Both teams failed to perform in this top of the table clash but it was third-placed Llandovery who eventually lost out to league leaders Pontypool at Churchbank. The Llandovery coaching duo of Iestyn Thomas and Geraint Williams were hugely disappointed with the option taking of the Drovers’ back division in the early part of the game when the grand work of the home pack assured some 75% of possession. “We wasted so many chances, kicking when we should have passed, passing when we should have kicked, dummying when we needed to give and generally playing with blinkers,” said Thomas. “You cannot let a side of Pontypool’s class off the hook,” added Williams. “We did in a big way and got punished for it.”
Llandovery led 6-0 after two penalties by fly-half Gareth Jones, but great defence in midfield and around the fringes, allied to some poor Llandovery decision-making, kept the Drovers in check.
Pontypool took a shock lead in the 23rd minute when centre Jonathan Hawker crossed and although Jones kicked a third penalty, wily Pooler fly-half Byron Hayward slipped the Llandovery back row to run under the posts for a converted try and a 14-9 interval lead.
Llandovery switched full-back Nell Clapham to fly-half in an attempt to being more edge to their back play but it was ironic that the home possession now began to dry up, and it was Pontypool who upped the pace, prompted by the excellent and hyper busy Nicky Lloyd at scrum-half. Two Hayward penalties and a try by. Hawker took them to 25-9.
Drovers replacement scrum-half Jamie Roberts went over from close range for a converted try but then a poor pass from Clapham to Jones, who knocked on in his own 22, set up a prime attacking position at the ensuing scrum and Lloyd combined with flanker Sam Waldron to send Woodard dashing over for the conclusive score.