Pwll leave it late to grab vi­tal vic­tory

Caernarfon Herald - - SPORT - Rugby Union

DI­VI­SION One North cham­pi­ons Pwll­heli again dis­played their un­canny abil­ity to snatch vic­tory from the jaws of de­feat when a late Osian Parry Jones penalty se­cured a 20-19 home win over Bala.

The vis­i­tors dom­i­nated much of the first half, tak­ing an early lead with a penalty by fly-half Owain Aled.

Pwll were rocked af­ter 14 min­utes as they lost key back rower Tom Parry with lig­a­ment dam­age and a bro­ken an­kle.

Owain Aled kicked a sec­ond away penalty be­fore Bala struck again on 22 min­utes with a try from No6 Owain Pugh.

Pwll­heli did not want for ef­fort or com­mit­ment, but on 39 min­utes Bala hooker Garin Davies fin­ished off a con­certed at­tack. Cru­cially the con­ver­sion at­tempt again missed. Pwll dug deep and Parry Jones kicked a vi­tal penalty in the last play of the half to make it 16-3.

The home in­ter­val team-talk must have worked as they came out much stronger in the sec­ond pe­riod.

Four­teen min­utes in, af­ter go­ing through 12 phases, space was cre­ated for right wing Parry Jones to crash over and then con­vert.

From the restart Pwll­heli re­asserted pres­sure on the vis­i­tors, who even­tu­ally had a player yel­low-carded.

Af­ter a se­ries of at­tack­ing moves were il­le­gally pre­vented the ref­eree awarded the hosts a penalty try which Parry Jones im­proved to edge them ahead 17-16.

Bala ral­lied and Owain Aled coolly landed a penalty to put them back in front with five min­utes left.Two min­utes be­fore the end the cham­pi­ons pressed Bala into con­ced­ing a penalty which Parry Jones put be­tween the sticks to win it. Pwll­heli sec­onds beat Den­bigh sec­onds 26-5 in Di­vi­sion Three North, while Pwll­heli Youth de­feated Bethesda 27-12.

This Satur­day sees Pwll­heli firsts visit Mold. Team coach leaves the club­house at 11.15am.

● Pwll­heli and Mold meet again this weekenbd

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