2009/2010 Principality Premiership
Llandovery 42 v 10 Pontypool
12 February 2010 - Church Bank, Llandovery

Match Report

Llandovery 42 - 10 Pontypool

Huw S Thomas reports:

The Drovers climbed to eighth position in the Premiership with this comfortable win over a Pooler side devoid of ideas.

Llandovery ran in six tries - four before half-time - to claim a bonus point and complete the double over once-famous Pontypool who look destined to be relegated at the end of the season.

It would be churlish to criticise such a facile win but Llandovery did not play well against a very poor side and threw away at least half a dozen tries through a mixture of indecision, selfishness and carelessness.

Perhaps it is a mark of how high expectations have moved in a year to see so many of the home crowd come away disappointed with a 32 point margin of victory. But if the Drovers are to remain in a top eight play-off position, they will need to be far more precise in build-ups and clinical in their finishing when they meet the likes of Pontypridd, Aberavon and Newport in the coming weeks.

They were lucky, too, to have the services of Scarlets back-row regulars Johnathan Edwards and Josh Turnbull. Turnbull was brilliant. He won line-out ball, tidied up loose ball, covered and tackled with rare gusto, ran with the athleticism of a gazelle and showed the qualities, touches and skills that will surely get him a senior Welsh cap in the not too distant future. The difference he makes to the Llandovery pack is monumental but he was well supported by Edwards and Nio Aiono in the back-row, Steve Martin at lock and the strong -scrummaging front row of Peter Edwards, Emyr Phillips and Craig Cross.

Replacement forwards Owen Evans, and Adam Yelland also contributed much and if the back division could have used the stream of possession better, then the Drovers could have easily scored more than the 68 points they chalked up at Pontypool Park in October.

First-half tries from centre Rhys Williams (2), Turnbull and wing Matthew Jacobs – all converted by fly-half Cerith Rees - gave Llandovery a 28-10 interval lead.

Pooler wing Steve Taylor kicked a penalty and the conversion of an interception try by lively young scrum-half Jonathan Evans but it was completely one-way traffic after the interval. Oodles of possession and territory were wasted by the poor awareness of the home backs, the one bright note the running of Llandovery College wing George North who all but marked his debut with a try. Replacements in scrum-half Gareth James and flanker Lloyd Phillips spiced things up with late tries, both converted by dead-eye Rees who reached 158 points for the season.

The Drovers will not have things so easy this Saturday when they travel to Division One West leaders Tonmwar in the 3rd Round of the Swalec Cup

Llandovery ratings by Huw S Thomas: H Thomas 5; M Jacobs 6 (N Clapham 5), D Rogers 5 (G North 6), R Williams 5, J Ajuwa 5; C Rees 6, R Walters (capt) 5 (G James 6); P Edwards 6 (O Evans 6), E Phillips 7 (A Yelland 6), C Cross 7, M Harbut 4, S Martin 6 (L Tonkin 6), N Aiono 6 (L Phillips) 6, J Turnbull 9, J Edwards 7

Official : Colin Kirkhouse (Wales)

Team Sheets


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