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Caernarfon RFC | 1st Team 24 - 20 Llandudno RFC | 1st Team

Match Report
29 April 2018 / Team News

Caernarfon 24 - Llandudno 20

 

It would appear that apart from the top three teams in Division 1 North the following group of seven are very much on a par as this encounter most certainly proved.

Caernarfon, eight points adrift at the midway point, facing the slope and having very few 50/50 decisions going in their favour succeeded to surprise their most ardent  supporters and most certainly the whole Llandudno contingent by rallying courageously to score four unanswered tries and then hold on for the final twenty minutes to gain a fully deserved victory.

The Cofis attempted to exert pressure from the off with wing Dylan Gwyn going close following one touch line run, soon accompanied by a charge down that Tudno did well to repel. Prop Rhobat John also carved an opening that could have resulted in points had the final pass been more assured.

After the opening ten minutes Llandudno themselves  began to retain possession more effectively with their heavier forwards setting a good attacking platform. The pressure led to an offside call that saw scrum half Byron Davies dispatch confidently from the tee to open the scoring.

Caernarfon youngsters Owain Williams and Sion Owen contributed effectively and stand off Carwyn Roberts gained good distance with numerous touch finders, however the Tudno defence appeared to be coping more than admirably with any threat and on the half hour mark extended their lead following a driving lineout move that saw flanker Alan Davies shielded until he crossed the whitewash.

The Cofis tried desperately to record points during the first forty and it appeared to be on the cards when Iolo Hughes broke free with only the full back to beat, however the final pass faltered and it therefore appeared that the Cofis would be faced with an uphill challenge during the second half.

Llandudno consolidated their period of supremacy when good inter passing on the blind side saw prop Lewis Jones at hand to take the final pass and crash over after four minutes of the restart.

The notion that a lead of less than two scores is often insufficient, bore fruit here, Caernarfon, with nothing to lose, began to throw the ball around freely and felt aggrieved that a hack on and consequent grounding was not granted. However the adventurous approach was maintained and soon the inclusion of fullback Dom Yau in the three quarter line caused enough confusion allowing him to drift through unchallenged to score and add the accompanying conversion.

With fifty five minutes played, Dom Yau struck again, when a basic move from a lineout saw him lurking in midfield and when the onrushing defence went for the interception that didn't materialise, Yau again cantered in from twenty meters and coolly added the conversion.

Llandudno appeared baffled by the reversal of fortunes and before they could regroup the Cofis had maintained pressure with a chip through from Carwyn Roberts seeing Dylan Gwyn out sprint the defence to score out wide. The six point advantage soon became eleven when a sequence of excellent passing freed captain Iolo Hughes, who's chosen option of chipping over the last man worked a treat as he was then able to win the chase to score the bonus point try.

Caernarfon still had seventeen minutes to defend their lead and Tudno were close to replying almost immediately, only for Hughes's timely intervention. A sweet break by scrum half Byron Davies nearly brought reward but the final pass went astray. Soon second row Aled Meredith was only halted inches short and flanker Bobby Davies was another who ensured that the Cofis had to tackle tenaciously to the very end.

In the knowledge that the final play was imminent Caernarfon could afford to relax a little with Llandudno fighting to the very end and gaining a deserved bonus point following the endeavours of scrum half Byron Davies who wriggled over from close range and then converted his own effort as the final play.

Both league fixtures played between the two sides recently have been close affairs, but there remains what will hopefully be another fairly tasty encounter in the Plate final at Nant Conwy in a fortnight's time.

 
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