Dinas take advantage of opposition ill discipline
8:02am Thursday 26th September 2013 in Sport
OGMORE VALE 16pts
DINAS POWYS 34
WITH Dinas Powys having beaten Saturday's opposition by just five points in last season's fixture, the villagers knew this would be a tough game.
With a moderate drizzle, it was evident that the inclement conditions would play their part in determining the outcome.
Dinas started in their usual expansive and adventurous style and, within minutes, winger Mark Goode's direct and powerful run had the side deep into the opposition's half and an attempt to retrieve the ball by defending players led to the game's first penalty which was converted confidently by Nic Coles.
The ball was gathered from the restart. Prop Luke Dyer and flanker Ryan Shallish were both instrumental in gaining valuable yards. However, uncharacteristic handling errors gave Ogmore the opportunity to counter attack and gain some much-needed territory. Their foray was to be shortlived, though, as the committed figure of openside 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 unable to beat his covering player and support came in the unlikely form of hooker Nic Vagges who returned to the starting XV after recovering from a broken nose. Despite his comparative senior years, the forward did not lack the pace to cross for Dinas' first try. Coles missed a difficult conversion from the touchline.
Unfortunately, what followed was a period of ill discipline by Dinas. A series of knock ons and unforced handling errors saw the ball constantly being competed for on the floor and, on no less than three occasions. Dinas were penalised for infringements at the breakdown. On each attempt, the ball sailed cleanly through the uprights to give the home side a 9-8 half-time lead.
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 four minutes of the restart, Ogmore found themselves down to 14 players; a yellow card shown for repeated infringement at the breakdown. This was to be the first of many dismissals. Just three minutes later and another Ogmore player was instructed to leave 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 who, using his momentum and angling his body low, crossed to regain the lead.
The nerves of the travelling coaches, committee and supporters were spared a little when, just three 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 brother Mike who watched his sibling score in style. An easier conversion was slotted over by Coles.
A moment of perceived ill discipline by Dinas No 8 Gaz Williams led to card number three 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 team's turn to maximise the other's misfortune as they quickly scored a try. An impressive kick bisected the posts and the lead was reduced to a twitch inducing 16-20.
Buoyed by their recovery, Ogmore looked to be taking the initiative and spent a good period in the ascendancy. However, the Dinas defensive line stood firm and was not to be breached again. As Gaz returned to the field, the constant battle was taking its 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 Dinas' two player advantage proved too much and there were further tries by the Smith brothers (Mike and James), both converted by Coles.
In the post match debrief, head coach Andy Vesey was quick to highlight the fact that the score was flattering to Dinas. 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.
Next week Dinas Powys play their first home game of the season on The Common against fellow seasiders Porthcawl.
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A special note of congratulations to the Dinas Youth team who avenged their cup defeat to local long-term rivals Penarth two weeks ago by convincingly beating them17-3 on The Common this week.