Bro in a power show to join the last eight
BRO Ffestiniog RFC deservedly progressed to the quarter-finals of the Conwy Land Rover North Wales Senior Cup with a 24-0 victory over Dolgellau in an all-Division One North clash.
The Quarrymen dominated the tie, with their forwards in rampant form, not allowing a very committed and hardworking Dolgellau side any form of platform to work from and bossing the loose, the breakdown and the contact area.
Despite a bright opening by the visitors, Bro went ahead after five minutes.
A lineout drive from five metres out saw No8 Dewi James cross for their first score.
Ten minutes later, Bro capitalised on a misunderstanding from the base of a Dolgellau scrum, and flanker Llion Kerry went over under the posts.
Wing Gareth Davies converted to give the hosts a 12-0 cushion.
Dolgellau’s young side were up for the tough battle.
Flanker Dafydd George was prominent both in defence and attack, but they could not contain the home eight.
A chip ahead by Bro scrum half Aron Roberts saw wing Ian Roberts gather and sprint over to put the hosts 17-0 ahead after 25 minutes. And that is how the half ended. When Bro second row Ewart Williams crossed under the posts three minutes into the second half, a try that was converted by Gareth Davies, it looked ominous for the visitors as they now trailed 24-0.
However, there was no further score, as the visitors scrapped for every ball.
They managed to make in-roads on a number of occasions, only for the home side to win turn-overs at critical times and break out again with some neat interpassing.
The visitors defended heroically throughout the half to prevent any further Bro score from a number of these counter attacks.
Bro second row Dylan Daniels was awarded the Conwy Land Rover Man of The Match accolade.
This Saturday sees Ffestiniog return to league action when they visit Mold in Division One North.
Elsewhere, Caernarfon entertain Llandudno, while in round three of the WRU National Plate, Pwllheli make the trip to Maesteg Celtic, leaders of Division Two West Central.