Abergele started well in this North Wales Cup 2nd round match and after missing a penalty goal kick in the first few minutes were 7 points up with a try from Ed Davies converted by Ian Marshall. Ruthin spent virtually the whole of the rest of the 40 minutes of the first half in the home side’s territory but were unable to penetrate a solid defence until 2 minutes before the break when centre Iestyn Davies sped over the line for a try. Centre Nathan Jones converted and the teams went in after 40 minutes 7 points apiece. In the second half the Blues defended early Gele attacks and then launched their own attack and after some good scrummaging drove over for a try by Arwyn Davies converted by Jones. The Blues withstood a lively Gele counterattack for a while but couldn’t stop a try when the ball was passed out to the wing and Josh Woods scored. With the score at 14-12 to Ruthin the Blues went on to the attack again but a cruel interception in their own 22 allowed Jack Gronow to run the length of the pitch without challenge to score Gele’s 3rd try again converted by Marshall. For the last 20 minutes the Blues battered the Gele defence and got over the line a couple of times only for the tries to be disallowed and the score remained at 19-14 to the home side at full time. Ruthin will rue not getting more points on the board in the first half and despite their spirited display will not be progressing further in the cup this season and can concentrate on the league with their next test away at Mold next week.
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