Dinas lose by the narrowest of margins to unbeaten league leaders Porth Quins
The ‘Villagers’ of Dinas Powis RFC lost away to unbeaten Porth Quins due to a dubious last minute penalty.
In a thrilling contest where the lead changed hands on ten occasions. Dinas were extremely unlucky to lose through the final kick of the game. The official appeared to have missed a knock on by the home team just feet away from him and instead penalised Dinas for an infringment at the resulting breakdown.
Another gutsy performance from the youthful Dinas team
An injury ravaged Dinas side who were missing five experienced first choice players met the challenge of Porth head on, with the less experienced youngsters filling the boots of those missing with great aplomb.
The first half saw the away team take an early lead through a successful penalty taken by Ben White. However the advantage was to be shortlived as the home side responded with a rolling maul which resulted in game’s only converted try. In a match that was to be tit-for-tat throughout, the ‘Villagers’ struck back almost immediatey as the home side conceded a penalty from the restart and after ten minutes the home side led by 7-6.
After this initial burst of points there was to be no further scoring during the first half. The youthful Dinas pack rose to the challenge and by the end of the fist forty minutes had gained the upper hand against their experienced opponents. Dinas were unlucky not to lead at half time as a further penalty attempt by White struck the upright.
The visitors regained the lead within of two minutes of the restart, and this was to be the pattern of the second half as the lead changed hand on eight occasions. The magnificent front row of Caleb “Chubs” Robinson, Luke Dyer and Andrew O’ Malia were destroying the opposition front row and the home team looked bemused as the baby faced trio, with a combined age of only 64 years, took control of the contest.
Passionate defending by both sides meant no further tries but this was a quality contest between two determined teams. Powerful bursts by flanker Corey Imperatto and centre Sonny Driscoll were stopped by desperate home defenders as the Dinas side pounded the home tryline.
The visiting supporters thought victory had been assured as White converted his sixth penalty of the afternoon with only two minutes of play remaining, however the fates were against them as Porth gained victory with the final kick of the contest.
Coaches John Dunleavy and Luke Gibbson will hope that this fine performance will provide the platform to build on for the remainder of the season.