Ruthin got back to winning ways in this Conwy Land Rover North Wales Cup Match on Thursday evening but had to wait until the last 5 minutes to secure a win. The visitors pressured early and were first with points on the board with a penalty goal from Will Worthington. The Blues responded and after 15 minutes play drew level with a penalty goal from centre Nathan Jones. The Blues continued attacking and 25 minutes the ball was passed out to Jones who went over for an unconverted try in the corner. Shortly afterwards COBRA went down to 14 men with a yellow card but the Blues could not capitalise on the advantage often putting themselves under unnecessary pressure. COBRA strengthened and for the last 5-10 minutes of the first half the Blues had to defend well to prevent COBRA scoring and the players went in for half time with Ruthin leading 8-3. COBRA continued to make life difficult for the home side in the second half and after having a try judged to be held up winger Matt Jones got over the whitewash with a try converted by Worthington. Now 2 points adrift the Blues were determined to score but a competent COBRA defence denied them until the closing stages of the match. After 4 scrums, a penalty and a free kick all about 5 yards from the COBRA line and after two tries were judged to have been held up scrum half Cai Edwards finally scored under a bundle of players with Jones converting. After a brief foray into Ruthin’s half from the restart the ball was kicked into touch and the Blues came away with a 15-10 win and a game against Abergele in the next round. Ruthin flanker Oliver Powell-Jones was man of the match and was presented with a bottle of champagne by Jonathan Kingsley, Area Manager for Conwy Land Rover, sponsor of the North Wales Cup.
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