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YS­GOL Bro Dinefwr de­feated Cwm Rhymni 28-15 in the Na­tional Fi­nal of the Welsh Schools Rugby Union Plate at the Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium.

This was the first time in the school’s his­tory that the first XV had reached a na­tional fi­nal and they marked the oc­ca­sion by scor­ing four mag­nif­i­cent tries in a bril­liant vic­tory.

Dinefwr had beaten Bryntawe, Gow­er­ton, Dyf­fryn Taf and Olchfa in their march to the fi­nal and ran out at Cardiff with con­fi­dence high.

They scored an early try in the open­ing min­utes from a driv­ing li­ne­out, man of the match Ben Evans bur­row­ing over the line. After a pos­i­tive start Dinefwr had to with­stand a lot of pres­sure from Cwm Rhymni and went into the break 10-7 down.

But they ral­lied to score three tries in the sec­ond half.

The first try in the sec­ond pe­riod was scored by cen­tre Oliver Clev­erly, who rounded the de­fence and scorched over from 35 me­tres.

The next try was scored by No. 8 Owen Hall as he gath­ered an off­load from cap­tain Gruff Thomas and dived over the line. Dinefwr had to wait un­til the fi­nal play of the match to score their fi­nal try, scored by tow­er­ing Cal­lan Davies as he fin­ished off an ex­cel­lent team move. All four tries were con­verted by Oliver Weed.

WRU rugby hub of­fi­cer To­mas Marks said: “For me as a coach, this team demon­strates the im­por­tance of giv­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and more time for players to de­velop.

“Over half the squad did not rep­re­sent the dis­trict or the Scar­lets in their lower years of school but they fin­ish their school rugby ca­reers as na­tional win­ners and have left a last­ing legacy at Ys­gol Bro Dinefwr.”

Team: O. MacKen­zie; J. Watkins, O. Clev­erly, B. Mor­gan, J. Doel; O. Weed, G. Thomas (capt); K. Davies, T. Pritchard, B. Fish, P. Lawlor, C. Davies, B. Evans, O. Hall, J. Beech.

Reps: S. Vale, D. Mem­bury, G. Che­ley, D. Roberts, H. Beynon, J. Beynon, O. Phillips, J. Davies, O. Ni­cholas, R. Thomas, L. Mor­gan, L. Wil­liams.

Ys­gol Bro Dinefwr cel­e­brate their win at the Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium. Pic­ture: Gruffydd Thomas

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