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Nathan Huw Jones
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Match Report
23 February 2018 / Team News

Rhuthun 7 Y Bala 36

Bala went through into the semi finals of the Conwy Land Rover North Wales Cup at Ruthin on Thursday with a convincing 36-7 win.  As in recent previous matches Ruthin started competitively but with a ball held up on the visitors’ try line and a missed penalty goal in the first 10 minutes were unable to convert pressure into points.  Bala cleared their lines and from a lineout on Ruthin’s 10 yard line mounted their first attack.  The ball was played out to the wing and Robin Jones went over for an unconverted try.  From then on the Blues had to defend well against a fast and aggressive Bala attack and although resisting for a time the visitors went over for a converted try from Dave Yates after 30 minutes play.  The Blues tried to get back into the game but were not as quick in the breakdown or accurate in passing or tackling as Bala. On half time the pressure told and after running through three tackles Bala Owain Pugh went over for a converted try and the score was 19-0 at half time.  The third quarter of the game continued pretty much as the second quarter of the first half with Ruthin unable to find their rhythm and Bala scored a further two converted tries from Ilan Rowlands and Arfon Rowlands putting them 33-0 ahead.  In the last 20 the Blues led by their forwards began finally to put forward an effective attack and after some good phase play and pick and go in Bala’s 22 flanker Jack Wilson went over for a try which Nathan Jones converted.  Play was more evenly matched for the remainder of the game but Bala had the last score with a penalty goal on the 80th minute.  Owain Aled kicked all Bala’s conversions and penalty goal.  Ilan Rowlands was judged man of the match and was presented, by Hywel Roberts of the North Wales Rugby Union Council, with a bottle of champagne, donated by the tournament sponsors Conwy Land Rover.


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