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Close The opening day of the season saw the Villagers from Dinas Powys travel to Penygraig in the Rhondda Valley with the players, committee and supporters alike keen to maintain last season’s superb away record.
After an intense opening fifteen minutes inside the Dinas half no points were conceded. With stout defence from Lui Morgan and Gaz Williams the Villagers were finally able to get out of their own half and start pressurising the home defence. With ball in hand the Dinas back line always looked threatening with James Smith and James Wiltshire causing the home team problems out wide.
A loose kick from Penygraig was charged down resulting in a swift counterattack from the halfway line and an infringement by the defending players led to Dinas being awarded a penalty and the opportunity to put the first points on the board fell to Lui Morgan. Unfortunately the kick edged just wide of the posts, however the resultant 22 dropout was put out on the full. Opting for the resulting scrum, Dinas attacked down the blind side through James Wiltshire. The ensuing line out, five metres from the Penygraig line, provided a platform from which the villagers looked capable of scoring. With the forwards driving off a front of the line clean quick ball allowed the pass to James Wiltshire. A clever dummy run from Mark Goode allowed James to score under the posts. The conversion was dispatched with ease by Lui Morgan and the Villagers led 7-0.
With a breakdown fumbled from the restart, Morgan Williams was adjudged to have infringed play and received a harsh yellow card. Penygraig opted to kick the penalty to touch. Having successfully won the line-out the home team showed quick hands between forwards and backs who combined well to present a significant attacking threat but play came to a halt when centre Mark Goode was deemed to have made a late tackle. The Penygraig 10 stepped up to dispatch the penalty kick but was unsuccessful in his attempt. With the Villagers again under pressure in their own 22 a thumping tackle by captain David Lloyd led to Mike Smith pouncing on the ball and breaking through the Penygraig line and into the oppositions last 40 metres. Mike was tracked back by the defending player who managed to snare him and a ruck ensued. Support from the away team arrived swiftly and the ball was soon back in the hands of a Smith, James Smith, who dummied a pass creating a gap through which he darted to score the villagers second try of the game. The resulting conversion was narrowly missed and Dinas were now leading 12-0.
From the restart the ball was recycled well by the Penygraig players only for their 10 to make, what can only be considered, a comical drop goal attempt which ended up nowhere near the posts. With a breakout from Dinas and neat kick by Lui Morgan, the Villagers were again applying pressure in the Penygraig half. After some moments of madness between the opposing players the referee brought the first half to a close with Dinas leading 12-0.
The second half began with a high ball which was secured by ever reliable James Walters who deftly passed it to David Lloyd who kicked for territory pinning the home team in their corner. A huge attacking effort by the forwards of Dinas lead to referee awarding the visitors another penalty, this time in the opposite corner. After an excellent tackle by Ryan Shallish a small scuffle broke out between the two sets of players. Having deemed the tackle to be dangerous the official awarded a ‘pressure relieving’ penalty to Penygraig. The kick into the Dinas 22 was followed by a strong drive. Only another superb tackle by Ryan, who was excellent on the day and seemed to be everywhere on the pitch, prevented the home team scoring their first points of the season.
More exceptional defence from Dinas led to a series of five metre scrums which eventually led to a clearance kick from John Evans who looked comfortable at full back all afternoon. After another 5 minutes stalemate ensued setting the tone for the remainder of the second half. A long range kick by the opposition went over the dead ball line as they attempted to gain vital field position resulting in a scrum on the half way line for Dinas. What followed would have been more appropriate on centre court at Wimbledon as both sides struggled in an effort to win the territorial battle. During the foray back and forth a committed tackle outside the Dinas 22 led to a Nick Vagges colliding with a fellow team mate. Both sustained injuries, with the former having to leave the field of play with a broken nose. Such was Nick's desire to ensure the win that only the stern words of physio Jess Smith convinced him to remain on the touch line.
With everyone’s spirits raised the team’s effort levels increased and with Penygraig in the Dinas 22 the defence still had a lot of work to do. With an overlap for Penygraig a try looked certain. However the never surrender mentality of this youthful team were opitamised by the heroics of captain Dave Lloyd who could be seen scrambling into the corner in time to disposess the Penygraig winger. In the dying moments of the game the referee awarded the home team with a penalty for offside in the midfield which Penygraig took quickly. Looking to salvage something from the game the Penygraig winger looked to go over in the corner and it seemed like he would only to be thwarted by another superb defensive effort, this time by James Wiltshire in a move reminiscent of that a few moments earlier. As the ball cruised into touch the official brought the game to a close with Dinas coming out on top by 12-0.
Dinas’ defensive display had been exceptional all afternoon and every player had given one hundred percent until the final whistle. There were many stand out players but man of the match was Ryan Shallish who was excellent all afternoon and was key at the breakdown for the Villagers who now go onto to play Ferndale away on the 14th Sept.
Close As Dinas set off on the hour long journey to hosts Ferndale memories of the same fixture last season came flooding back, both players and coaches reflecting on a game that had to be cut short due to monsoon like conditions. However there was to be divine intervention this year as the last of the summer sun shone down over the Rhondda valley ground.
The home team started brightly from the off. With good forward play they progressed confidently towards the Villager’s line. Poor defensive play by the visitors led to the hosts scoring the first try under the post and, with the successful conversion, Ferndale led 7-0 within the first 6 minutes.
A rallying call from head coach Andy Vesey soon had the Dinas players focused on the task in hand and from this point forward they took control of the fixture.
The reply from Dinas was swift. A clean strike at the scrum allowed scrum half Lui Morgan to quickly release the dynamic back line. James Smith cut a great angle to open up the Ferndale defence, evading the tackles of four home players during his 22 metre sprint to the line. With a difficult conversion missed Dinas were back in the game. However just minutes later the home team had the opportunity to enhance their lead by 3 points but the penalty attempt was wide.
What followed can only be described as a scintillating movement that involved both forwards and backs. A lineout on the Villager’s ten meter line was secured cleanly allowing Lui Morgan to cross the gain line and enter the opponents half. Sustained pressure at the ensuing rucks forced a penalty from Ferndale which was taken quickly by Lui who made valuable yards. The ball moved through speedy hands forcing the home team to scramble across the field in a desperate defensive effort. A well timed off load to captain Dai Lloyd kept up the momentum as he in turn despatched the ball to Gaz Williams who had a relatively easy run in under the posts. The simple conversion successful and Dinas led the match by 7-12 with a little under a quarter of the match played.
