Escaping from the relegation zone is proving difficult for Ruthin who, despite putting on another good performance away at Caernarfon, could only come away with a loser’s bonus point. Playing up the hill, the Blues put the Cofis under pressure from the start and were first on to the scoreboard with a penalty goal from wing Nathan Jones. The home side responded and had a couple of attempts at penalty goals themselves both of which went wide before the Blues increased their lead with a try from wing Huw Parry converted by Jones. Again the home side tried to reduce the arrears and Ruthin had to defend well before Mike Downey went over the whitewash for a try after 25 minutes. Both sides continued to attack but there was no further score and Ruthin went in with a 10-5 lead at half time. The expectation was that having done the hard work up the hill playing downhill would suit Ruthin’s style of rugby. However in what was becoming an increasingly bad tempered match, barely under control at times, the Cofis denied Ruthin possession and kept them in their own half for much of the second half. Although the Blues were defending the line well they were prone to conceding penalties and after both sides went down to 14 men with yellow cards Dom Yau kicked a penalty goal narrowing the gap to 2 points. After a further 5 minutes the Blues conceded another penalty in their own 22 and Yau kicked his second goal putting the Cofis a point ahead. Both sides were back up to strength when another fracas broke out and both sides went down to 14 men again. Although the Blues tried to claw back the advantage it was to no avail and the whistle blew with the home side winning 11-10.
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