The Drovers’ second game of the week, at Pontypool Park, was a very different affair to the Bedwas game, and the Drovers more than met their match in a Pontypool side full of Premier stars and ex Welsh Internationals. With all this talent around him the outstanding player and clearly the man of the match was former Gloucester, Ebbw Vale and Wales player Byron Hayward. The outside half converted all eight Pontypool tries, kicked two penalties and scored a try in a personal haul of 27 points.
Within a minute of the kick off the first points of the game came when lock Gareth Taylor crossed for the first Pontypool try, only for Llandovery to quickly respond when Herman Bosman crossed under the posts. Ben Matthews converted and the score stood at seven all in a game when over ninety points were to be recorded.
Tries came at regular intervals as both sides attempted to move the ball and play open rugby and by half time the score stood at 34-22 in favour of the Gwent side.
In the second half the home side went on to score four more tries and give the final result a much more one sided appearance than the play suggested. Pontypool’s experience was to play a large part in this decisive victory as they never wasted a chance and took each scoring opportunity as it came.
The Drovers, however, although playing an open, expansive game, failed to capitalise on three definite scoring opportunities and only had a Tal Selley try converted by Ben Matthews to show for all their hard work.
Pontypool have a very well drilled side with a number of full time professional players and will be very much the team to beat this season. Llandovery with a young squad should certainly make an impression in the coming matches and coach lestyn Thomas, despite the heavy defeat, was quite up-beat about a lot of the Drovers’ game.