Barry edged out of cup by near neighbours
9:01am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Sport
BARRY RFC 1st XV 5pts
DINAS POWYS 9
THESE near neighbours met at Barry's Reservoir Field on Saturday in the second round of the SWALEC Bowl competition, with the narrow win for the visitors being a fair reflection of the game.
The weather was kind for the time of year with no rain and only a variable wind, and the home side made a positive start with some good driving play from the forwards. This ensured that the visitors were fully engaged in defensive duties.
Dinas, however, were soon able to turn the tables with some effective forward play of their own. This situation resulted in a yellow card for the home side for what was adjudged to be a deliberate knock forward in the threequarter line. The penalty, from close range, was slotted over to give Dinas the lead after 25 minutes.
However, Barry took the lead soon afterwards with clever work by Evans and White giving Degaura the opportunity to cross the line near the corner flag. The difficult conversion sailed just wide.
The referee was demonstrating a welcome attention to the need for straight putting in at the set scrummage, but, unfortunately for Barry, it was they who transgressed in this regard too close to their own line and the visitors made no mistake with the penalty to regain the lead.
Barry came more into the picture as half time approached, with significant contributions from Tanner and Hollister.
The second session saw Barry with the advantage of slope and wind, but the visitors appeared to be the team with the greater hunger, whilst Barry seemed to retreat, with their game showing little bite.
After 20 minutes or so, the home side were unfortunate to concede a penalty for a marginal high tackle. Again it was within kicking distance to give Dinas another successful penalty.
Soon after Barry rang the changes from the bench, but it hardly improved proceedings. The visitors then began to dominate both possession and territory in a most efficient manner.
There was a late flourish from Barry, but they could not quite escape from the Dinas defenders.
Barry: Ryan, Adams, L O’Sullivan, Hardy, White, R O’Sullivan, Mepham, Scott, O Poole, Giddings, Tanner, Degaura, Hollister, Evans and Lundy. Replacements: Hammonda, Jennings, Oaten and T Poole.
Next Saturday Barry entertain Cowbridge at the Reservoir Field with kick-off at 2.30pm.