What the Papers Say – Huw S Thomas reports
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A draw was an eminently fair result in this local derby at Church Bank, a penalty by home fly half Jack Maynard drawing the scores level with the very last kick of the game writes Huw S Thomas.
The Quins travelled up the Tywi valley in expectation of regaining second place in the table and a draw was just enough to take them a point clear of Aberavon into the runner up spot.
They were the better side in the first half but had to withstand a whole load of pressure in the second half before having to be content with the draw,
Llandovery coach Euros Evans seemed more disappointed at the result than opposite number Emyr Phillips.
“We monopolised possession in the second half and really should have score more than the one try” said Evans” but fair play to the Quins they put in some huge tackling in the last five minutes”
“Two points are better than one but it’s two points lost too.”
Fly half Steffan Marshall – one of eight Drovers in the Quins squad – gave the visitors a 6th minute lead with a 40 metre penalty and the penalties flowed in quick succession as Llandovery continued to transgress in the loose.
A close range line out fashioned a try for hooker Dom Booth, converted from wide out by Marshall kept up the pressure.
Out of the blue Llandovery looked to have struck back only for a try by wing Harri Doel to be overturned by the touch judge and then fly half Jack Maynard missed a 35 metre penalty from a far from difficult position.
The Drovers started to gain more possession and probed hard for their opening score in the approach to half time only to find the Quins tackling and covering top class.
Scrum half Gareth Rees then made a clean break for the Quins but ran out of support against a quick back tracking Llandovery defence,
The Drovers had a late chance to reduce the deficit in first half injury time and scrum half Dafydd Land was all but over on the snipe before the Quins forced a knock on near their own line.
On the stroke of half time the home forwards were held up in-goal before referee Whitehouse immediately signaled the end of the first half with the Quins 10-0 up.
The game was thrown wide open when a break from centre Rhodri Jones sent lock Joe Powell galloping home from 25 metres, Maynard adding the conversion to make it 10-7 with just a minute of the second half gone.
It was all Llandovery for a while and Maynard slotted a close range penalty to bring the scores level going into the last quarter.
Both sides probed hard and on 75 minutes Marshall had the chance to sink his old club, hitting a 45 metre penalty straight and true for a 13-10 lead.
All seemed lost but the Drovers threw everything at the Quins defence and the forwards were held up on the line half a dozen times in a frenetic finale.
They finally forced a penalty under the Quins posts and with the last kick of the game Maynard tied the scores for the two points.
Try: J Powell
Con: J Maynard
Pens: J Maynard (2)
Try: D Booth
Con: S Marshall
Pens: S Marshall (2)
Llandovery: G Thomas; H Doel, K Jones, R Jones, A Warren; J Maynard, D Land; D Dallevalle, R Guest, L Green, J Jones, J Powell, I Rees, R Brooks (capt), S Worrall
Replacements: B Watkins, J Hughes, A Rees, R Jones, S Miles, C Evans, R Williams, S Maynard
Quins: D Ford; J Newman, N Reynolds, J Batcup, M Griffiths; S Marshall, G Rees; K Matthews, D Booth, C Allen, J Price, H Pugh (capt), E Siggery, L Reynolds, L Millin
Replacements: O Evans, T Ball, J Thomas, S Lloyd, D James, B Leung, L Taylor, S Jones