Dolgellau beat Llani to go second

By Adam Hughes in Rugby

DOLGELLAU are doing all they can to keep the pressure on Division Two North leaders Llangefni, and they leap-frogged above Denbigh into second with a 36-14 bonus point win over Llanidloes.

Full-back Henri Roberts crossed for a hat-trick of tries to cap an excellent win.

Ten minutes into an even contest, Llani were threatening the Dolgellau try line through centre Paul Jehu, but from a scrum five metres out, Dolgellau full-back, Gerwyn Pugh intercepted a loose Llanidloes pass to sprint the length of the field to score under the posts.

Full-back Henri Roberts converted, and five minutes later a poor Llanidloes clearance was gathered by skipper, Gerwyn Thomas, who exchanged passes with second-row Colin Markham to put in centre Dylan Evans for the try. Once again Henri Roberts converted to give the hosts a 14-0 cushion.

Dolgellau second row Carwyn Hughes did well to set up Dolgellau’s third try, which was finished off down the left by wing Danny Evans to put Dolgellau 19-0 ahead on 20 minutes.

Llanidloes kept plugging away, but spurred several try-scoring opportunities, before Dolgellau scored on the stroke of half time. Scrum half Jac Roberts and Gerwyn Thomas combined to find Henri Roberts on the loop to score a most important bonus fourth try, and he duly added the conversion to make the score 26-0.

Playing with a stiff breeze in the second half, Llanidloes tried to pin Dolgellau back in their own 22, but after only three minutes wing Danny Evans embarked on a long run that saw Henri Roberts in full swing as he sprinted home down the left side to cross for a great try.

Llanidloes came back strongly again and their perseverance was finally rewarded as full-back Dafydd Duggan crossed wide out on the right. Stand-off Adam Price put over the conversion from a difficult angle to make it 31-7 to the hosts.

Dolgellau’s Henri Roberts capped a fine all-round display with his third try of the game with 10 minutes to go, to give him a personal haul of 21 points, before Llanidloes finished strongly with flanker, Andrew Griffiths crashing over for a deserved try that was converted by stand-off Adam Price to make the final score 36-14 to the Meirionnydd outfit.

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