10 June 2024 / Club News

Denbigh Dogs & N.W Barbarians combine for a great day of rugby

On Saturday Clwb Rygbi Dinbych hosted an end of season charity match between their veteran’s side - the Denbigh Dogs who were bolstered by a sprinkling of younger players, and the North Wales Barbarians whose players were drawn from a number of senior North Wales sides. The match was arranged by Llion Edwards and the host side were bolstered by the appearance of former Wales International Rowland Phillips.


Dinbych Dogs  51-32 North Wales Barbarians


On a glorious afternoon and with ideal playing conditions both teams rose to the occasion to provide a feast of open running rugby with attacking and counter-attacking play producing a hatful of tries with Dinbych coming out on top by 51 points to 32. Dinbych were in front throughout the game but the visitors closed to within one score on several occasions which indicated the competitive nature of the encounter. The playing positions of Dinbych’s try scorers indicated how the game was played with eight of their nine tries scored by backs with wing Huw Mars-Jones leading the way with a hat trick. Other try scorers were Iwan ‘Ffrith’ Roberts, Dewi Jones, Gruff Roberts, Dan Mars-Jones, Delfryn Davies and Jamie Winning. Three conversions with kicked by Dewi Jones, Jamie Winning and Llion Edwards. 


Dinbych started well and opened the scoring when hooker Iwan ‘Ffrith‘ Roberts took a crash ball pass following a ruck outside the Barbarian 22 to break through the middle and touch down under the posts for a try converted by Llion Edwards. They went further ahead when outside half Dan O’Sullivan made an initial break before releasing centre Tom Seddon who then off-loaded to left wing Huw Mars-Jones who outpaced the covering defenders on a 40 metre touchline dash to cross in the corner for an unconverted try. 


Huw Mars-Jones then extended Dinbych’s lead when he picked up a loose ball inside his own half breaking down the touchline before kicking ahead and winning the race to touch down for his second unconverted try.


The Barbarians then opened their scoring with an unconverted try following a short range driving maul. Dinbych reacted to this when wing Aidyn Jones broke out of defence before linking inside with Gruff Roberts. The centre hoisted a high up and under to regain possession and bursting through to cross for an unconverted try. The Barbarians responded with a brace of unconverted tries, the first from a short range scrum and their second from an excellent long range attack with good support play. This left the visitors trailing by 22 points to 15. However Dinbych restored their lead when Dewi Jones broke out of defence on the right and outpaced the defence to go over for a try which he converted himself.

The Barbarians then countered with another brace of excellent tries after combined attacks the second of them converted leaving them tailing by 29 points to 27. Dinbych replied when Tom Seddon counter-attacked from his own 22 before linking inside with Huw Mars-Jones who outpaced the defence to score in the corner. Just before the half time break Dinbych edged further ahead with a try by Dan Mars-Jones after a counter-attack from defence by Tom Seddon. This left Dinbych leading by 39 points to 27 at the mid point interval.

Not surprisingly the scoring slowed down in the second half as the energy sapping conditions took its toll on the players. Dinbych increased their lead with an unconverted try by Delfryn Davies with the Barbarians hitting back with an unconverted try following a number of driving mauls. Dinbych ended the match in style with a solo try by scrum half Jamie Winning running in from over half way before adding the conversion points to put the seal on an excellent match which was a credit to all those taking part.


A successful day at Caeau Les Phillips was concluded with players and spectators being entertained with an excellent musical rendering by the Denbigh Male Voice Choir.

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