Cefni aiming to bounce back at Cae Smyrna
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.