With their tails up the Villager’s took the game by the scruff of the neck and a third try came just ten minutes later. Some excellent work by Lui Morgan disrupted his opposite number as he tried a pass from the base of the scrum and the Ferndale number 10, under pressure, sliced his clearing kick into touch at the 22. Despite winning the ball the referee blew for an infringement as the Dinas rolling mall looked to be heading towards the try line. The attempted clearance by Ferndale failed to make touch and was collected by Sam Alderman. After numerous phases of play and determined work at the breakdown by the powerful Dinas forwards the ball ended up in the hands of Jon Evans who deftly beat two defending players to run in under the posts, the conversion all but a formality and Dinas stretched their lead to 7-19.
The Villager’s were now firmly in control and the fourth try came within minutes of the restart. Luke Dyer made his substantial presence felt as he powered his way through the defending players before making an offload that would have been more akin to that of a back put Mike Smith in under the posts for his first points of the afternoon and securing the all important bonus point before the end of the first half. Another easy conversion despatched by the dependable Lui and the Dinas were steaming ahead 7-26.
Confidence was now oozing from the visitors as they continued to build momentum and just three minutes later Jon Evans was crossing under the posts for his second of the day presenting Lui with yet another easy opportunity to stretch the score by another two points to 7-33. The game was turning into a rout and the Villager’s were merciless in their pursuit of points. Last week’s man of the match Ryan Shallish continued his rich vein of form. Indeed it appeared at times that he’d managed to clone himself such was his involvement in the game and his participation at the breakdown all over the field. It was an excellent move and off load by Ryan that handed Mike Smith his second score of the day and with another good conversion the half time score was to be 7-40.
With no changes at half time head coach Andy Vesey’s charges looked to extend their lead against the hosts. Ferndale frequently tried to launch their attacks down the blind side but the Dinas players were putting in another excellent defensive performance. A turnover from Dyer allowed the Villagers to counter-attack from deep. A superlative run by Mike Smith from a full 60 yards earned him a hat trick under the posts in what was to be Mike’s last action as he left the field to make way for Mark Goode, having contributed significantly to the healthy score line of 7-47.
Despite the huge deficit Ferndale to their immense credit continued to compete and forced Dinas back into their own half with a good period of controlled forward play. However there was to be no reward for their efforts as Dinas regained control. The forwards of were having a blinding game and the powerful pack pushed Ferndale off the ball at the scrum. Gaz Williams scooped up the ball and charged onwards supported by Jon Evans and Ryan Shallish, the ball finally ending up in the hands of James Smith (again). This move was to provide a comical moment in the game as James was almost prevented from scoring, not by a member of the opposition, but by Jon Evans, who in his eagerness to provide support somehow managed to make contact with his team mates legs causing James to stumble over the line. The score was now 7-54.
The result was beyond doubt and only the final score was open for debate. With the Villager’s in the driving seat, Vesey took the opportunity to make several changes. Off came Lui Morgan to be replaced by Kieran Spear and Kyle Foate taking the place of Owen Stark in the second row.
As a proud father Tony Smith watched on son James proceeded to score a further three tries! Morgan Williams turned the ball over to put him in the corner for the third (conversion missed by Nick Coles), Mark Goode broke and passed to him for the fourth and the final score for both James and the Villagers was courtesy of a Gaz Williams weaving run, quick hands through the backs and the ball eventually landed in the hands of James.
As has been mentioned previously Ferndale continued to challenge in all aspect of the game and they were finally rewarded for their determination and resilience when the final move of the game led to a well worked try in the corner. Although the conversion was from an acute angle the kick was superb and sailed through the uprights. The final score Ferndale 14 – Dinas Powis 71.
The match had been a sensational display of open, fast paced rugby with excellent hands from each and every player to take to the field. However a special note must be made of the contribution of the brothers Smith who between them had a points haul of 40 points.
The Villagers are on the road once again next week as they travel to Ogmore Vale, a venue which saw the team from the Vale pushed all the way to the final whistle last season.
Match report : Simon Wilton and Mark Harris
|21.09.2013||Ogmore Vale||16||34||Dinas Powis||View|
Close As the coach left Dinas Powys for Ogmore Vale RFC the damp weather that had been present throughout the morning had begun to clear with a relatively clear sky visible over the Severn Estuary. Ogmore Vale had been the Villagers first fixture the previous season and they had proven to be a well drilled and formidable team. Indeed the result had gone right down to the final whistle with Dinas walking away victors by only 5 points and nobody on the coach dared think it would be any easier this year.
Unfortunately the damp weather was persistent in the picturesque Ogmore valley with a moderate drizzle shrouding the tops of the trees in mist and it was evident from early on that the inclement conditions would play their part in determining the outcome of the game.
Dinas started brightly playing the ball in the expansive and adventurous style that we have come to know and admire over the past few seasons. Within minutes winger Mark Goode's direct and powerful run had the Villagers deep into the opposition's half and an attempt to retrieve the ball by the defending players led to the games first penalty which was converted confidently by Nic Coles giving first blood and three points to Dinas.
The ball was gathered from the restart. Prop Luke Dyer and flanker Ryan Shallish were both instrumental in gaining valuable yards, bullocking their way through the midfield area. However uncharacteristic handling errors on the slippery Web Ellis ball gave Ogmore the opportunity to counter attack and gain some much needed territory. Their foray was to be short lived though as the committed figure of open-side flanker Morgan Williams broke free of the ruck. Support for the forward came in the form of centre John Evans who floated a long pass to winger James Smith. Despite his blistering pace James was not able to beat his covering player and support came in the unlikely form of hooker Nic Vagges who returned to the starting 15 after recovering from a broken nose against Penygraig two weeks prior. Despite his comparative senior years the forward did not lack the pace required to cross for the Villager's first try although a valiant last ditch tackle by the Ogmore number 11 saw him clattered as he touched down. A difficult conversion from the touch line was missed by Nic Coles but the scoreline stood a promising 0-8 to the Villagers.
