Llandovery shot into an early lead, their outside half Tomos Marks taking a quick tap penalty and darting over unopposed for a try with just two minutes gone. The visitors were enjoying a greater share of possession, but also racking up a significant penalty count through their infringing, with Ponty full back Kristian Baller off target with a couple of long range shots at goal.
Ponty were struggling to build up any kind of momentum, despite their opponents being serially penalised, the game advancing into its second quarter as a low key encounter lacking any spark. A counter attack at pace by the Drovers saw wing Owain Rowlands going close to scoring before Ponty advanced to set up a kickable penalty opportunity, but Dai Flanagan’s effort drifting wide. The home team at last were able to put together some phases of attack, only for Llandovery once more to counter, with Chris Clayton pulling off a try saving tackle on his opposite Owain Rowlands. It was ultimately a penalty well converted by Tomos Marks which made an impact on the scoreboard, giving Llandovery an interval lead of 0pts to 8.
Ponty made an explosive start to the second period, a break from Gavin Dacey freeing winger Lewis Williams on a run in for a try. The home team seemed set to move up a gear, instigating a sweet passing move rounded off with a try for Dacey, which was converted by Flanagan with forty-six minutes gone. Ponty were by now more structured, cleaning out possession and playing through some well worked phases. It was Llandovery however who made a breakthrough, making an interception in broken play then driving to the line for hooker Emyr Phillips to claim a try, converted by Marks.
The Drovers continued to impede and infringe, with their lock Rhydian Geriat dispatched to the sin bin, and Dai Flanagan converting the ensuing penalty for Pontypridd. It was all square going into the final quarter of the game, but Ponty then kicking away possession in their own twenty-two, allowing their opponents to strike back with a try scored by centre Rhys Williams and converted by Marks.
In need of some impetus to salvage something from the game, Ponty got their act together with some fine support play, working an overlap for replacement Lawrence Price to cross for a try, with a wide angle conversion to follow from Dai Flanagan. A lengthy period of injury time ensued, with a Flanagan penalty attempt going agonisingly close, but no score to break the deadlock. A game which produced few highlights, but which was a hard fought affair, ended in stalemate at 22pts apiece.
15.Kristian Baller (Lawrence Price). 14.Lewis Williams. 13.Gavin Dacey. 12.Mike Davies. 11.Chris Clayton. 10.Dai Flanagan. 9.Andrew Jenkins (Rhys Downes).
1.Stuart Williams. 2.Huw Dowden (Leighton Davies). 3.Sam Hobbs (Ryan Harford). 4.Ryan Savage (Chris Martenko). 5.Chris Dicomidis. 6.Rhys Lloyd. 7.Wayne O’Connor. 8.Nathan Strong – cpt (Geraint Lewis).
“Golden Bob” man of the match – Rhys Lloyd
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