Cefni aim­ing to bounce back at Cae Smyrna

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LLANGEFNI RFC will aim to be­gin their 2018-19 Di­vi­sion One North home cam­paign on a win­ning note when they en­ter­tain Bethesda at Cae Smyrna this Satur­day.

Cefni opened the sea­son last week­end with a 28-20 de­feat at Caernar­fon.

It was a very evenly-con­tested match right up to the fi­nal min­utes and, al­though er­ror strewn, both sides con­trib­uted to an open and en­ter­tain­ing game.

The An­gle­sey vis­i­tors led by 20-17 with about 15 min­utes to play, but the hosts fin­ished the stronger and grabbed the points.

Llangefni bagged the first points with a Rhys Hughes penalty af­ter a ruck of­fence.

The Cofis re­sponse was de­ci­sive, winger Dy­lan Gwyn cross­ing wide out on the left for a try con­verted by Dafydd Wil­liams, who soon added a penalty.

Cefni re­sponded well as No8 Ieuan Evans went on a 40-me­tre run into the home 22. A few rucks later he popped up to charge over from close range for a try which Hughes con­verted.

There then fol­lowed a spec­tac­u­lar solo try by No8 Mac Jones, Wil­liams adding the ex­tras to give the hosts a 17-10 lead at the break.

Cefni stretched the home de­fence con­stantly dur­ing the third quar­ter and, af­ter be­ing thwarted on the wide out­side, Ieuan Evans de­cided to take a more di­rect route as he out-sprinted and out-mus­cled the de­fence to score near the posts. Hughes’s boot made it 17-17. The trav­ellers were dom­i­nat­ing at this stage and, af­ter Hughes had made ground up the left flank, debu­tant Ei­fion Roberts pro­duced a 25-me­tre burst up to the 22. Caernar­fon were sanc­tioned at the ruck and Hughes made it 20-17.

The fi­nal quar­ter be­longed to the hosts, as they con­stantly launched their hefty cen­tres down the slope to­wards the home 22.

Poor con­trol at the base of a scrum led Cefni num­ber nine Aled Jones be­ing caught in pos­ses­sion.

A penalty en­sued which was quickly taken by ex­pe­ri­enced scrum-half Gareth Patch­ett, al­low­ing hooker Shaun Owen to crash over wide out on the left. The missed con­ver­sion meant Cefni were still in it at 22-20.

How­ever, two fur­ther Wil­liams penal­ties en­sured the honours went to Caernar­fon.

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