Despite this encouraging start what followed was a period of ill discipline by Dinas. The conditions were not conducive to the expansive running rugby that spectators have come to expect from the Villagers and a series of knock ons and unforced handling errors saw the ball constantly being competed for on the floor. On no less than three occasions Dinas were penalised for infringements at the breakdown and on each attempt the ball sailed cleanly through the uprights. With ten minutes left of the first half the Villager's had relinquished a 0-8 lead and were now a point adrift of the home team who led the match 9-8.
In an effort to finish the first half ahead Nic Coles lined up a long range penalty attempt from just inside the Ogmore half but the kick fell agonisingly short. The referee blew his whistle and brought the first half to an end. The home team were living up to expectations and proving to be as tough to play as they had been the previous season.
As the match restarted nobody anticipated what was to follow. The number of handling errors by both teams was without doubt significant and a contributing factor to the increasing frustration felt by players and supporters alike. Within 4 minutes of the restart Ogmore found themselves down to 14 players, a yellow card shown by the young referee for repeated infringement at the breakdown. This was to be the first of many dismissals. Just 3 minutes later and another Ogmore player was instructed to leave the field, this time for good, as the referee brandished his red card for an apparent incidence of stamping.
The Villagers were quick to seize the opportunity handed to them by Ogmore's ill-discipline. An excellent run by the Dinas scrum half led to the ball landing in the hands of Morgan Williams. Although only 15 or so metres from the try line he still had to beat the nimble home scrum half. Using his momentum and angling his body low he crossed over to regain the lead. Another difficult kick was missed - the score now 9 - 13, still too close for comfort.
The nerves of the travelling coaches, committee and supporters were spared a little when just 3 minutes later flying winger James Smith found himself clear and with 20 or so yards to the line he was unstoppable much to the delight of his brother Mike Smith who watched as his sibling scored in style next to the posts. An easier conversion was slotted over with ease by Nic Coles and the score stood at a more comfortable 9-20.
A moment of perceived ill discipline by Dinas number 8 Gaz Williams led to card number 3 and the highly valued forward left the pitch for 10 minutes. The field was now level in terms of the number of players and it was the home teams turn to maximise the other's misfortune as they quickly scored a try of their own. An impressive kick bisected the posts and the lead was reduced to a twitch inducing 16-20. Was this to be another match between the two sides that would be decided at the final whistle?
Buoyed by their recovery Ogmore looked to be taking the initiative and spent a good period in the ascendancy. Good tight forward play plied pressure on the Dinas defensive line but it stood firm and was not to be breached again through the remainder of the match. As Gaz returned to the field the constant battle was taking it's toll on the home team, with player after player suffering from the effects of the bruising encounter. Their plight wasn't helped by yet another yellow card and once again the men in yellow and black were down to 13 players. The Villager's two player advantage was proving too much for the home team and further tries by the Smith brothers (Mike and James), both converted by Nic Coles, led to the final score reading a flattering Ogmore Vale 16 - Dinas Powys 34.
In the post match debrief head coach Andy Vesey was quick to highlight the fact that the score was flattering to Dinas Powys. Yes they had come away with a win but it had not been the plain sailing that the scoreline may lead people to believe. The difference had, in the majority, been the differing levels of discipline between the two sides. Ogmore Vale are a well drilled and competent team who should not be underestimated by any opponent who has yet to encounter them. We look forward to the home leg of the encounter in February.
Close After three consecutive weeks and three wins on the road Dinas Powis RFC finally made this season’s home debut as they played host to visitors Porthcawl on the Common. The conditions were truly autumnal as the crowd gathered to support the home team, amongst them was special guest Club President Mr Graham Campbell Esq. who had made a journey from his home in the Midlands to watch the incumbent squad in action.
Coming into the game the Villagers were looking to extend their lead at the top of the league while Porthcawl, fresh from their first win of season, were hoping to end the host’s unbeaten run in the season so far.
Dinas Powis kicked off into the wind and a number of frantic exchanges. The powerfully built Ashley Morgan made his presence felt early on as his thumping tackle dislodged the ball from the attacking players grasp. Within a heartbeat captain and fly half David Lloyd managed to break over the gain line and weave his way from within his own 22 to score the first try of the match under the sticks and giving full back Nic Coles a simple conversions attempt. Within five minutes the hosts were a promising 7-0 ahead.
The tackling was brutal as both sides challenged for the ball at each and every opportunity. It was during one such encounter that scrum half Matt, who was making his debut for Dinas Powis, suffered an excruciating injury to his knee and had to leave the field of play making way for replacement Kieran Spear.
A number of handling errors from both sides led to Porthcawl being awarded a scrum for a knock on. The Villager’s pack, fronted by Tom Patterson, Nick Vagges and Mike Jones won the ball against the head giving the backs a platform from which to break. Winger Duke Durham, playing his second season in the first XV, showed his blistering pace to run in the game’s second try out wide in the corner. A difficult conversion attempt from the touchline was held up by the head wind and the score advanced to 12-0.
Porthcawl, motivated to keep within touching distance of the Dinas score, continued to apply pressure at each phase of play. Their persistence was awarded ten minutes later by way of a penalty awarded against the Villager’s for an infringement of the laws whilst desperately trying to recover the ball. The long range wind assisted penalty attempt was converted and Porthcawl notched up their first points of the match, 12-3.
Dinas continued to play for territory and it wasn’t too long before the exiting form of teenager Duke could once again be seen storming up the pitch. However on this occasion the covering tackle was good and he was ushered into touch. An error by Porthcawl at the resulting lineout meant the ball was almost immediately back in the hands of the Villager’s. The ball was moved swiftly from player to player until it eventually ended up in the grasp of Mike Smith who needed no second invitation to cross the try line. A difficult kick from the far edge of the pitch was expertly slotted between the posts to increase the score between the teams by seven points.
Another excellent break from the restart almost resulted in a try for bulky prop Mike Jones who appeared to have a touch of white line fever. Unfortunately he ended up conceding a penalty after the referee deemed that he had failed to release the ball upon being tackled just feet from the try line.
The following ten minutes of play were the best of the half for the away team. Sustained pressure on the defending Villager’s drawing two penalties in quick succession, both of which were successful. As the half time whistle sounded the score stood at a promising 19 – 9 to the Villager’s.
Nic Coles was presented with an opportunity to ease Dinas further ahead within minutes of the restart. With the wind now in his favour the talented player had little difficulty in bisecting the yellow and blue sticks and so it was that the first points of the second half fell to the Villagers.
