching tackle by outside half Gavin Cooper dislodged the ball from the grip of his bulky opposite number and recovered by the Villagers. An exquisite pass by centre Ciaran Driscoll freed Evans to cross for the first of his two tries . The conversion by centre John Morris was successful and the Villagers lead was extended to seven points. However the passage of play had come at a cost as Cooper limped off the field with a torn hamstring adding to the Villagers’ substantial injury list.
Coaches John Dunleavy and Luke Gibson encourage the players to play expansive rugby, with both belief and confidence. Their second try started from the base of a scrum deep within their own half. A series of clever fly hacks by Driscoll and left wing Dan Evans presented the chance for scrum half Nathan Williams to cross for a try from the back of a powerful maul.
The final action of the first half saw Pontyclun score a try via a rolling maul of their own which rumbled over the Villagers’ try line. Consequently Dinas Powis led their hosts 8-15 at half time.
Following the half time team talk the visitors seemed to play with an increased temp, aiming in the first instance to secure the win before challenging for the all important bonus point which will no doubt be essential for league success. The ball was moved smoothly from side to side; powerful counter rucking ensuring possession was retained. A surging burst by captain Huw Thomas allowed Morris (now at fly half) to free full back Sam Middlemiss who rounded off a fine team try. The Villagers were rampant. Flankers Lewis Dunleavy and Ryan Shallish were foraging like demented moles and winning superb turnover ball for their appreciative three-quarters. As the hour mark approached superb centre Ciaran Driscoll crossed unopposed for the crucial fourth try to extend the lead to 8-27.
However Pontyclun were not about to roll over and the proud home side saw their right wing Sam Davies cross for their second try of the afternoon.
The Dinas pack was now totally dominant. Lewis Dunleavy competed avidly at the line-out and at the scrum. It was from a scrum, won against the head, that Morris broke the defensive line of Pontyclun, allowing the supporting Rhys Evans to score the final try of the afternoon which Morris converted to bring the final score to 17-34.