The weather at the beginning of the week had placed this fixture in jeopardy. As those with any knowledge of Bryn-y-Don and the immediate area will know, it is occasionally more akin to wetland trust than a sporting facility!
However nature was kind and the match got underway on a playable, if very soggy, pitch.
From the outset the home team dominated the breakdown, clearing out the opposition with ruthless efficiency and determination. Veteran scrum half Craig Driscoll (also the First Team Manager) dispatched the ball with skill and accuracy, allowing the backs time to weave their way mesmerizingly through Llandaff’s defensive line.
With both territory and possession it wasn’t long before winger James Smith crossed the whitewash for the Dingo’s first try. Further tries by Mark Good and flanker Morgan Williams (who ran in under the posts from within the Dingo’s own half) were converted by Rhys Williams and at half time the score stood at 19 – 0 to the home team.
The second half continued much as the first had finished. The Dingo’s continued superiority up front was a back’s dream however the already slippery surface, combined with the rain that had begun to fall, meant that a number of scoring opportunities went begging as the ball slipped from the grasp of numerous players.
Despite the worsening conditions the home team were to score a further twenty five unanswered points in the second half. These came courtesy of four tries by Rhys Williams, Lewis Christopher (converted by Williams), captain Nick Vagges and a second for James Smith, together with a penalty (also by Williams).
The official blew his whistle to bring the match to an end and the Dingo’s had finished clear winners with a final score of 44 – 0.
They now progress to the quarter finals of the Mallet Cup where they will encounter Rhiwbina RFC 2nds at home on Tuesday 7th April.
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This storming run deserved to be rewarded with a try but alas an infringement by the opposition prevented the five points.
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