A loose kick from visitors just two minutes later allowed James Smith to break from within his own half and score a superb solo effort in the corner. With Cole’s successfully converting the game seemed to be slipping away from Porthcawl, the gap a now substantial 20 points at 29-9.
Dinas were now truly rampant and playing with tempo, confidence and flair. An absolutely sublime pass out of the back door from Mike Smith to older brother James drew a rousing cacophony of cheers and applause from the home spectators as James ran in his second. Nic Coles had found his rhythm and he added a further 2 points to the score line.
With 5 tries already in the bag, Dinas looked to control the game but to Porthcawl’s credit they persisted in pressurising the home team’s try line and with the penalty count mounting Morgan Williams was sinned binned for 10 minutes. Porthcawl took advantage of the extra man and managed to score their first try of the game, with Dinas’ Gary Ahmed being showed the yellow card in quick succession for failing to retreat 10 metres. Dinas were now down to 13 players and the score 36-16.
Despite being two players down Dinas continued to show enterprise and creatively in all facets of play. Comfortable with ball in hand the thirteen players managed the game effectively to prevent Porthcawl from taking further advantage. Shortly after Morgan returned to the field Porthcawl were reduced to 14 men as their open side flanker was dismissed for ten minutes. Nic Coles converted the penalty and the score moved to 39-16.
Dinas continued to besiege Porthcawl within their own half. In the final ten minutes of the match Dinas would score tries on a further two occasions. The first the result of a move between forwards and backs which saw the defending team drawn in field to create an overlap into which Duke Durham darted to cross to complete his brace of trys. Conversion missed the lead progressed to 44-16. Desperate for the magic 50 points the Dinas players showed merciless endeavour and determination. The final score came courtesy of prop Mike Jones who dived through the middle of a ruck on the try line to score under the posts in a fashion more akin with American Football. The easiest conversion of the afternoon despatched by Nic and the final score stood at 51-16.
After the match Mr Campbell presented the club with a trophy which was accepted on our behalf by current captain David Lloyd. Now in his late eighties, Mr Campbell has been associated with the club since the early 1950s when he captained the senior team for five consecutive years, a feat which has not been equalled since. It was for this achievement that he was presented the aforementioned trophy by his peers at the end of his tenure as captain. We are honoured to have been given this item of great sentimental value and it will take pride of place within our trophy cabinet.
|05.10.2013||Bowl R1||SWALEC Bowl R1||-|
Close Returning to league action after last week’s friendly the travelling contingent from Dinas Powys made the journey up the A470 to Treharris under the grey autumnal sky. The Villagers were looking to extend their unbeaten start to the campaign and were in good spirits. Treharris, having already played several of the league’s top title contenders, were looking to return to winning ways having lost by the narrowest of margins to neighbours Ynysowen in their last league encounter. Despite some logistical problems the team arrived at the ground and the coaches put the players through their pre match warm ups.
Dinas were boosted with the return of flanker Lewis Dunleavy, playing on permit from St Peters. The hosts kicked off and Dinas looked to gain territory early on. A promising break saw the Villagers penetrate deep into the home teams 22 but the referee adjudged them to be off side and the penalty kick provided Treharris with the ideal opportunity to alleviate the pressure.
A promising break from the hosts opened up the defence of the visitors but the attack was short lived as the Dinas defence shepherded the ball into touch. Having won the lineout the home team were once again progressing menacingly towards the Villager’s line but a great tackle from winger Mike Smith drew the penalty from Treharris and Dinas cleared to touch. A spate of penalties was costing the home side dearly as they conceded possession and territory, and the Villager’s soon found themselves with an opportunity to take a 3 point lead by way of a penalty goal attempt. Fortunately for Treharris the kick by Nick Coles was both short and wide, a let off for the home team.
The first try of the game came in the 19th minute. A lineout in the Treharris 22 was collected cleanly by Gaz Williams and a great pass from fly half Gavin Cooper put captain Dai Lloyd clean through for a run in under the posts. With the conversion all but a formality the score stood at 0-7.
The celebration was to be short lived however as just three minutes later inspirational forward Gaz Williams sustained a serious injury to his left leg. Williams had to be carried off the field and was immediately taken to A&E by travelling supporter Viv Stark. With concerns for Gaz at the forefront of everyone’s thoughts, coach Andy Vesey brought on stalwart Nick Vagges to bolster the Dinas pack.
A well worked break from the scrum nearly produced the second score of the game, but Cooper was penalised for accidental offside. Following excellent work from Dunleavy in the resulting scrum the Villagers were awarded a penalty and Coles extended the lead to 0-10.
Seeing the margin between the two teams increasing, Treharris began to play for territory but a number of ill judged kicks out on the full had the opposite effect handing valuable yards to the visiting team. Desperate to win some possession, Treharris began to leak penalties and with the number of infringements mounting rapidly the official had little option but to yellow card the home fly half and the hosts found themselves down to 14 for 10 minutes. Nick Coles’ successful penalty conversion saw salt added to the wound as Dinas pulled away, the score now 0-13.
The hosts continued to dig deep showing determination to score with several impressive breaks of their own however the dependable defence of the Villagers soaked up the onslaught biding their time, waiting for the opportunity to clear their lines which eventually fell to Gavin Cooper.
Both sides traded penalties in a scrappy phase of the game, each trying to use the others ill discipline to their advantage. It was Dinas that were able to capitalise as a missed clearance kick by Treharris was collected cleanly by James Smith. The winger continued his excellent run of form and, using the space offered to him by the Treharris scrambling defensive line, ran to the corner for the games third try. A difficult conversion was expertly take by Nick Coles and as the ball bisected the sticks the score stretched to 0-20.
With just minutes of the first half remaining and the home team back to full strength Treharris were desperate to give the home fans something to cheer about as once again they applied pressure to the Dinas defence. Treharris began to throw long passes in an effort to create space but a wayward pass found its way into the hands of none other than lightening fast James Smith. On click of the wingers heals and he was off weaving his way mesmerically 90 metres through numerous defenders to score his second try under the posts. Coles’ kick good the half time stood at 0-27.
