2008/2009 Principality Premiership
Llandovery 18 v 13 Swansea
25 November 2008 - Church Bank, Llandovery

Match Report

Llandovery 18 - 13 Swansea

Huw S Thomas reports:

The Drovers eked out only their second win in 11 league games when getting the better of the All Whites at Church Bank last night.

The win was vital to Llandovery in their efforts to get away from the bottom of the table but Swansea will know that this seventh defeat in 11 games puts them very close to the relegation zone.

Llandovery coach Rob Appleyard had the satisfaction of getting the better of an old All Whites team mate in Swansea coach Richard Webster. "We have been steadily improving and deserved the win" said Appleyard.

Swansea included Ospreys scrum-half Rhodri Wells, whilst Llandovery had one Scarlet – prop Phil John – in their starting line up.

Home lock Matthew Harbut came near to an early try before Swansea fly half James Dixon missed with a 35 metre penalty. The Drovers took the lead after 8 minutes with a penalty from Tomas Marks and the fly half repeated the feat 10 minutes later from point blank range.

Swansea went down to 14 men after No 8 Marc Popham was yellow carded but full back Jonathan Lewis then missed a straight penalty for the All Whites from 30 metres.

Swansea could not put any rhythm to their game in the face of some aggressive Llandovery tackling. Marks missed a 40 metre penalty just before the break but the Drovers continued to press the Swansea line.

The All Whites suffered their second yellow card with the dismissal of full back Lewis for killing the ball and Marks kicked the resulting penalty to make it 9-0. On the stroke of half time Dixon brought the scores to 9-3 with a 30 metre penalty.

Marks missed a drop goal soon after the restart before he and Dixon swapped penalties in a second half that was more evenly contested.

Marks missed a good chance of taking the Drovers further ahead before Swansea conjured up the first and only try of the night. Dixon found a huge touch near the home line and when the All Whites won the line out the pack drove hard to fashion a try for skipper and flanker Matthew Evans. Dixon converted from wide out to gain the away lead for the first time but Llandovery responded with huge determination.

Skipper Rob Walters made a great break to gain field position and allow Marks to put over his fifth penalty of the night. The Drovers were not to be denied and Swansea’ increasing ill discipline at the break down gave replacement fly half Dan Ettridge the chance to secure the home win with a penalty in injury time.

It was no less than Llandovery deserved on the night.

Official : Huw Griffiths (Wales)

Team Sheets


Llandovery Swansea