Pa­tient Pwll keep fir­ing

Hosts make light work of heavy pitch

Caernarfon Herald - - SPORT -

PWLL­HELI re­main top of the Divi­sion One North stand­ings af­ter claim­ing a 37-8 win over resur­gent Ruthin.

The Lleyn side now turn their at­ten­tion to the first round of the WRU Plate on Satur­day as they travel to lo­cal ri­vals Caernar­fon.

Overnight rain had made the pitch heavy and Pwll­heli strug­gled to gain a foothold.

Ruthin, who claimed a late win over Nant Conwy seven days ear­lier, dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­tory, and from the out­set it was ap­par­ent they would be us­ing their heavy­weight back line to punch holes in the Pwll­heli de­fence.

Ruthin’s fly-half Nathan Jones opened the scor­ing with a penalty af­ter Pwll were caught off­side af­ter just three min­utes.

But Pwll kept their com­po­sure and were soon ahead, home side fly-half John Pugh latch­ing on to a loose pass near half way to out­pace the Ruthin cover and score un­der the posts. Wing Osian Parry Jones added the two points.

The home side pressed their ad­van­tage and when Ruthin were pe­nalised for killing the ball it was Jones who slot­ted over the penalty, and then soon af­ter added a sec­ond con­ver­sion – for­wards and backs com­bin­ing well to make 40 me­tres and send back-row Dafydd An­wyl on the blind of a ruck to slice through to score on 21 min­utes.

Ruthin had edged the scrums in the open­ing quar­ter but as the half pro­gressed Pwll­heli at­tained par­ity and were se­cure on their own ball, al­low­ing their half backs to have more con­trol of the game.

Scrum-half Nick But­ter­worth was able to pin Ruthin back with a se­ries of test­ing kicks and although Ruthin gen­er­ally man­aged the aerial as­sault well it of­ten put them on the back foot. On 28 min­utes Ruthin were again pe­nalised for not re­leas­ing and Parry Jones added the three points with a long-range penalty.

Ruthin be­gan the sec­ond half the same as the first and were im­me­di­ately on the front foot. With only five min­utes played they se­cured clean line out ball to send hooker Daniel Miller crash­ing over for an un­con­verted try.

But Pwll, helped by fresh legs in the for­wards, hit back with an­other Parry Jones penalty on the hour.

Pwll were re­duced to 14-men as one of their sec­ond-rows was sent to the bin, but Ruthin failed to take ad­van­tage and it was the home side who ex­tended their lead, prop and birth­day boy Al­wyn Tren­holme fin­ish­ing off an ef­fec­tive driv­ing maul on 74 min­utes, Parry Jones kick­ing the ex­tras to make the score 30-8.

Pwll were by now very much on top but it took un­til a minute of added time to se­cure the all-im­por­tant try bonus point.

Press­ing Ruthin in their own 22, Pwll­heli kept the ball tight and inched their way to­wards the try line.

The ball was se­cured for re­place­ment sec­ond-row Huw Wil­liams to score the most ac­ro­batic of tries as he soared through and over wouldbe de­fend­ers. Parry Jones’ suc­cess­ful con­ver­sion was the last ac­tion of an ex­cel­lent ad­vert for com­mu­nity rugby.

Pwll­heli sec­onds travel to Shot­ton Steel in the sec­ond round of the Welsh Bowl com­pe­ti­tion hav­ing re­tained their place at the top of Divi­sion Three fol­low­ing a re­sound­ing vic­tory at Ben­l­lech.

● Pwll­heli’s John Pugh went over for his side’s open­ing try against Ruthin

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