THINGS are just champion for talented young rugby players in Ruthin.

It was a cold, wet, blustery and dark afternoon when a determined Ruthin Youth team travelled to Nant Conwy to play in the North Wales Plate final.

The Blues had gained a place in the final after a solid performance against Pwllheli in the last-four some weeks earlier.

Ruthin were underdogs for the final having suffered a heavy defeat against Nant Conwy in a home friendly match at home before Christmas.

Despite this, they were not to be disheartened.

Despite a disrupted bus journey, Ruthin showed composure and bravery to start the game well.

After sustained pressure, Ynyr Rogers scored an early try in the corner.

Nant Conwy responded and the game went to-and-fro, with the hosts scoring twice and Jac Dolben grabbing a try to leave the two teams difficult to separate at half time.

Ruthin showed great team spirit and incredible defence throughout the game.

Nant Conwy went on to score again, before a skilful kick through and touch down by Jac Dolben for the battling Blues.

Ruthin were two points ahead thanks to a successful conversion by Jac Dolben, which hit the cross bar on its way over!

The Blues held the lead through more great defensive work and they controlled possession.

With seconds remaining, they were winning 17-15 and camped on Nant Conwy's line.

Nant were awarded a scrum and when the ball popped out due to Ruthin's pressure, Aled Lewis pounced on the ball to seal the victory.

This was a performance that sent shock waves through the region, and will be remembered for a very long time.

Ruthin showed great determination, self belief and spirit, and deserve praise for bringing the trophy back to the Vale of Clwyd in the hands of team captain Herbie Edwards.