The contest got off to a low key start, but the home team gaining an early territorial advantage, and with Ponty lock Dicomidis sin binned for infringing, Tomos Marks converting the ensuing penalty to put Llandovery ahead with five minutes gone. There was little fluency to the game, as McCarthy pulled wide a penalty attempt for Ponty, and Drovers’ flanker Rob McCusker then sent to the sin bin, the stand out events of an error-strewn affair.
It was Llandovery who finally injected some pace and flair into their play with a snap counter attack, but a promising move typically ending with a knock-on. A concerted phase of pressure from the home side finally paid off as giant prop Peter Edwards barged over for a try which was converted by Marks. Llandovery were by now dominating possession and territory, setting up a series of drives to the visitors’ line and awarded a penalty try from a five metre scrum, which Marks once again converted.
Ponty in response tried hard to build up some momentum, but committing basic errors and with another Tomos Marks penalty easing Llandovery into a comprehensive interval lead of 20pts to 0.
Pontypridd again tried to impose themselves on the game, but losing their own line out ball and pretty much struggling to break into their opponents’ half. A strong scrum and an ability to scavenge possession in the loose at last gave Ponty some impetus upfield, setting up a drive from an attacking line out for prop Sam Hobbs to claim a try, converted by Kristian Baller.
The visitors were now at least competitive, but still lacking any real cutting edge, as play was marred by a fist fight between flankers Rhys Lloyd and Rob Phillips, both despatched to the sin bin. Going into the final ten minutes of the game, Ponty were in vain trying to breach the gain line in an attempt to close down the score deficit, but to no avail. It was the Drovers who struck back with a Tomos Marks penalty, with seventy-five minutes gone, to kill off the game. As Ponty put together one final push into the home half, Llandovery wing Ifan Evans was yellow carded for holding back Baller, but all of little consequence as Ponty were consigned to a comprehensive defeat by 23pts to 7 following a dispirited performance.
15.Adam Thomas. 14.Owen Williams. 13.Lawrence Price. 12.Gavin Dacey (Kristian Baller). 11.Chris Clayton. 10.Gareth McCarthy. 9.Rhys Downes (Andrew Jenkins).
1.Sam Hobbs (Stuart Williams). 2.Rhys Williams (Leighton Davies). 3.Pat Palmer. 4.Grant Harrington (Chris Martenko). 5.Chris Dicomidis. 6.Geraint Lewis (Ryan Savage). 7.Rhys Lloyd. 8.Nathan Strong – cpt.
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