Dai Lloyd restarted the game as the Villagers looked to put the game to bed. Buoyed by their half time team talk, Treharris started the brighter of the two teams as they appeared to change tack and play a more forward orientated game. The normally dependable defensive effort of the visitors creaked a little in these early exchanges and a number of missed tackles cost them dearly as the hosts were rewarded for their enterprise by way of an early try. However the conversion was missed and the score became 5-27.
The penalty count was still too high and within 12 minutes Treharris were handed another moral boost as Dinas forward Luke Dyer was sin binned for handling on the floor in what was deemed a professional foul. With the one man advantage the hosts had wind in their sails and continued to attack, causing the Villagers to infringe once again. This time it was prop Mike Jones who was shown the yellow card. Dinas were down to 13 men and a few concerned glances passed from spectator to coach and back again as the enormity of the situation sank in. A huge pack effort and an excellent push from the scrum resulted in Treharris’ second try. This time the conversion was good and the margin closed to 15 points, 12-27.
Powerhouse Luke Dyer returned to field of play just in time to see Treharris reduced to 14 men for obstruction. With Mike Jones still on the side lines the teams were equal.
Unforced errors by the Villagers allowed the hosts to penetrate the visitors half which was compounded by of number cheap penalties, one of which led to a line-out for the home team inside the Dinas’ 22. Yet another penalty was conceded as the players tried to prevent Treharris from crossing the whitewash. It proved to be costly as they, depending on your viewpoint, appeared to cross in the corner for their third of the match. The young official awarded the try and a difficult conversion attempt followed which was unsuccessful. Treharris had now scored 17 unanswered points in the second half and had reduced the deficit to just 10 points, 17-27.
The third try seemed to awaken the Villagers as they stepped up gear. With both teams now at full strength Dinas played direct and enterprising rugby, getting to within 5 meters of the try line before the ball was frustratingly knocked forward.
A well worked scrum which was won against the head by the impressive travelling pack allowed Lewis Dunleavy to use his predatory instincts and score the fourth try which was neatly converted by Coles taking the score to 17-34. With just minute of the match remaining the crowd sensed that this was the final nail in the coffin for the spirited come back shown by Treharris.
Despite securing the bonus point captain Dai Lloyd was not satisfied and spurred his charges onto one final attack. It was only fitting that it was Dai himself who put the cherry on the cake with a sublime piece of play as he deftly chipped the ball over the last defender before running onto the kindly bouncing ball and crashing over for the try. The conversion kick was the last of the game with Dinas running out comfortable winners with the final score a flattering 17-41.
The game had been a thoroughly bruising encounter with many of the players feeling exhausted as they left the field yet the aches and pains were quickly forgotten as attention quickly returned to the well-being of Gareth Williams. Unfortunately the injury proved to be quite severe with the x-ray showing multiple fractures which will require surgery. All at Dinas Powis RFC wish to extend their best wishes to Gaz and we hope to see him on the touchline soon as he is a valued member of the squad both on and off the field of play.
Close Game postponed as Rhigos were unable to field a team.
|26.10.2013||Bowl R2||Barry||5||9||Dinas Powis||View|
Close After the disappointment of a no-show by Rhigos last week, attention switched to SWALEC Bowl duties as the Villagers and a plethora of supporters made the short journey a couple of miles up the road to the Reservoir Field, home of League Division 4 side Barry RFC. Having received a Bye in the first round this was to be the Villager’s first match in the competition.
Dinas started proceedings and kicked off. From the outset Barry looked to play the ball from deep instead of playing the territorial game. Dinas also signalled their attacking intent, opting to kick to touch after Barry conceded an early penalty. The resulting lineout was lost but the powerful Dinas forwards earned themselves a second bite of the cherry having driven the ball carrier back into touch.
The following phases of play saw the Villagers gain hard yards against a stern Barry defence. However a turnover by the home team and a break from their winger almost resulted in the match’s first try, had it not been for a good clearance kick to touch by James Smith which eased the pressure.
Barry sensed an opportunity to attack from the halfway line by breaking through the midfield. Dinas, aware of the threat, were quick to close ranks and force the handling error to earn a scrum. Having secured the ball it was immediately back in the hands of the home team as the pass from the base of the scrum was intercepted. This time Dinas’ saviour was Welsh Deaf International Ryan Shallish as he hauled down the attacking player and the ball was cleared down field.
The teams were trading phases of play and the game was turning into a typical local derby. John Evans broke on the wing and threw an inside pass to winger James Smith who looked odds on to cross for the games opening try, but it was Barry’s turn to produce a try saving tackle as their fullback forced James to spill the ball in the clash.
A solid scrum from the Dinas pack saw them win the ball against the head, however they were prevented from capitalising upon it by a deliberate knock on from the defending player and, with 23 minutes of the game played, the home team found themselves down to 14 players for 10 minutes as the aggressor was shown a yellow card. Up stepped captain Dai Lloyd to convert the penalty and put the first points on the board for Villagers, Barry 0 – Dinas 3.
Barry seemed to be spurred on by the setback and launched an attack from deep, earning a penalty of their own. A kick deep into the visitors 22 provided the ideal opportunity from which to seek their first score of the match. Having successfully gathered the ball from the lineout, Barry began a rolling maul and pushed Dinas back over their own line to score a try in the corner. The conversion from out wide was difficult in the windy conditions and the ball failed to bisect the posts. Barry 5 – Dinas 3.
Dinas were keen to bounce back quickly and looked to attack from the halfway line with a break from Ashley Morgan. Unfortunately the kick ahead was carried by the wind and rolled across the dead ball line, and play was brought back for a scrum. Scrum half Nathan Williams had been making his opposite number’s life a misery at the back of the scrum and he skilfully regained possession for the Villagers. With ball in hand, Dinas drove determinedly towards the Barry line only to knock on in their eagerness to cross the whitewash. However all was not lost as an earlier infringement from the Barry scrum half, who hadn’t fed the ball in straight at the previous scrum, handed Lloyd a chance to add another 3 points courtesy of a penalty which he despatched with ease. Barry 5 – Dinas Powis 6.
Barry looked to regain the lead and played the ball through the middle of the park but the stout defence of Dinas kept them at bay. Following scrappy exchanges from both sides the referee brought the first half to a close. Despite some promising moves and a great deal of enterprise, the Villager’s eagerness to score had, to some degree, been to their detriment and a little more composure in the final phase would undoubtedly have yielded more points. As it was the half time score remained Barry 5 – Dinas Powis 6.
