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YNYSYBWL .................. 21 DOWLAIS ..................... 29

DOWLAIS strarted this game in great style and with their pack dom­i­nant were quickly two tries up in 10 min­utes.

The first try came when the Dowlais pack shunted the Bwl eight over their line al­low­ing cap­tain Dan Snape to touch down, Steve James adding the con­ver­sion.

The sec­ond try was much the same with the home pack go­ing back­wards at a rate of nots, and this time scrum half Dar­ryl Jenk­ins touched down, and Steve James added the ex­tras.

If Dowlais thought this was go­ing to be a cake walk Ynysybwl had other thoughts.

Re­al­is­ing they were los­ing the bat­tle up front, they launched their ac­com­plished back line who swept up field to score a tremen­dous con­verted try.

Dowlais then matched them with a gem of a try, run­ning from their own half with ev­ery back in­volved, and Kris­tian Owen touch­ing down un­der the sticks, for an easy two points for Steve James.

It then looked as if Dowlais would ob­tain a try bonus point be­fore half-time, but the Bwl are made of sterner stuff, and back they came with an­other good try to make it 21-14 to Dowlais at half­time.

With the Dowlais pack dom­i­nant and the home side run­ning out of props, it came down to the dreaded pas­sive scrums which al­lowed the home side to take ad­van­tage, and with their out­side half Mack­in­tosh pulling the strings and con­trol­ling the game and threat­ing the Dowlais line with ev­ery at­tack.

It was only a brave Dowlais de­fence which kept them out with man of the match Adam Cullen tack­ling ev­ery thing that moved in an Ynysybwl shirt.

A Steve James penalty moved Dowlais to more than one score in front, which proved to be im­por­tant.

The home side was now chas­ing the game and they scored their third con­verted try to put them within touch­ing dis­tance of Dowlais.

With time run­ning out Dowlais laid seige to the home line to try and score that all-im­por­tant fourth try. The Bwl were now hang­ing on, and their hooker did not help things when the red mist came down and he punched his op­po­site num­ber, with the ref­eree show­ing him the red card.

It was now wave af­ter wave of Dowlais at­tacks against a de­ter­mined home de­fence who re­pulsed ev­ery Dowlais ef­fort.

With the last play of the game Dowlais switched their at­tack to the right and with su­perb han­dling al­low­ing right wing Daniel But­ler to use his speed and out­pace the re­treat­ing de­fence and score that all-im­por­tant fourth try.

In the last sec­ond of the game, which was a long wait af­ter their third try, but all credit to Ynysybwl for tak­ing Dowlais to the wire in a very en­ter­taing game.

The next home game will be Bryn­mawr on De­cem­ber 30, KO 2.30pm.

Ev­ery­one at Dowlais RFC wish all play­ers, sup­port­ers, mem­bers and sponsors com­pli­ments of the sea­son.

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