Hat-trick hero Gwyn leads Cofis’ charge

Caernarfon Herald - - SPORT -

CAERNAR­FON Rugby Club recorded their most em­phatic win of the sea­son with a 34-10 ver­dict over vis­i­tors Mold In Di­vi­sion One North last Satur­day.

Their first try stemmed from a quick ball be­ing col­lected by No8 Mac Jones, who drew the cover on the blind­side be­fore feed­ing winger To­mos Huw. He in turn found scrum-half Gareth Patch­ett, who dot­ted down for a very well-worked try in the cor­ner.

The lead was ex­tended when Mac Jones once again went on a charge from halfway, stand-off Car­wyn Roberts main­tained the mo­men­tum and hav­ing sold a few dum­mies found flanker Sion Roberts on his in­side.

Roberts ex­tended his stride and evaded the des­per­ate ef­forts to halt his progress to score close to the posts. Aled Jones added the con­ver­sion.

Mold came back strongly for the fi­nal 15 min­utes of the half. Prop Ethan Roberts got to the try-line but suc­cess­ful ground­ing was pre­vented and, soon af­ter­wards, a de­ter­mined charge by wing Tom Davies looked as if it had re­sulted in a score against the up­right, but to no avail. Such tiny mar­gins could have changed the com­plex­ion of the game en­tirely.

How­ever, for­tune favoured Mold at the be­gin­ning of the sec­ond pe­riod, with cen­tre Jack Pear­son back­ing him­self after break­ing clear from some 35 me­tres to score a fine in­di­vid­ual try.

The Cofis should have re­sponded im­me­di­ately when an over­lap was cre­ated but full-back Mor­gan John­son in­ter­cepted the fi­nal pass.

Caernar­fon be­gan to dom­i­nate pos­ses­sion and had the slope and wind at their dis­posal. An­other Mac Jones and Patch­ett link fi­nally re­leased wing Dy­lan Gwyn to score out wide. Al­though the con­ver­sion was missed, Aled Jones quickly made amends with a penalty to en­sure a healthy lead of 20-5.

The Cofis struck again when ex­cel­lent in­ter­play in­clud­ing Roberts, Ar­mando Mor­gan and Mike Downey con­cluded with Dy­lan Gwyn again RICHARD BIRCH scor­ing and Jones ad­ding the ex­tras.

With time run­ning out, an­other Dy­lan Gwyn break nearly led to a try for re­place­ment Der­fel Thomas.

Nonethe­less, they camped in the dan­ger zone and, when Downey was held up short, crisp han­dling, in­clud­ing a through-the-legs pass by hooker Shaun Owen, gave Dy­lan Gwyn a free run in to the cor­ner to record his hat­trick. Jones again con­verted.

Al­though beaten, Mold per­sisted and were fi­nally able to cap­i­talise on a Cofi er­ror to main­tain pres­sure and get their just re­ward when Matt Liver­sage pow­ered over in the cor­ner.

Caernar­fon are home again this Satur­day to Bethesda (2.30pm).

TRY.. Caernar­fon’s Gareth Patch­ett dives over the line to score against Mold and, in­set, Dy­lan Gwyn races past Mold tack­les to score in the cor­ner

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