2012/2013 Principality Premiership
Llandovery 37 v 12 Bridgend
15 September 2012 - Church Bank, Llandovery
Bridgend Ravens

Match Report

Llandovery 37 – 12 Bridgend

What the Papers Say - Huw S Thomas reports:

In their first home match of the season the Drovers racked up another full house of points to add to the maximum points they gained at Cardiff and Neath. The five tries to two victory puts them back on top of the Premiership and on this evidence they will be hard to dislodge. They were quicker in thought and deed throughout the game, with forwards and backs combining seamlessly to put together a flowing entertaining display of rugby.

It took just eight minutes for them to score when a stray kick from Bridgend full back Ashley Evans was gathered by wing Chris Knight who sliced through to send supporting flanker Shaun Miles haring in. Fly half Cerith Rees converted but Bridgend caught the home defence napping when a quick line out throw to Lloyd Peers allowed the young lock to crash over for an opportunist try, well converted by fly half Ben Thomas.

Rees restored the home lead with an easy penalty before a long pass from wing Lee Rees gave the electric Knight the chance to round the defence for the second home try on the half hour.

Bridgend had to work overtime to keep out the hungry Drovers and limited the damage to a second Cerith Rees penalty. The margin should have been greater, Rees missing a dead straight 25 metre penalty on the stroke of half time to leave the score at 18-7.

The Ravens were nothing but game against a better footballing side but were powerless to stop Lee Rees sprinting in after good approach work from No 8 Luke Kendall and full back Rhys Jones. Cerith Rees landed a touchline conversion before the visitors had a good spell of attacking only to find Llandovery defence unyielding.

The usual raft of replacements seemed to disrupt Llandovery more than Bridgend but it was the Drovers who lasted the pace better. They strove for the bonus point with centres Adam Warren and Jack Roberts always threatening and it came when Scarlets Academy hooker Tom Ball burrowed over from close range.

The best was reserved for the last when a thrilling long range attack launched by the brilliant Lee Rees gave scrum half Rhodri Williams the chance to outstrip everyone.

It was only last ditch tackling that kept the Drovers out and Bridgend were rewarded for their bravery with an interception try from replacement Jamie Murphy.

Official : Jonathan Mason (Wales)

Team Sheets


Llandovery Bridgend