Fixture

Caernarfon RFC | 1st Team 5 - 45 Pwllheli RFC | 1st Team
Gareth Williams
1 Try
Nicholas J. Butterworth
4 Try
Huw Owen Williams
1 Try
Osian Jones
6 Conversion
1 Penalty

Match Report
10 October 2017 / Team News

Caernarfon 5 - Pwllheli 45

 

Caernarfon found the going tough against a well drilled and competent Pwllheli outfit. in this Swalec Cup first round encounter.

However they defended resolutely  for the first twenty five minutes only trailing by three points to an Osian Parry Jones penalty.  Facing mounting pressure, the first try materialised from a lineout take and drive with impressive Huw Williams  surfacing with ball in hand and Osian Parry Jones adding the extras.

Caernarfon had few sorties into Pwllheli territory with wing Dylan Gwyn showing a desire and hunger before being forced to leave the field due to injury. Pwllheli meanwhile were retaining possession well and constantly crossing the gain line. One such phase brought Pwllheli close to the try line and when it was expected that the ball would be spread wide, Nick Butterworth decided to take on the defence and squeezed through to open his four try salvo. Parry Jones again slotted the conversion as he did on the stroke of halftime when a scrum surge tied in the defence long enough for Nick Butterworth to pick up and charge over.

Injuries and a sin binning weakened Caernarfon's resistance and Pwllheli took full advantage. Crisp interlinking between Deio Brunelli and Butterworth within the tram lines brought the latter his hat trick of tries within two minutes of the restart with Parry Jones again adding the conversion. Minutes later the same scoring combination took Pwllheli thirty eight points clear with Butterworth taking a quick tap penalty and charging through to score his fourth of the afternoon.

Pwllheli completed their scoring mid way through the half with an impressive team try. Good ball retention and recycling brought the Llŷn outfit to the danger zone and when the ball was spread wide centre Gareth Williams was at hand to provide the extra man and score out wide. Osian Parry Jones kept up his impressive kicking display by adding yet another conversion.

Caernarfon came to life for the final twenty minutes and posed far more of a threat than previously. The forwards gelled and drove with purpose and finally gave the home supporters something to cheer about when following a series of surges, replacement prop Darren Jones crossed the whitewash amongst the melee of players with five minutes left to play.

 

 
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