The home team restarted the match with the wind at their backs and the visitors looking to consolidate their position. A wayward kick to touch laid the platform for Barry to attack from a line out at the 22. A penalty from the ensuing ruck gifted Barry the chance to regain the lead but the kick drifted wide.
Several minutes later Dinas were awarded a scrum in the home teams half from which Nathan Williams expertly dodged through the Barry defence to release David Lloyd. Seeing the try line just yards in front of him the captain surged onwards but had the ball dislodged from his grasp by some last ditch tackling from the home players.
Barry attempted to clear to touch having secured possession but the ball fell short and was gathered by Dinas who promptly counter attacked. The home team were finding it extremely difficult to get out of their own half and the Villager’s continued to pile pressure upon their hosts, going through multiple phases of play, but a forward pass brought the onslaught to a halt. An excellent drive by the pack pushed Barry off the ball at the scrum yet once again the ball was knocked on. Buoyed by their previous success the Dinas forwards once again fronted up to their opponents and drove them off the ball. This time a wayward pass to winger Duke Durham left him with nowhere to go other than into touch from which Barry were eventually able to clear their ranks.
What followed was arguably the most contentious issue of the match as a break from David Lloyd released Duke on the wing who in turn fed flanker Mogan Williams. Morgan’s pass to Nathen Williams saw the scrum half cross for the Villager’s first try. However a loud vocal appeal by a member of the Barry coaching team saw the referee declare Morgan’s pass to be forward and the try was disallowed to the disbelief of the spectators behind the try line.
Dinas were not deterred as they persisted in the scrum and won another against the head allowing sturdy Ashley Morgan to dive over but Barry’s excellent last ditch defence effort prevented the grounding. Barry cleared their lines from the resulting scrum however it was only a brief reprieve as within minutes the visitors were back in the Barry half and awarded a penalty. After some debate Gavin Cooper, who had replaced David Lloyd minutes earlier, stepped up to take the penalty. With the margin a single point the pressure was immense. To his credit Gavin focused on the job in hand and neatly bisected the posts to extend the lead by a further 3 points, Barry 5 – Dinas Powis 9.
James Smith picked the ball up after a loose kick by Barry. Nevertheless another handling error gave the hosts the opportunity to regain control from the scrum. However pressure from the Villagers forced Barry to concede a line out. The ball was taken cleanly and Nathan Williams looked to have sealed the victory with a chip and chase. Had it not been for a cynical tackle off the ball, Nathan would undoubtedly have gathered his kick and touched the ball down, but it was a Barry hand that made contact for a 22 metre drop out.
Barry cleared deep into Dinas’ territory. Numerous phases of play saw repeated attempts by the home team to score the vital 5 points required for the win. It looked at one point as though there would be a travesty of justice as, despite being besieged in their own half for nearly the entire duration of the second half, Barry appeared to cross for the try yet they were held up by some heroic defending. Tensions were high and adrenaline flowing. An altercation occurred between Luke Dyer and a Barry player which resulted in a disappointing red card for each player.
The remaining 2 minutes of the second half seemed to last a life time and a collective sigh of relief could be heard by the travelling supporters as eventually the referee brought the match to a satisfying, if not tense, conclusion with Dinas running out victors 5 points to 9.
The match had not been a classic with far too many handling errors and knock ons. Indeed without these the winning margin would have been significantly higher. That said the Dinas players can be proud of their performance and take pride in taking the scalp of a local rival from a higher division. The Villagers remain undefeated with 6 wins from 6 competitive games this season.
Close After last week’s SWALEC Bowl game, attention returned to league action as Dinas Powis set off, albeit a little later than anticipated, on the relatively long journey to Hirwaun in the heads of the valleys. As the team gained altitude the weather became increasingly hostile with high winds and heavy sporadic rainfall.
Last year’s match at the Recreation Ground had been a torrid affair for the Villagers who left it late to steal the win and therefore there was some trepidation amongst the travelling supporters. What should have been a relatively comfortable fixture, given the relative positions of each team in the league tables, was to be anything but.
Hirwaun got the proceedings underway and kicked off with the wind at their backs. The hosts started brightly and applied early pressure on Dinas, drawing numerous penalties within the first five minutes of the match. After several attempts to cross the whitewash they opted to kick for goal and walked away with 3 points as a reward for their efforts.
The apocalyptic conditions were not conducive to the open expansive game of Dinas and it soon became apparent to all watching that the game would be won by the narrowest of margins. With the ball akin to a bar of soap both teams struggled to find their rhythm. However it was Hirwaun who managed to maintain their discipline as the official award numerable penalties against the men from the Vale, handing both possession and territory to the opposition. In the 30th minute Dinas prop Tom Patterson was shown a yellow card for allegedly handling in the ruck within the final 22 of the visitors half. A good scrum by Hirwaun almost proved fruitful as they forced their way over the try line only to be held up by some heroic defending. Having won the resulting scrum, the Villagers were able to clear their lines.
With just three minutes of the first half remaining, the home number 8 handed Dinas their first opportunity to go for goal as he was shown a yellow card for a swinging arm. Gavin Cooper’s kick neatly bisected the posts and the half time score was level at 3 apiece.
After a stern half time talk by the unimpressed Dinas coaching team, the visitors looked to assert themselves in the worsening conditions. The restart from David Lloyd was deflected into touch by the receiving player and a free kick was award to the Villagers following an infringement at the ensuing lineout. Opting to take a quick ‘tap an go’, the ball was spun wide and, after three phases of play, found itself in the hands of Lewis Dunleavy who scored a very welcome try. The conversion by Cooper saw Dinas take the lead for the first time in the match. Hirwaun 3 – Dinas 10.
The official was not giving either team any opportunity to play advantage and consequently the game descended into a torrid stop-start affair, punctuated with countless penalties and scrums. Neither side looked as though they would score.
Hirwaun were shown their second yellow card within fifteen minutes of the restart but Dinas were unable to capitalise on the man advantage. In fact it was the home team who would score next, as just minutes after returning to full strength, they crashed over in the corner for their first try of the match. The conversion was missed which proved to be extremely lucky for the visitors as, after an extremely nervous final ten minutes, the referee brought an end to a dire game in even worse conditions.
