The meeting between these two sides earlier in the season ended in a 30-all draw, and a further eighty minutes of play could still not separate them.
The ‘Villagers’ will be the happier of the two teams with the draw as they failed to take advantage of the favourable conditions in the first half and played into a strong wind during the second half, spending the majority of this time within their own half – rarely looking like scoring.
However the home side had the elements in their favour during the first half but failed to capitalise upon them. Conversely the ‘Rocks’ dominated the early part of the contest and came close to scoring a try on several occasions with only a crucial final pass going astray. The home side were defending defiantly but a series of penalties, confusingly awarded against an advancing scrum, restricted them to playing within their own twenty two. A quick succession of rolling mauls resulting from numerous line-outs were stoutly defended but the pressure eventually resulted in a try for the visitors who moved the ball swiftly from the maul to the right wing after just ten minutes.
The ‘Villagers’ enjoyed their best period of the game following the restart. The front row of Andrew O’Mallia, Luke Dyer and the redoubtable Caleb Robinson not only dominated the scrummaging contest but carryied the ball with intent in open play. A series of powerful driving lineouts by the home side saw Dyer crash over for the try that levelled the score at 5 all after a quarter of an hour. The remainder of the first half saw the home side play too much rugby in their own half and failing to use the gale on their backs to play in opposition territory. The endeavour and commitment from both sides was huge but on a cold windswept Common there was little attacking rugby to warm the gathered crowd .
At half time both sets of coaches tried to rally their charges but with the ‘Villagers’ playing into the wind, the visitors from Cardiff were firm favourites to win the game as the wind unbelievably seemed to increase in strength and clearing Dinas’ lines was going to prove difficult.
The second half saw no further scores. Dinas enjoyed a lot of possession all-be-it deep in their own half. Skipper Huw Thomas carried the ball numerous times, supported by the wonderful back row of Lewis Dunleavy, Corey Imperatto and the tireless Ryan Shallish.
The visitors threatened but were repelled by the home side who made a few breaks from their own half through centre Bryn Evans and wing Rhys Evans but the dreary contest ended in near darkness with a scoreless second half.
Prior to the game a two minutes silence was observed for Kevin Ryan former player, touch judge and touchline ‘prowling’ supporter who sadly passed away earlier in the week following a short illness. All associated with Dinas Powys RFC extend their sympathies to his family.