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Disappointment at Drovers

Disappointment at Drovers 21 Sep 2019

Llandovery 29 RGC 20

Saturday 21st Sept 2019

RGC gave themselves too much to claw back after a disappointing opening 40 minutes at Church Bank.

A combination of being off the pace in defence and slow in attack enabled Llandovery to head into the break 19-6 ahead.

RGC opened the game well, with Tom Hughes and Will Bryan making some inroads into the home sides half.

The 1st try came from Llandovery when Lee Reece ran in from halfway to score, and although the scrumhalf should good pace questions on how he was allowed the space from RGC will be asked. Maynard hit the extras.

RGC got back into some rhythm with the backline moving the ball well, with winger Afon Bagshaw having a go down the touchline.

Billy McBryde got them on the scoreboard with a well worked penalty.

If that gave them some hope, then the poor restart put them under unnecessary pressure, but they were solid against the Drovers set piece.

Lee Rees was the Drovers dangerman, with some sniping runs from the back of the pack

The Gogs may have looked solid when Llandovery were on their line, but it wasn’t the case when the home side attacked from deep.  Try number 2 was another poor one to concede with some soft tackles and chase defence enabling Llandovery to run the ball from their own 22m line before Jones crossed.

Around the breakdown was also as issue, and in the space of 3 minutes RGC were turned over twice.

McBryde was able to score another penalty, after Tudor and Rogers combined to set up Bagshaw again down the line.

Rees grabbed his 2nd try just before halftime and he darted from the lineout to skip 3 tackles and run over the whitewash. Maynard kicked the conversion for the 13-point lead.

Whatever was said at halftime, then clearly it made a difference with Tom Hughes and Andrew Williams making powerful runs which created some good momentum.  McBryde took capitalised and went over for his sided 1st try, before adding the extras.

Llandovery had an opportunity to increase the lead, but Maynard hooked the penalty wide.

Andrew Williams again made a surging run causing some panic in the visitor’s defence, but his pass couldn’t find the hands of Efan Jones.

RGC upped the tempo in the 2nd half and were the aggressors around the breakdown. Hughes and Bagshaw were next to crash through the gain line but the visitors were able to get bodies in the way.

Another lapse in defensive concentration led to the bonus point try for Llandovery when a run through midfield ended with a Dallavalle try. The boot of Maynard was on point with the kick.

With 15 minutes remaining Tom Hughes gave his side some hope with a try with McBryde bringing the score to 6 points.

Llandovery were able to close the game out, making sure the play was in the RGC half and Maynard put the game out of losing bonus point reach with a penalty.