Gogledd Cymru 20 Waterloo 14

The Gogs travelled to Waterloo on Wednesday 26th Aug, following an invitation from ex Gogledd Cymru and Wales second row Steve Moore for an evening kick off, preseason friendly. Steve is currently coach of Waterloo.
Jon Aby's team had considerable strength in the back line but the pack was depleted by holidays, work and injury. However, led by an inspirational performance by captain Will Bown(Llangefni), at 8; debutante openside Alun Jones (Cobra), centre Harri Morgan(Ruthin) playing out of position at 6 and late replacements Rhodri Owen (Llangefni) and Tom James (Bro Ffestiniog) moulded into the patterns of play of regulars Andrew Baston (Sale). Tom Hughes (Bala), Llion Trefor (Sale) and Dave Blackwell. The pack gained the ascendancy particulary in the latter stages of the game and were rewarded with tries by Owen and James.
Outside the scrum Gogledd Cymru had a strong hand. With the exception of 10, two players competed for each of the back positions. Christian Lille was scintillating in attack although in just failing to hold a well timed pass from centre Steffan Morgan(Ruthin) he missed and ambitious and well deserved try. His running out of defence always troubled Waterloo and on two occasions his darting runs were excellently finished by fellow wing Ioan Davies (Nant).
In the end it was four tries to one. Gogledd gifted three penalties and without a recognised goal kicker, failed at all the conversions.
This was a good start for the Gogs. Two years ago they were soundly beaten 37-0 by Waterloo.