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Rugby union: Mold score emphatic victory over Bala

Mold 24 Bala 11

MOLD head coach Les Byrne’s claim that his side ‘are not renowned for hitting their stride from the kick off’ certainly proved right but they still won well.

It was a dominating performance by the Chester Road side who set up the win with four tries in the first half.

An early lapse of concentration gifted the visitors a try but Mold then shut up shop, soaking up pressure, particularly in the second period, to keep the score at only one try against.

Byrne also declared at the start of the season that his side wouldn’t play their best rugby until later in the year and this has also been the case.

Mold had a poor start to the Swalec League Division One North campaign, season but their last two performances have been especially good.

Byrne has stuck largely with the same injury-hit squad who have played all season, but a few minor tweaks paid dividends against Bala.

Mold’s first score was a push-over try from five metres out with No 8 Alex Green claiming the honours.

A kind bounce gave second rower Patty Hughes Mold’s second and a quick tap penalty on their own 22 metre line by James Kirby gave Richard Hopkins the chance to slice through the opposition to score, Luke Jones converting.

Mold weathered some sustained pressure from Bala but Mike Rodgers broke and fed in Luke Jones to cross the whitewash for Mold’s fourth and final try, which Jones also converted.

A penalty either side of half time saw Bala pull the scoreline back to 24-11 but this is how it was to stay until the final whistle.

Byrne admitted he had made a few late-season alterations in training in an effort to find some consistent good form.

“We freshened up training,” he said. “It's still very intense but shorter and sharper. That’s been the main focus this week. Short and sharp and to the point. We have freshened the guys up so we could go onto the field nice and bouncy and ready to play.

“The last couple of weeks, our mental toughness has slowly started to hit the mark and it was really important for ourselves to have a really good performance and that is what we delivered”.

Mold go to Bro Ffestiniog for their penultimate match of the season on Saturday (2.30pm).