Dinas captain seals win with late try
12:02pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Sport
FLYING WINGER: Dinas Powys winger James Smith has one to beat on his way to his second try of the match.
DINAS POWYS RFC 1st XV 41
RETURNING to league action after last week’s friendly, the Dinas Powys Rugby Club 1st XV looked to extend their unbeaten run at Treharris.
Boosted by the return of flanker Lewis Dunleavy, playing on permit from St Peters, Dinas looked to gain territory early on and a promising break saw them penetrate deep into the home 22 but the referee adjudged them to be offside and the penalty kick provided Treharris with the ideal opportunity to alleviate the pressure.
A spate of penalties cost the home side dearly as they conceded possession and territory, and the villagers soon found themselves with an opportunity to lead by way of a penalty goal attempt, but, fortunately for Treharris, the kick by Nick Coles was both short and wide.
Dinas' first try came in the 19th minute when a line out 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 and an easy conversion.
The celebration was shortlived, however, as just three minutes later inspirational forward Gaz Williams sustained a serious injury to his left leg. Williams had to be carried off and 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.
Following excellent work from Dunleavy in a scrum, the villagers were awarded a penalty and Coles extended the lead.
Seeing the margin between the two teams increasing, Treharris played for territory but a number of ill-judged kicks handed 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. Coles’ successful penalty added salt to the wound.
Both sides traded penalties in a scrappy phase of the game, each trying to use ill discipline to their advantage, and it was Dinas who capitalised 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, ran to the corner for the game's third try. A difficult conversion was expertly taken by Coles.
With just minutes of the first half remaining and back to full strength, Treharris were desperate to give the home fans something to cheer about but a wayward pass found its way into the hands of none other than lightning fast Smith. One click of the winger's heels and he was off, weaving his way mesmerically 90 metres through numerous defenders to score his second try under the posts. With Coles’ kick good, the half time stood at 0-27.
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 and a number of missed tackles cost them dearly as the hosts were rewarded for their enterprise by way of an early try.
The penalty count was still too high and, within 12 minutes, Treharris were handed another morale booster as Dinas forward Luke Dyer was sin binned for handling on the floor. With the one-man advantage, the hosts 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.
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 sidelines, the teams were equal.
The conceding of another penalty proved costly for Dinas as the home side crossed for their third try and 17 unanswered points.
However, the try seemed to wake the villagers up as they stepped up a gear. A well worked scrum, which was won against the head by the impressive travelling pack, allowed Dunleavy to use his predatory instincts and score the fourth try which was neatly converted by Coles and, with just minutes of the match remaining, the crowd sensed that this was the final nail in the coffin for the spirited Treharris comeback.
Despite securing the bonus point, captain Lloyd was not satisfied and spurred his charges onto one final attack. It was only fitting that it was Lloyd 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. The conversion kick was the last of the game, with Dinas running out comfortable winners of a thoroughly bruising encounter.
However, 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 Powys RFC wish to extend their best wishes to Gaz and hope to see him on the touchline soon as he is a valued member of the squad both on and off the field.
On Saturday, October 19, Dinas entertain Rhigos; kick-off 2.30pm.