St Albans RFC v Dinas Powis RFC

Details

Date Time League Season
25th April 2015 2:30 PM SWALEC Division 3 East Central A 2014-15

Results

TeamOutcome
St Albans RFCLoss
Dinas Powys RFCBonus Point Win

Match Report

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A win over St Albans puts Dinas in touching distance of the title

A hard won victory away to St Albans at Tremorfa Park saw the ‘Villagers’ of Dinas Powys continued their blistering run of fine form and storm headlong towards the season’s finishing line and (hopefully) promotion to Division 2.

The fourth try and accompanying bonus point took just thirty five minutes to secure against the stubborn opposition. However the visitors were to eventually score a total of eleven tries in an inspiring victory played out on a hard, sun-baked pitch. By contrast the home team’s only points of the game came from an early long range, wind assisted, drop goal – the second to be scored against the ‘Villagers’ in as many weeks.

A blistering start from which there was no return for ‘The Buns’

An enthralling hat-trick by dynamic centre Michael Smith, supplemented by a brace from live-wire scrum-half Nathan Williams and a try from co-centre David Lloyd (three of which were converted by outside half Gavin Cooper) provided a substantial 3-36 lead at the midway point.

The second half saw a further five tries from the irrepressible charges of coaches John Dunleavy and Andy Vesey, elating the travelling supporters who outnumbered the home fans considerably.

Mike Smith scored a further try in the second half to bring his personal points tally to 20. Fellow backs Nathan Williams and Rhys Evans kept the scoreboard ticking over with a try apiece, the latter the result of a breathtaking move that involved the entire team.

However the most outrageous dummy of the day (and possibly the season!) was thrown by replacement prop Lee Imperato who subsequently ran an impressively quick thirty metres for a fine individual try. Replacement centre Dan Evans also crossed the whitewash and further conversions by Cooper took the score to an emphatic 3-69 after sixty five minutes.

St Albans were spirited but were now no longer capable of providing further resistance and, in the spirit of rugby football, the Dinas coach Dunleavy advised the referee to bring the contest to an end.

Entertaining, enthralling and a joy to watch

The ‘Villagers’ played superb rugby; both forwards and backs contributing equally to a fine team performance.

The power of the scrum provided by the front row forwards Andrew O’Malia, Ryan Shallish, Caleb Robinson and replacement Lee Imperato, coupled with stunning lineout work from second row Gareth Williams and the destructive tackling of Lewys John, Corey Imperatto, not to mention the outstanding Lewis Dunleavy, provided quality ball for the three-quarters to run havoc. Captain Josh Dunleavy at eight proved a formidable ball carrier against dogged defenders but on a day of several fine performances amongst the forwards, the outstanding performer was bulky second row Huw Thomas who carried the ball into contact and offloaded with aplomb in addition to his outstanding work in the tight.

On the Wednesday 6th May the ‘Villagers’ compete for the Worthington East District Cup against division two opponents St Peters at the Memorial Ground, Ely (home of Glamorgan Wanderers RFC) KO 19:00.

This is followed by the climax of a memorable season on Saturday 9th May. With just the single league fixture remaining, the ‘Villagers’ will be looking to secure their first league title for many seasons against Llandaff North RFC in front of a faithful crowd on the Common – KO 14:30.

Their destiny is in their control. Will they lift the title? We’ll have to wait and see.

Support Dinas Powis RFC

Dinas Powis RFC are pleased to announce that they are currently accepting applications for six new Vice Presidents to celebrate a successful 2014/15 season.

If you are interested in supporting Dinas either as a Vice President, Sponsor or volunteer then we would be pleased to hear from you. All enquiries in the first instance should be made via email to info@dinaspowisrfc.co.uk.

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Venue

Tremorfa Park
2 Handley Road, Cardiff, Cardiff CF24, UK

Match Stats

Past Meetings

SWALEC Division 3 East Central A 2014-15

Dinas Powys RFC
St Albans RFC
34 - 3
Final Score
The Common
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