Cardiff 32 Llandovery 32

Cardiff struggled to break down a resilient Llandovery side and in the end were fortunate to get three points after a 32-32 draw (with both sides also gaining a four try bonus point). The Drovers started strongly and dominated the opening exchanges, Dafydd Hughes crossing after 7 minutes (Maynard converting). Cardiff finally managed to get in to the Llandovery half and as a ruck broke up Jack Jones decided now would be a good time to head-butt a Cardiff player – leading to an inevitable and immediate red card from referee Gwyn Morris. Gareth Thompson slotted the resulting penalty but Cardiff soon found themselves further behind as Corey Baldwin found space (and poor tackling) to score in the corner. In spite of the man disadvantage Llandovery were still dominating as poor composure from Cardiff failed to impose the numerical superiority. Ben Thomas burst through in midfield to score under the posts (Thompson converting) but before halftime the visitors had scored another try through Josef Powell, Cardiff’s only response being another penalty from Thompson.

Half time – Cardiff 13 Llandovery 19

Cardiff had a greater share of territory and possession in the second half but were let down by some poor handling and the taking of wrong decisions. In spite of the man disadvantage it was Llandovery that opened the scoring in the second half when Aaron Warren scored (Maynard again converting). Cardiff were still struggling with control but seemed to be gaining the upper hand when Edd Howley and Captain Joey Tomlinson (seconds after coming on as a second half substitute) scored for the Blue & Blacks – Thompson converting both.

Jack Maynard slotted a couple of penalties to keep the visitors in contention but with 10 minutes remaining it seemed that the victory would be secured as Llandovery were reduced to 13 men as persistent infringement resulted in a yellow card. With a two man advantage Cardiff worked space for Joe Gatt to dive over wide out and it seemed incidental that Steff Jones narrowly failed with the conversion.

Llandovery refused to be beaten, however, and soon got into position to be awarded another penalty. Maynard, for once, failed with the kick, but confusion in front of the Cardiff posts gave Llandovery a simple penalty. After consulting his assistant the referee downgraded the decision to an attacking scrum. The Drovers won quick ball for Maynard to drop the inevitable goal as the final whistle sounded.

Viv Jones

Viv Jones

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 30 23 0 7 885 593 117
Cardiff 30 22 1 7 991 660 111
Pontypridd 30 22 0 8 1015 580 110
Llandovery 30 21 1 8 856 551 104
Ebbw Vale 30 20 1 9 762 594 95
Aberavon 30 18 2 10 698 603 90
Newport 30 17 2 11 759 700 88
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 30 14 1 15 852 650 85
Swansea 30 16 0 14 674 594 81
Carmarthen Quins 30 13 1 16 637 584 71
Bridgend Ravens 30 12 0 18 689 714 66
Llanelli 30 12 1 17 679 723 63
Bedwas 30 12 1 17 681 830 62
Cross Keys 30 5 1 24 586 1093 36
Bargoed 30 6 0 24 576 1003 35
Neath 30 1 0 29 406 1274 3