What the Papers Say - Huw S Thomas reports
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The pressure was on Llandovery after two consecutive league defeats in the West Premiership but they bounced back in style to outscore Bridgend five tries to one at Church Bank. In so doing, they completed the double over the Ravens, adding this clear cut victory to the 31-13 win at the Brewery Field back on September 2.
They retain second position in the league behind RGC who were convincing winners over Llanelli at Parc Y Scarlets.
Llandovery coach Euros Evans was a relieved man after this win against the Ravens. “We underperformed seriously against RGC and it was vital that we got back on track with a win. Bridgend gave us a hard game and put us under a lot of pressure at one stage but our defence - suspect against RGC – was outstanding.”
“In attack, we more far more clinical and alert behind the scrum and to get five tries against an improving Bridgend side confirms our recovery. It was also pleasing that we were able to give more game time to young players like prop Scott Jenkins and lock Morgan Jones and experiment with Kristian Jones at full back. It will stand us in good stead not only for this season but for the future.”
Losing coach Matthew Silva was in no way downhearted.
“To win at Church Bank is a difficult call but we gave them a hard game without perhaps ever really threatening. The key to it all was in the first half when we had 10 minutes of sustained pressure in their 22 but could not crack a sound defence.
“We all know of their attacking flair and with space and time they are deadly behind the scrum. Some of their tries were top class but we were never overawed and it is all part of a learning process for a lot of young players.”
Best of the home tries was from fly half Jack Maynard. After converting an early try by impressive flanker Emyr Price, the fly half scored a brilliant solo try, dummying through on half way before fending off three tackles on his way to the line.
The Ravens had a lot of the play but their only score came from promising young fly half Cai Evans – son of former Wales wing and captain Ieuan Evans – who kicked a goal.
The Drovers replied immediately, with Maynard again dummying his marker before sending full back Kristian Jones racing in under the posts for another converted try and a 21-3 interval lead.
Wing Lee Williams secured the bonus point when he charged down a kick by full back Tyler Williams but to their credit Bridgend kept in attacking mode. But so did the Drovers and ever-mobile hooker Dafydd Hughes got a fifth home try when some slick passing from his backs sent him strolling over.
Llandovery replacement flanker Shaun Miles was yellow carded late on and the impressive Evans got a well deserved consolation try which he converted.