Llandovery 38 Bedwas 17

What the Papers Say – Huw S Thomas reports
Copyright Huw S Thomas, and used by kind permission of Huw S Thomas

Llandovery had won in a canter 52-30 at Bridge Field back in September but this time they stuttered and stumbled through to eventually get a bonus point win.

They move up to sixth in the table with 60% of the 30 match league programme completed.

The Drovers included the 12 times capped Scotland scrum half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne – one of four Scarlets in their line up – and the Scot was the pick of the home backs with his sharp service and eye for the gap.

Last capped against Argentina in June 2018, he formed a classy half back partnership with Llandovery leading score Jack Maynard who was making his 100th appearance for the club after short spells with Bedwas and Cardiff.

Home coach Euros Evans was straight talking as ever.

“We played poorly in the first half, improved a little after the break but we were far short of what we are capable of.”

“Take nothing away from Bedwas who have always given us a hard game” said Evans “ and they pushed us harder that the score-line suggests.”

“Luckily Rhodri Jones scored two fine tries in the second half and that took all the pressure off us.”

“We are up to sixth place and one or two more wins should see us safe from any threat of relegation.”

A driven line out soon brought Llandovery success, No 8 Emyr Price getting the touchdown, and fly half Jack Maynard converting but Bedwas were quickly on the scoreboard with a 30 metre penalty from fly half Evan Lloyd.

Llandovery did not take advantage of a yellow card for Bedwas centre Adam Williams and were finding it hard to finish off some promising attacks.

The Scarlets back three of Tomi Lewis, Harri Doel and Morgan Williams made strong runs but either went too far on their own or failed to put support clear.

Bedwas grew in confidence as the half drew to a close and Lewis had to do two great covering tackles – on centre Tom Hoppe and then wing Kane Teear-Bourge – to deny the visitors a try just before the break.

Replacement prop Dino Dallavalle put the Drovers ahead soon after the break but this was immediately cancelled out by a fine solo effort from Bedwas wing Jordan Evans who eluded weak tackles on his way to the line.

With both tries converted it was just 14-10 to the home side before a Maynard 30 metre penalty made it 17-10.

Llandovery stepped up the pace with the introduction of Joe Powell lifting the forward effort and the industrious Hidalgo-Clyne twice put centre Rhodri Jones bursting through on a fine angle for tries converted by Maynard.

Bedwas stuck to their task with a will and a series of forward surges worked in lock Jonathan Davies with full back Josh Scrivens adding the extras.

The visitors sniffed a losing bonus point with evergreen 44 year old replacement Deri Mattravers prominent but it was Llandovery who got the last word when Williams jinked through to find replacement scrum half Scott Maynard at hand, his younger brother Jack converting for a personal 13 point haul.

Llandovery: T Lewis; H Doel, C Evans, R Jones, M Williams;J Maynard, S Hidalgo-Clyne; J Hughes, R Guest, L Green, R Jones, J Jones (capt), I Rees, E Price, S Worrall

Replacements: D Dellavalle, B Watkins, M Moore, J Powell, R Brooks, G Thomas, R Williams, S Maynard

Bedwas: J Scrivens; J Rees, T Hoppe, A Williams, K Teear-Bourge; E Lloyd, T Rowlands; B Toms, M Dacey, R Hutcherson, G Allen, C Hudd, J Davies, N Hudd (capt) J Armitage,

S Cochrane, A Rees, C Budgen, D Mattravers, B Hill, L Crane, J Chilcott, L Bowden.

Tries: R Jones (2), E Price, D Dallavalle, S Maynard
Cons: J Maynard (5)
Pen:J Maynard
Tries: J Rees, J Davies
Cons:E Lloyd, J Scrivens
Pen:E Lloyd

Cardiff 16 13 0 3 396 243 61
Carmarthen Quins 17 10 3 4 372 278 54
Aberavon 16 11 0 5 371 272 53
Llandovery 16 9 2 5 344 285 48
Pontypridd 18 10 0 8 394 376 47
Merthyr 18 8 0 10 362 374 44
RGC 1404 17 8 1 8 409 381 43
Newport 15 7 0 8 294 278 37
Swansea 17 7 0 10 246 292 35
Llanelli 15 6 0 9 293 412 27
Ebbw Vale 17 4 2 11 283 351 27
Bridgend Ravens 18 3 0 15 271 493 19