What the Papers Say – Tom Hughes reports:
The Drovers found Bridgend a far tougher proposition than expected and had to be satisfied with the two points for a draw at the Brewery Field.
Bridgend had been well beaten at Church Bank 43-17 on September 21 but, desperate for points to move away from the relegation zone, the Ravens fought hard to deservedly earn a draw with the last kick of the game. Fly half Ross Jones was their hero with his third penalty after having already kicked two penalties and the conversion of a try that he also made.
“We should have sewn it up in the first half as we dominated for long periods,” said Llandovery chairman Handel Davies.
Disappointed coach Lyndon Lewis agreed that it had been a lacklustre performance with wrong options taken and full of inaccuracy. “We mistakenly went for tries rather than kick penalties and it backfired on us. Bridgend came back well at us and had the better of the second half so the draw was a fair result at the end of the day. We must put the performance behind us and rise to the challenge against Llanelli this Friday.”
Llandovery now have 28 points and are level with Cardiff but drop to fourth place in the Principality Premiership by dint of only having won 5 games as opposed to Cardiff's six.
They entertain fellow Scarlets club Llanelli at Church Bank this Friday (KO 7 15 pm) in an effort to close the gap between them and the top two - Pontypridd and Carmarthen Quins.
Against the Ravens, the Drovers looked in control at half time, leading 10-0 through a lineout try from lock Bryn Griffiths and points from the boot of fly half James Garland.
Chances to kick penalties were ignored in an effort to get tries but a lack of precision allied to Bridgend determination to defend their line did not push home the advantage. Neither did the absence of centre Matthew Jacobs help and his cutting edge in midfield was missed.
A Garland penalty pushed them up to 13-0 but they then had to withstand a strong rally by the Ravens. Fly half Ross Jones kicked a penalty before slipping the ball to wing Tom Grabham who went over for a try converted by Jones.
Garland got his third penalty in the 58th minute but Bridgend battled hard to get back into the game. It was Llandovery’s turn to defend and the way was led by skipper Phil Day whose tackling in the last quarter was as impressive as his ball carrying in the first.
Jones put over another penalty to bring it to 16-13 and in a dramatic finale the young fly half kept his nerve to tie the scores with the last kick of the game.