Leaders’ support play harsh lesson for battling Cefni
ALTHOUGH Llangefni slumped to a 10th straight league defeat their 52-0 loss at leaders Llandudno was not as emphatic as the scoreline suggests.
Cefni got very close to scoring on a couple of occasions in the first half, and spent a large part of the second period attacking in Tudno territory in this Division One North encounter.
The big difference between the sides was in support play: Tudno really switched on when they found themselves in space whereas Llangefni attacks often fizzled out due to lack of back-up.
After some hesitant Cefni attacks early doors, the hosts showed them the way by first moving the ball left and then quickly back the other way, where Morgan Owen found the outside channel undefended. His try under the posts and Nick Dundee`s extras made it 7-0.
An early visitors incursion into the home 22 was halted when Tudno turned over possession. When Cefni were stripped of the ball near halfway, the home side used the breeze to pen the opposition back into their 22.
Oscar Lennon ran left from a ruck and deftly offloaded to Lloyd Evans who raced in near the corner.
Llangefni’s Dominic Owen was carded for blatant offside leaving the 14-man travellers to defend valiantly for nearly 10 minutes. The pressure finally told and Tudno used their scrum for a pushover try against a seven-man pack, Dundee converting. Llangefni then enjoyed a period of good pressure: Their boiler house of Dominic Owen and Dion Oliver carried powerfully, the latter making one 30-metre burst into the home 22. Greg Horsman then came within 10 metres, but the attack finally petered out when the islanders knocked on in front of the posts five metres out.
Tudno responded with their bonus point try through Dan O`Sullivan and Bob Davies added another, Dundee improving both with the boot to make it 33-0 at the break.
In the second period the breeze helped the visitors spend more time in the Tudno half. They attacked through backs and forwards but did not have the guile to unlock a stubborn home defence.
Llandudno added three more tries via Lloyd Evans, Rhys Henderson (converted) and Bob Davies. Oscar Lennon improved the final try. Steve Lewis
Llangefni seconds lost 8-0 at home to Holyhead in Division Three North.
Cefni will rue missed penalty kicks and being held up over the line on two occasions.
For Holyhead, Endaf Jones notched the game’s only try and Rhodri Parry added a penalty.
A fantastic defensive display from Caergybi sealed the win. The visitors will regret their indiscipline for a second consecutive week, another two yellow cards ensuring they made hard work of the match.
Above and left, action from Llandudno v Llangefni