McGrath boot seals win for Me­nai Bridge

Bangor Mail - - SPORT -

ME­NAI Bridge pro­duced a stun­ning show­ing to hand Pwll­heli sec­onds their first de­feat of the sea­son in Di­vi­sion 3 North.

Bridge claimed a 13-12 win at home over Pwll to re­main top of the ta­ble ahead of Holy­head by virtue of points dif­fer­ence.

In a very tight match both teams strug­gled to score against solid de­fences. It wasn’t un­til the half hour that the first points came to Bridge, Dion McGrath con­vert­ing a penalty. How­ever they were soon pegged by as Pwll full-back Gethin Jones ghosted through the home de­fence for the touch down and Alan Jones con­verted for a half-time 7-3 lead in favour of the vis­i­tors.

Bridge started the sec­ond half with a pur­pose. A se­ries of for­ward charges on the Pwll­heli try line were re­warded with a try for Bridge cap­tain Ol­lie O’Brien, who pow­ered over the line, while McGrath con­verted.

Pwll­heli re­sponded with a sim­i­lar for­ward try, cap­i­tal­is­ing on a close-range line-out fol­lowed by a num­ber of for­ward phases. Pwll­heli No8 Wil Piper crossed the line for his score, the con­ver­sion fall­ing the wrong side of the post.

And that was to prove cru­cial as Bridge would go on to re­gain the lead and seal the win.

First a McGrath penalty from the half­way line fell just short, but the miss spurred the home side on and more at­tack­ing play was re­warded with a fur­ther penalty in the 22 for hands in the ruck – McGrath duly slot­ting the ball over for the vic­tory.

Bridge are now look­ing for­ward to next week’s home game against Rhos.

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