Me­nai Bridge earn bonus in fi­esty vic­tory

Bangor Mail - - SPORT -

ME­NAI Bridge com­pleted back-to-back home wins as they saw off Rhosllan­er­chru­gog 27-7 in WRU Di­vi­sion Three North.

In atro­cious con­di­tions, Rhos en­joyed the early pos­ses­sion but, on their first foray in at­tack, Bridge man­aged to spread the ball wide and Tom Spence on the wing fin­ished off a good at­tack­ing move with the open­ing try.

Rhos fought back and piled on the pres­sure through their for­wards. They worked their way deep into the home 22 and even­tu­ally the ref­eree tired of Bridge’s ill-dis­ci­pline at the scrum and awarded a penalty try to the trav­ellers.

Me­nai re­sponded and flanker Chris Roberts crashed over from close quar­ters for a 10-7 lead at the half.

The is­lan­ders started the se­cond half with great pur­pose and, af­ter the for­wards won qual­ity pos­ses­sion, the home backs skil­fully moved the ball at pace, open­ing up the Rhos de­fence for a try out wide.

Bridge then bat­tled for their bonus point try, which came thanks to No8 Sam Wil­liams. At a five-me­tre li­ne­out, Rhos fum­bled over their try-line and the ever-alert Wil­liams pounced on the loose ball for the touch­down.

The fi­nal try for Bridge was scored by Lewis Har­ri­son who shred­ded the Rhos de­fence with a thun­der­ing run, mak­ing 30 me­tres and fend­ing off a num­ber of de­fend­ers.

Holy­head lost 7-3 at Din­bych sec­onds in a match where the Holy Is­lan­ders came up against mon­u­men­tal de­fend­ing.

In the first half, when the vis­i­tors played with the ad­van­tage of the slope, the home rear­guard were es­pe­cially awe­some.

De­spite their pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­to­rial dom­i­nance Holy­head did not take the lead un­til the fi­nal minute of the half when stand-off Rho­dri Parry kicked a penalty goal. Lead­ing 3-0 Holy­head con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate but came up against a brick wall as Din­bych de­fended for their lives. Mid­way through the half Din­bych pounced for their vi­tal win­ning score when the for­wards gen­er­ated a driv­ing maul tak­ing play near to the Holy­head line. The ever-alert Llion Ed­wards, play­ing at in­side cen­tre, snatched pos­ses­sion at the back to go over for the try con­verted by skip­per Tom Evans.

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