2011/2012 Principality Premiership
Llandovery 16 v 12 Bedwas
21 January 2012 - Church Bank, Llandovery

Match Report

Llandovery 16 – 12 Bedwas

What the Papers Say - Huw S Thomas reports:

Llandovery recorded their 13th win in 19 league outings to go six points clear of Neath at the top of the Principality Premiership. With three quarters of the season gone, the Drovers are lively contenders for the title but have played far more games than their most serious challengers, none of whom were in league action on Saturday.

With seven games left coach Lyndon Lewis must target at least five more wins if the Drovers are to make the top three and the end of season play offs for the title. They have two home games coming up against Swansea and Cross Keys and will be desperate to get two wins.

Bedwas – well coached by the astute long-serving Steve Law - have always caused the Drovers a lot of problems and the visitors were going for a fifth consecutive win over their Premiership opponents. Outplayed in the first half, they dominated the second period under their outstanding captain and No 8 Deri Mattravers and it was only great defensive work by the home side that denied the visitors at the death.

In a free flowing first half Llandovery had the advantage of a strong wind but Bedwas defended well to restrict the score to 10-0 at the interval. A great home try from centre Adam Warren was the result of slick handling and fine continuity from backs and forwards alike. Fly half James Garland converted and also added a penalty but also hit the bar with a 30 metre kick.

Full back Lee Rees thrilled the home crowd with some fine sidestepping runs and, if it had not been for some hesitant finishing in sight of the try line, the Drovers would have been comfortably more than 10 points ahead.

Bedwas rallied bravely in the second half, with their forwards counter rucking with huge gusto to monopolise possession and force the home defence into errors. The Premiership's top points scorer, fly half Richard Powell, closed the gap to 10-9 with three penalties in very quick succession and an upset looked very much on the cards.

Garland and Powell swapped penalties in a frenetic finale to make it 13-12 before Llandovery back rowers Shaun Miles and Luke Kendall carried ball deep into the Bedwas half. A third Garland penalty gave Llandovery a four point buffer but it took a magnificent try saving tackle by lock Shaun Jones on wing Ross Wardle to get the Drovers home with very little to spare.

Principality Man of the Match: Shaun Miles (Llandovery)

Official : Greg Morgan (Wales)

Team Sheets


Llandovery Bedwas