Scrum key for vic­tors

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HAV­ING had to wait two weeks to re­deem them­selves after a first league de­feat of the sea­son at Abergele, Llangefni an­swered the doubters in no un­cer­tain man­ner with a 38-7 romp at Machyn­l­leth.

The vic­tory owed a lot to Cefni’s scrum supremacy, with Gareth Paw­son giv­ing his op­po­nent a tor­rid time.

Cefni started con­fi­dently and kept the ball in hand to stretch the Mach de­fence.

They soon bagged their first try when Tom Nam­gauds’ break en­abled him to give Tom Owen the scor­ing pass, Rhys Hughes con­vert­ing.

Vis­it­ing nine Alex Rees-Jones then showed his alert­ness as he set up Hughes for a try via the blind side of a scrum.

Mach’s only try re­sulted from a stray Cefni clear­ance kick, which meant it stood 12-7 at the in­ter­val.

Although Mach started the sec­ond pe­riod with in­creased ur­gency, it was Cefni who scored when Sior Grieves and Ar­ron Evans com­bined well on half­way. This al­lowed Evans to pick a su­perb an­gle to break the de­fen­sive line and race away for the try.

Mark Gray, thank­fully back after in­jury, then got the bonus-point try after a pe­riod of re­lent­less pres­sure.

Soon after the restart came the best try. Greg Hors­man took the ball late at full tilt on the ad­van­tage line to scythe through the de­fence and feed Gray for his brace.

With the last play of the game, the Cefni for­wards showed how to drive an at­tack­ing li­ne­out over the line, sub Mathew Thomas with the touch­down near the cor­ner flag.

This was a con­fi­dent and au­thor­i­ta­tive win based on a dom­i­nant scrum, strong de­fence and good han­dling skills in the backs.

This Satur­day Cefni will look to con­sol­i­date their po­si­tion at the Di­vi­sion Two sum­mit when they take the much shorter jour­ney to lo­cal ri­vals Me­nai Bridge.

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