The weather had unquestionably played a significant part in keeping the scores low and, despite the win, there was a feeling that Dinas had dropped a valuable bonus point. As it transpired the team’s close rivals Cambrian Welfare had suffered a rare defeat at the hands of fellow title challengers Treherbert. Furthermore Treherbert had prevented Cambrian from securing a loosing bonus point. Consequently Dinas are now the only unbeaten team in Div 5 South Central and regain the top spot, one point ahead of Treherbert who have played an additional game.
Dinas now have two weeks respite due to the Autumn Internationals and will entertain Cefn Coed at the Common on November 23rd.
|23.11.2013||Dinas Powis||20||20||Cefn Coed||View|
Close Dinas Powys RFC returned to league action last Saturday after a two week break due to the Autumn Internationals and played host to Cefn Coed on the Common. With this match being only their second home game of the campaign so far, the Villagers were seeking to extend their lead at the top of Division 5 South Central against a side languishing in the bottom quarter of the table. Despite having lost 6 of their 7 matches so far this season, Cefn Coed are no push-overs as evidenced by the fact that on only one occasion have they failed to secure a losing bonus point, and on that occasion they were the victors. Therefore all at the common were expecting a keenly contested match.
The visitors kicked off and were almost immediately rewarded with a penalty attempt on goal which, despite the ideal weather conditions, fell short and the Villager's were able to clear their lines safely. After winning a penalty of their own, Dinas showed some enterprise and opted to kick to touch, hoping to lay the foundations of an attacking platform. The resulting line out was scrappy as both teams competed for possession, however a knock on by Cefn Coed led to the match's first scrum. As both packs formed it was evident to all that the gargantuan visiting forwards would prove an almighty challenge for the relatively modest sized Dinas players, and sure enough the sheer weight of the opposition led to the Villagers being driven off the ball and losing the scrum against the head. Having regained control of the ball the visitors were able to break and score the first try of the match under the posts and with the simplest of conversions the Villager's found themselves trailing 0-7.
Following the restart Cefn Coed attempted a clearance kick which went straight to Tom Chapman. Unfortunately he was unable to collect the ball cleanly and knocked it on, presenting the visitors with a scrum on the Dinas ten metre line. The away side won the scrum but instead of passing the ball through the hands they opted to kick across field and the ball bounced harmlessly into touch. Dinas secured the line out and began an attack of their own. Cefn Coed were adjudged to be offside and captain David Lloyd kicked the ball into touch deep within the opposition 22. With the ball secure, Dinas patiently worked through numerous phases of play eventually getting the ball into the hands of powerful centre Ashley Morgan who crashed over to score the home teams opening try. With David Lloyd's conversion neatly bisecting the uprights the score was all square at 7 apiece.
Dinas looked to gain confidence and began to play from deep however the visiting team managed to regain possession and kicked ahead. The kick was too strong and the ball crossed the dead ball line. With play brought back for a scrum in the middle of the Dinas half, Villager's were able to relieve the pressure. A knock on by Cefn Coed handed the impetus back to the home team and, having secured the ball from the scrum, it was passed to Tom Chapman who was featuring in the team after several weeks out following an injury. Tom deftly passed to Michael Smith who released the blistering pace of winger Duke Durham. Duke made significant inroads into the visitor’s territory before offloading to supporting captain David Lloyd. Unfortunately David was unable to take the ball cleanly and it was spilt forwards. However all was not lost as some confusion amongst the Cefn Coed players at the resulting scrum allowed quick thinking scrum half Lui Morgan to grab the loose ball and cross the whitewash for the home team's second try of the day. Another fine kick by David Lloyd saw the home team take the lead for the first time as the score crept to Dinas 14 - Cefn Coed 7.
The Villager's were looking the more positive side and were awarded a penalty after flanker Lewis Dunleavy was not released following a tackle. Up stepped David Lloyd who elected to kick for goal. Having successfully slotted the ball between the sticks, Dinas stretched their lead to 17-7.
The restart was collected cleanly by the Cefn Coed winger who looked to have broken the defensive line of the Villager's although the he spilt the ball during a two-up tackle by Tom Chapman and David Lloyd. Despite the obvious mismatch in size, the Dinas pack stood firm at the resultant scrum and, with the ball secured, were able to clear.
Number 8 Nick Vagges made a fantastic break, weaving amongst the defending Cefn Coed players with apparent ease yet his offload didn't go to hand and the ball landed in open play from where it was hacked on to setup a sprint finish between Lui Morgan and the opposition’s fullback. Unfortunately for the home team the fullback was first to the ball and managed to touch it down for a drop out at the 22. With the ball back in their possession, Dinas began the hunt for their third try of the half. However the home team were adjudged to have made a high tackle and Cefn Coed were once again handed the opportunity to clear their ranks and relieve the pressure via a kick to touch.
Having won the lineout Cefn Coed used the bulk of their forwards effectively and began a rolling maul. Dinas infringed during their valiant attempts to bring the rampaging maul to a halt which only served to provided the visitors with another opportunity to kick for touch and gain those all important extra yards. The second successive line out one, the visitors once again resorted to keeping the ball tight within the forwards as they reformed the rolling maul. Again Dinas were deemed to have attempted to illegally bring the maul to ground but on this occasion Dinas flanker Morgan Williams was shown a yellow card and left the field for ten minutes. Another kick to touch setup the third lineout which was won by the Villager's and the home supporters collectively let out a sigh of relief although this was to be short lived as the official mysteriously awarded the visitors a fourth penalty. Realising that they had a man advantage, Cefn Coed opted for the scrum and inevitably drove across the line for their second try in the corner. With the difficult conversion unsuccessful the half time score stood at Dinas Powis 17 - Cefn Coed 12.
The second half was to be a stop-start affair with both teams giving it their all in an attempt to secure four valuable league points.
The hosts restarted with both teams trading possession until Nick Vagges eventually spilled the ball forwards on the half way line. The visitors’ dependable pack secured the ball only for their backs to squander the opportunity as it went loose. First to react was Michael Smith who collected the ball neatly before setting of on a blistering run which, had it not been for the determined efforts of a single Cefn Coed player, would have resulted in five additional points and Dinas’ third try of the match. Without the aid of a supporting player the ball was lost and Cefn Coed relived the pressure.
