RUTHIN have kept their WRU League Division One (North) title hopes alive with a notable success.

Caernarfon travelled to Cae Ddol boasting an undefeated record in the league, however it was Ruthin who prevailed by a 16-12 margin following a thrilling encounter.

This means second-placed Ruthin are six points behind leaders Nant Conwy, who were able to secure a 30-7 success at Bethesda.

There was some early Ruthin pressure, but Caernarfon managed to keep them out as they won a penalty to relieve things.

An unconverted try from Bedwyr Jones did put the visitors in the lead after 10 minutes, while the Blues responded with their opening points, which came via Deian Williams' penalty.

Ruthin had the better of the territory as the half developed, but they couldn't add to their tally.

Caernarfon did have a chance to extend their advantage, but Guto Pierce was off target with his penalty attempt.

The ferocity in the respective defences continued when the second half got underway.

Ruthin were mainly on the front foot and they gained the lead for the first time with 17 minutes left to play.

Owain Jones got the key try and Nathan Jones was on hand to slot over the extras.

However, Caernarfon got their noses back in front in the 70th minute.

After some sustained pressure, Rhydian Williams came up with the try, which was duly converted.

Within two minutes, Ruthin had the lead once more.

Nathan Jones held his nerve to convert a penalty and the Blues had a slender 13-12 advantage.

At the other end, Aled Jones had a penalty attempt of his own with two minutes remaining, but he was unsuccessful.

A big kick from Iestyn Davies then helped Ruthin to win a penalty in the last minute.

Nathan Jones stepped up to secure another three points and seal success for the hosts.