WRU League rugby returned to Tower Fields with Clwb Rygbi Bro Gwernant's first game back in Division Three (North East) against local rivals Ruthin 2nds.

Both teams were looking for a fast start and trying to get hold of the game from the first whistle.

Bro had a youthful back line and were looking to get the ball wide at every chance, and the breakthrough came with some good interplay in the centre and strong running from Matt Jones. The ball got out to the winger for Ryan Davies to go over in the corner.

Ruthin then started to get some ball and were pinning Bro back into the 22.

With persistent infringements from the home team, it was only a matter of time before a yellow card was shown, and it went to Wynn Jones before half time and the score remained 5-0 at the break.

Ruthin came out the blocks quickly in the second half and sliced their way through the centre of the pitch with some strong running and ball handling to score close to the posts for a converted try.

Shortly after that, with Wynn Jones back on the field, Bro were dealt a further blow with a second row being shown a red card for a dangerous tackle.

However, this galvanised the home team and after some good work by the pack and a driving maul, flanker Will Bowen gathered the ball and sprinted through into the corner.

With Bro now 10-7 ahead, both teams started making mistakes.

The home side gave away two penalties in front of the posts and Ruthin didn’t need asking twice and put the ball through the uprights on both occasions to claim a 13-10 advantage.

Bro continued to battle to the end but they just couldn’t break the defence.

“We performed well in many of the areas of the game, but some ill-discipline gave possession away and Ruthin took the points available from the boot," said Bro team manager Huw Evans.

"Going down to 14 men for the final 35 minutes, we showed great character to battle on and in the end the game could have gone either way.

"We now look forward to taking the positives and putting them into the next game away at Flint."