Tondu halted their slide down the First Division table with a splendid victory over Llandovery at Pandy Park last night. Following defeats by Llanharan, Newbridge and Carmarthen Quins, it was important that Tondu, one-time leaders of the division, arrested that poor run and picked up some valuable points against a team who have been making hay themselves in recent weeks.
It was never going to be easy as Llandovery had slammed Blackwood 41-16 on Saturday and arrived in the Bridgend suburbs in confident mood. And when the Drovers took the lead 25 minutes into the game with an unconverted try by impressive centre Tracey Lewis, who ran in from 22 metres, it looked as though they might be on their way to an 11th victory of the season.
But Tondu were fired up for the occasion and soon went ahead themselves. Hooker Adrian Phillips went over for a fine try which fullback Mark Jones converted. A Jones penalty put Tondu 10-5 in front at the interval. Llandovery reduced the deficit with a penalty by fly-half Gary Williams soon after the break but then came Tondu's best try of the night. An interpassing movement between Mark Jones and Jonathan Rimmer resulted in Jones touching down and then converting to extend the home advantage.
Llandovery full-back Neil Clapham scored a fine individual try which Williams converted to give the visitors a ray of hope. However victory was sealed for Tondu in injury time when centre Mark Tatchell crossed for their third try which went unconverted. This was Tondu's 11th triumph in 16 matches and took them above Blackwood and Bedwas into fifth place in the table.