WRU NA­TIONAL PLATE ROUND ONE

Cynon Valley - - RUGBY UNION -

DOWLAIS just about over­came this di­if­fi­cult away cup match against a very com­mit­ted home side who were cer­tainly up for a cup up­set.

Dowlais started the game at a rate of knots and were re­warded by an ex­el­lent team try by pacey wing Cameron Trow­bridge with all the backs in­volved.

The home side made a rapid re­sponse when their No 10 found him­self in acres of space and eas­ily crossed un­der the post, and he added the two points. They then took the lead when the No 10 added a penalty.

Dowlais were mak­ing heavy weather of con­trol­ling the game. Cap­tain Daniel Snape led by ex­am­ple and from their own 22 he broke free and link­ing with wing Daniel But­ler who found Dar­ryl Jenk­ins on his shoul­der and the scrum half out paced the cover to score a great try.

With half-time ap­proach­ing Dowlais turned down a chance of three points and the lead and opted to go for a li­ne­out which they lost, the three points would have been eas­ier.

The sec­ond half saw Dowlais take con­trol and the frus­tra­tion by Senghenydd came to the fore when their No 8 was shown a red card for punch­ing.

Dowlais took ad­van­tage when from a 5m scrum they drove the home pack over the line and Dan Snape touched down for the try and the lead. In­dis­ci­pline saw the home pack lose their prop for an­other mo­ment of mad­ness, and they paid the penalty when a sweep­ing move­ment by Dowlais saw Daniel But­ler take a dif­fi­cult pass to cross in the cor­ner, and put the game out of reach of Senghenydd.

Dowlais have a tough en­counter on Satur­day when they visit high fly­ing Pe­nallta.

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