Llandovery
2013/2014 Principality Premiership
Llandovery 10 v 10 Aberavon
05 April 2014 - Church Bank, Llandovery
Aberavon

Match Report

Llandovery 10 – 10 Aberavon

What the Papers Say – Huw S Thomas reports:

In their last home league game of the season the Drovers were very fortunate to salvage a draw against vastly improved Aberavon. All the play in the second half was in Llandovery territory and Aberavon had chance after chance to win the game, only to be denied by some desperate defence.

The equalising try came in the fourth minute of stoppage time through full back Richard Carter, and centre Richard Thomas missed the conversion. A minute later Carter missed a long range penalty to win the game.

Llandovery will go into next week's Swalec Cup semi final at a disadvantage after their most unconvincing display of the season whilst Aberavon will take much confidence into their semi final with Pontypridd.

Flanker and skipper Phil Day, who has been at the club four seasons, and wing Sam Soul for six, made their 100th appearance for the Drovers but they were the first to admit that lady luck was with them.

A greasy ball made catching and handling difficult on a grey and dank day and early exchanges were even, albeit mainly in Aberavon territory. Llandovery refused some easy points by going for the try and it paid off when a surging scrum earned them a penalty try, converted by fly half Ian Brooks.

The Wizards were in no way overawed by second placed Llandovery and hit back with an opportunist try from left wing Mike Powell who latched on to a dropped pass in midfield to sprint home from 60 metres.

Brooks hit a straight penalty to make it 10-5 but even with the wind the Drovers found it difficult to establish any dominance in the face of some committed and aggressive forward play. They were second best at the contact area and also made life difficult for themselves with some wayward passes and poor kicking for position.

Aberavon turned around more than satisfied at holding the home side to a five point margin and looked far better than their tenth position in the league might indicate. The Drovers pack looked more together but had a real fight on their hands defending into the wind.

Brooks missed a 30 metre penalty and more sloppy passing gave the Wizards a prime attacking position. They failed to capitalise but kept on the attack with a series of lineouts and rucks which all but brought a try. Ten minutes of continuous pressure tested Llandovery defence to its utmost and the dam finally burst when Carter came dashing into the line to dive over for the equalising try four minutes into injury time.

Attendance: 400

Official : Simon Rees (Wales)

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