1989/1990 Schweppes Cup
Pontyberem 6 v 7 Llandovery
16 December 1989

Match Report

Pontyberem 6 – 7 Llandovery

Llandovery earned themselves an away tie at Bridgend in the fifth round of the Schweppes Welsh Cup after just pipping hosts Pontyberem in a tight, forward-based battle.

The Pontyberem forwards gained an early advantage with some effective rucking and went in front when full-back Robert Davies supplied the pass for left-wing Arwel Rees to cross for a try. Davies himself speared over a brilliant touchline conversion.

Neither side could claim total command over proceedings, and though Llandovery were awarded a number of penalties full-back Hywel Jones generally opted to kick for touch to gain territorial advantage, and the ploy had a measure of success with the home side penned inside their own half as the interval arrived. 

Soon after the break Llandovery full-back Jones reduced the arrears with a well-taken penalty, and Llandovery were beginning to monopolise possession without quite being able to breach some resolute Pontyberem defensive work.

A good touchfinder by Robert Davies relieved the pressure on the home side a little, and they mounted a good counter-attack on the Llandovery line but full-back Jones remained calm under pressure and cleared his lines.

Llandovery continued to battle for a way through, and eventually were able to open play out a little. This finally paid off as home wing Arwel Rees failed to stop his opposite number Martin Rees diving over in the corner for an unconverted try that ultimately proved to be Llandovery's match-clincher.


Team Sheets


Pontyberem Llandovery