2003/2004 WRU National League
Pontypridd 50 v 20 Llandovery
25 October 2003 - Sardis Road, Pontypridd

Match Report

Pontypridd 50 - 20 Llandovery

Llandovery slumped to yet another defeat - leaving them rooted at the bottom of the Premier league. Their position and current form must be of real concern to all Drovers supporters as points are now being racked up so easily against their team. But that is to take nothing away from a Pontypridd side who were well-drilled in the basics.

Llandovery's lineout remains their fatal weakness and one feels until this area is sorted out they will continue to find it difficult to win any games. In open play also the home side's back row held the upper hand, quicker to the breakdown on the majority of occasions to snap up any 50-50 ball.

Home fly-half Lee Thomas was the provider of half his side's points total with four penalties, four conversions and a try as Pontypridd eased into a 24-8 half-time lead. The Drovers, for all their effort and commitment, could only reply with a well taken Ifan Evans try - following up a neat Gareth Jones grubber and a Jones penalty.

The travelling optimists among the 1,000-strong crowd may have held out some hope that a first score in the second half might lead to a dramatic comeback, but the second period almost mirrored the first. The home eight on three occasions scored tries from driving lineouts close to the visitors' line while a kick through, which naively had only been tapped into touch by a home defender, allowed a quick throw in to catch the Drovers' defence napping for the softest of scores under the posts.

Man-of-the-match for the Drovers with his never-say-die attitude and commitment Rob Walters pounced for a try at the base of a retreating Ponty scrum close to their own line. And skipper for the day Ceri Davies's efforts in rousing his pack were rewarded with a charging try after a powerful surge from his forwards. Ricky Williams's conversion brought the curtain down on a comprehensive drubbing.

The West Walians did manage three tries, but the scoreline was a fair reflection.

Team Sheets


Pontypridd Llandovery