Fixture

Mold RFC | 1st Team 0 - 71 Pwllheli RFC | 1st Team
John Llyr Pugh
2 Try
Robin Jones
3 Try
Nicholas J. Butterworth
2 Try
Alwyn Rhys Trenholme
1 Try
Tomos Parry
2 Try
Osian Jones
1 Try
8 Conversion

Match Report
07 May 2017 / Team News

Mold RFC 0 Pwllheli RFC 71.

Pwllheli travelled knowing that matches at Mold have historically been tight and fiercely contested affairs. The Lleyn side had the advantage of being in this position several times before and this allowed players and coaches to prepare mentally as well as physically for the game.The match was played on a hard but well grassed pitch and there was no wind to have any impact on the game.Pwllheli kicked off playing with the slope.
They started the game strongly. Pwllheli's slighter pack were quicker to the loose ball and they recycled the ball quickly and effectively. This gave Pwllheli's halfbacks the possession, and time, to manage the game.Four minutes in Pwllheli were awarded a penalty. They chose to kick for touch. From  the ensuing line out they set up a rolling maul . Scrum half and captain Nick Butterworth sniped on the blind and forced himself over for a try.The excellent touchline conversion was slotted by wing Osian Parry Jones. From the restart both sides tried to play an expansive game but for a short period defences were on top. However ten minutes in Pwllheli's back row secured clean quick possession. Pwllheli switched the ball right.Three swift  passes saw the ball reach right wing Osian P. Jones an dhe crashed through the would be tackler to touch down. Jones' conversion gave his side a fourteen to nil lead. 
Mold were still very much in the match and Pwllheli's defence was tested time and again. The home side's downfall was their inability to cope with the sheer pace of some of the Pwllheli's backs. This was epitomised on eighteen minutes. Mold mwere on the attack. they lost the ball in a tackle. Pwllheli countered from sixty metres out and centre John Pugh scored his team's third try. The conversion attempt missed as did a penalty attempt four minutes later. The Lleyn side's bonus point try came after twenty eight minutes of play. From forty metres out  fly half Kelemete broke the defensive line. He made ground before offloading to the supporting flanker Tom Parry who scored  under the posts.Jones successfully kicked the conversion. Again Mold's heads did not drop but they did fall off a few tackles. Left wing Robin Hughes Jones took advantage of this just before half time. He fielded a Mold clearing kick close to  he left touchline. His pace and power saw him shrug off several would be tacklers to score and excellent individualist try. Again Osian P.Jones added the kick.
Half time came with Pwllheli leading by 33- 0. 
Despite the score line line Pwllheli have learned that they cannot sit on their laurels and knew they had to maintain the pace of the game if they were to prevail.Their commitment earned them an early reward.Only three minutes in Pwllheli won a ruck on the right. They went blind and two passes put wing Robin Hughes Jones into space and he beat he cover to touch down. The conversion attempt missed. Pwllheli posed athreat whenever they got the ball .Most attacks were thwarted by solid defending but eight minutes in Pwllheli's pack released the ball to Butterworth and his strength beat the cover. Osian Parry Jones added the two points. Mold came back with ten minutes of solid attacking rugby. They  were close to scoring several times but staunch stubborn Pwllheli defence kept them at bay.
The last twenty minutes of the game was Pwllheli's. They scored their eighth try after eighteen minutes as prop Alwyn Trenholme touched down after a powerful driving maul.Jones added the two points. Five minutes later centre John Pugh was put ion the clear to score a long range solo try.On twenty nine minutes Tom Parry added another try which was duly converted by Osian P.Jones.The conversion took the score to sixty six points to nil. Pwllheli's last score was a hattrick try for wing Robin Hughes Jones.The whistle went shortly after.
This was a quality performance by the Pwllheli side. The pack put in a hardworking shift and the backs took their chances well. It was the pace of the game which gave Pwllheli their crucial win.
Pwllheli's players ,officials and supporters were jubilant at the final whistle. They had achieved the improbable in becoming Division 1 North Champions  and to do so for the third successive season is an unique achievement for the Club. The success is a testament to the hard work and commitment of many people. The players sacrificed a great deal to make themselves available week after week and trained hard at Bodegroes Park. The coaching team led by Ian D.LL. Jones and supported by David Martin and Eifion Jiffy Griffiths put a plan and structure in place which saw them through another difficult but hugely rewarding season.The back up team has also been very effective with the hardworking Edwin Jones earning plaudits for his loyalty and efficiency as the team's main first aider. Team Manager Bill Parry and Robin Elias did much of the background work which eased the pressure on the coaches.The influence of Pwllheli's supporters in not to be underestimated.Once again they outnumbered the home crowd and this inevitably gives the players a big boost.
Arrangements for the North Wales Land Rover North Wales Cup Final on Saturday 13 May are now in  place.
Over the course of the twenty two matches they scored 1179 points including an impressive tally of 178 league tries.
Arrangements for the Conwy Land Rover North Wales Cup Final are now in place.The players bus will be leaving the club at 1.00. The supporters bus will be leaving the Club at 1.30.The players bus is already full.There are a few places still available on the supporters bus.Please contact the Club to book your place.
The Final against Bala kicks off at 3.30 at Eirias Park.

 

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