Llandovery 36 RGC 12
Saturday 15th October 2022
Llandovery played with fast ball and pace from the opening minute and RGC struggled to shut them down. This was reflected on the scoreboard when Will Caron-Lewis and Lee Rees crossed the line early on. Jack Maynard hit one conversion.
The Drovers were finding space and making huge yards with the quick ball in hand, but RGC weren’t helping the situation with some missed tackles.
The Gogs needed to get some possession and slow the Llandovery attack but couldn’t get a foothold in the game with set piece or ball in hand. They had very little impact in the Drovers half and finally, after 20 minutes RGC managed to create an attack together when Sam Williams made a great break before setting up Daf Williams but the winger was tackled into touch.
Llandovery were proving more clinical as minutes later they opened up the RGC defence and Jamie Hughes crossed the whitewash. Maynard converted.
Dion Jones made an important tackle when the Drover had numbers wide, but it wasn’t long before Llandovery grabbed the bonus point try when Aaron Warren collected an intercepted pass to run in and give Maynard a simple conversion.
RGC managed to get some points on the board early in the 2nd half when on his 100th appearance Jordan Scott broke through the defence, before the ball found Daf Williams in space and he crossed in the corner.
As much as RGC improved by shutting Llandovery down and nullifying attacks. any feel for a dramatic comeback soon disappeared when the Drovers worked the phases and Joe Powell scored a simple try. You could see from offloads and steps that the home side's confidence was high, and they knew they had the points advantage to move the ball around.
The Gogs 2nd score came after the pack drove to the line and Harri Evans collected the pass to dart in. Dion Jones added to extras.
Llandovery finished the game with try number 6, and made it an afternoon to forget for RGC.
Head Coach Ceri Jones “It’s an extremely hard place to come, and it's even harder when your performance levels are not good enough.
We didn’t have the urgency in the kick chase, or coming off the line and as result we found ourselves way behind on the scoreboard after 20 minutes. They played to conditions with a strong wind and pinned us back well with the kicks”
2nd half we were better and that could be seen in the two tries but realistically we can’t come here to a top 4 side and expect anything with those levels. Our standards need to the higher if we want to be anywhere near the top 4.
The experience both Owain Evans and Paddy Nelson have got will be valuable for 18 years old, and perhaps our hands have been forced with the injuries and availability issues - Afon and Dan out, along with Pedr, Rhys, Brodie.”