After a period of play in the centre of the pitch, the visitors made a penetrating surge through the midfield deep into the Dinas half. Once again the referee awarded the attacking team a penalty which, predictably, they kicked to touch. Despite being back to full strength with the return of Morgan Williams, the Villager’s were powerless to stem the progress of the Cefn Coed pack as they drove across the try line for their second. Mercifully the try was in the corner therefore the resulting conversion was missed. With 30 minutes of the match remaining the score was level at 17 each.
It has to be said that the remainder of the match was not a classic by any stretch of the imagination with penalty after penalty being awarded to the visiting team, many of which drew looks of confusion from all bar the away supporters. However it was Cefn Coed who were to be shown the yellow card. Despite being a man short they continued to apply pressure to the Dinas defensive line and were eventually rewarded with a penalty opportunity in front of the posts, taking the score to a dispiriting 17-20.
As though being a man down wasn’t challenge enough, the visiting number 13 saw red, literally, as he was dismissed from the field of play moments later for striking an opponent. Seizing the opportunity presented to them by a moment of lunacy Dinas chose to run at the now depleted defenders, who in their desperation, conceded numerous penalties, the last of which came in the dying seconds. With no time remaining captain David Lloyd secured the tie and 2 points with an easy attempt from in front of goal. Full time score Dinas Powis RFC 20 – Cefn Coed 20.
Whilst Dinas’ 100% winning record may have fallen they can still claim to be undefeated. On reflection Cefn Coed had played to their strengths better than the Villagers who can still be proud of their performance, especially given the number of division one players who were playing on permit for Cefn Coed.
After another enforced break as Wales play their last international, Dinas head into December with a challenging fixture list against title contenders Cambrian Welfare, Treherbert and Llantwit Major in the 3rd round of the SWALEC Bowl.
|07.12.2013||Cambrian Welfare||31||5||Dinas Powis||View|
Close Dinas returned to league action after the last of the Autumn Internationals and were once again on the road. This time the Villagers, who had been overtaken in the league table by Treherbert , were on their way to Clydach Vale to take on promotion chasing Cambrian Welfare RFC who sat in 3rd place.
The Villagers opened the encounter at the ‘Tump’ with some excellent attacking play and kept Cambrian pinned within their own half during the early exchanges. In their attempts to alleviate the pressure, the home team conceded an early penalty which captain David Lloyd opted to kick to touch.
After successfully securing the lineout ball Dinas looked to pass it through their hands. However the move ground to a halt after a Cambrian player came from an offside position. This time Lloyd indicated an attempt on goal, eager to capitalise on the early pressure. Unfortunately the ball sailed wide of the uprights and the game’s opening points went begging.
A second blow to the away team came just minutes later as scrum half Louis Morgan had to leave the field of play due to an ankle injury and was replaced by Kieran Spear, who himself was not 100% fit having sustained a similar injury during training the previous week.
With little opportunity to warm up, Kieran was immediately thrown into the fray at a defensive scrum. To his dismay his pass from the scrum didn’t go to hand giving the opposition’s fly half the opportunity to fly-hack the ball ahead and, with the ball bouncing obligingly into his hands, he crossed for the match’s first try. The conversion was missed and the score stood at Cambrian 5 – Dinas Powis 0.
The hosts took heart from the early points and were quickly back in the Villager’s 22 from where they promptly crossed in the corner for their second try of the game just 3 minutes after their last foray. This time the difficult conversion was good and Cambrian extended their lead to a modest 12-0.
Dinas were clearly rocked by the two scores in quick succession. Some bright phases of play saw the Villagers gain territory and they were rewarded with an opportunity of their own by way of another penalty attempt on goal. The kick once again failed to bisect the posts to the dismay of all watching.
There followed a series of scrums and penalties as both sides traded possession and territory. A torrid first half was made worse as it was the hosts that were able to capitalise through their forwards who drove over the whitewash for their third try. Another impressive conversion secured the additional two points and Cambrian extended their now commanding lead to 19-0.
The anguish for the visiting spectators and coaches was palpable and exacerbated further just minutes from the end of the half. Despite numerous infringements, all of which were disregarded by the official, Cambrian crossed for their bonus point securing try. A fortuitous conversion attempt saw the ball hit the upright before crossing. As the referee blew for the break the score stood at a thoroughly disappointing Cambrian 26 - Dinas Powis 0.
Cambrian got the second half underway and put the Villagers under pressure almost immediately. As the game progressed it was evident to the travelling entourage that the visitors would not benefit from the officials decisions as much as the home team appeared to be and the number of highly contentious decisions increased.
With 30 minutes of the fixture remaining the ball landed in the hands of Nathan Williams who ran a full forty yards to cross for the Villager’s first and only try. Regrettably the kick was bad and the score stood at a sorry Cambrian 26 – Dinas Powis 5.
Spurred on by the try, the visitors looked to push on and Lloyd Horward replaced Nick Vegas. Alarmingly play was brought to an abrupt halt just minutes later as young flanker Ryan Shallish appeared to have sustained a serious injury (thought at the time to be a broken ankle). The sight of one of their own being stretchered off seemed to ignite some fire and passion within the Villagers and the familiar site of flying winger James Smith soon returned. Sadly he was snagged just metres from the line, spilling the ball forward in contact.
A spirited final ten minutes saw the Villagers best passages of play on what was to be a disastrous day at the office. Salt was rubbed into the open wound in the final minutes as Cambrian broke down the wing to score their fifth try of the match. With light fading rapidly and the conversion missed the game drew to a close with the final score Cambrain 31 – Dinas Powis 5.
Dinas were beaten for the first time this season by a team who took full advantage of scrappy handling errors to score breakaway tries. The only positive news began to filter through on the journey back to the Vale as the team learnt that the injury to Ryan was not as bad as first thought.
Next week Dinas are in cup action at home to Llantwit Major on the common where they will be looking to reaffirm themselves and return to winning ways.
|14.12.2013||Bowl R3||Dinas Powis||-||-||Llantwit Major||-|
|11.01.2014||SWALEC Bowl R4||-|
|15.02.2014||Dinas Powis||-||-||Ogmore Vale||-|
|05.04.2014||Cefn Coed||-||-||Dinas Powis||-|
|12.04.2014||Dinas Powis||-||-||Cambrian Welfare||-|