Phil Edwards, Mayor of Colwyn Bay is introduced to the Gogledd Cymru team


On a chilly evening Gogledd Cymru succumbed to a heavy defeat at their Parc Eirias home last night (Wed 25th Feb) after both teams had a pre match welcome by Councilor Phil Edwards Mayor of Colwyn.
The home side started brightly exerting pressure on the visitors but could not capitalise on this pressure narrowly missing a long range penalty. It was however the Warriors who took a 6-0 lead with two penalties by fly half Will Runciman.
The English Premiership second string began to dominate proceedings and scored a well executed try following crisp handling by their backs, then shortly afterwards not to be outdone their forwards went over for a push over try. Both tries converted by Runciman to increase their lead to 20-0.
To their credit Gogledd Cymru re grouped with enterprising runs by winger Richie Hopkins and trademark breaks by hooker Andrew Baston which resulted in a successful penalty by Rhodri Carlton Jones making the score 20-3.
The Warriors came back strongly and broke the Gogs line to score a converted try to increase their lead to 27-3 at the break.
The second half started disastrously for the home side conceding three tries in the first 10 minutes all converted by Runciman giving the Warriors an unassailable lead of 48-3.
The visitors were now rampant and despite battling bravely Gogledd Cymru found it difficult to match the power and pace of the Warriors game which resulted in four more tries, three converted by Runciman to make the final score 72-3.
This match was always going be a learning experience for the Welsh boys against a team sprinkled with players with English Premiership experience but it was a salutary indication of the skill, fitness, speed of thought and cohesion needed to compete at this level.