Llandovery 17 Cardiff 35

Cardiff made it through to their first Cup Final since 2007 as they controlled the game against Llandovery.

Joey Tomlinson led his side out onto the Gnoll as he marked his 100th game for the Blue & Blacks, and in the Neath sunshine it was the skipper who got the scoreboard moving. Edd Howley broke through the Drovers defence to link with Ben Thomas. The centre timed his inside pass perfectly to send Tomlinson over. Gareth Thompson converted and was on target a few minutes later after another Howley break nearly led to try number two. When that was snuffed out the Cardiff back row forced a penalty that the outside half landed for a 10-0 lead.

Jack Maynard got the Drovers going with a long-range penalty but Cardiff were in the mood to run and when they ran at Llandovery from a scrum the ball was worked to the left before coming back the other way. Joe Gatt found room to run at the defence before sending Morgan Allen over. And it got even better when try number three arrived. This time the other wing Max Llewellyn the provider of the scoring pass following great work from Ben Thomas. Edd Howley the scorer. Llandovery got their first try just before half time when Rhodri Jones went over for a score Maynard converted to send them in 20-10 down.

The second half saw Cardiff increase their advantage when a mistake by the Drovers defence put Cardiff on the attack. Eventually the ball was worked to Howley. The full back still had a bit to do, but managed to squeeze over. Llandovery then had their best spell of the game. Lee Rees got reward for their effort, but the Cardiff defence withstood everything that was thrown at them, and when a five metre lineout was pinched and the danger cleared the Drovers heads seemed to go down.

Cardiff could have killed off the game shortly after, three chances going astray. But they were not to be denied. Thompson added a penalty to stretch the lead and as the clock ran down Llandovery tried to run from deep. Thompson though was alert to it and picked off the pass to score and spark scenes of celebration for those in Blue & Black on and off the field.

 

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 27 21 0 6 798 501 107
Llandovery 28 20 1 7 803 492 98
Cardiff 26 19 1 6 771 547 95
Ebbw Vale 28 19 1 8 671 512 90
Pontypridd 25 18 0 7 840 480 89
Aberavon 26 17 2 7 612 490 83
Newport 29 16 2 11 726 678 83
Swansea 28 15 0 13 625 552 75
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 26 12 1 13 669 556 73
Carmarthen Quins 29 13 1 15 616 544 71
Llanelli 29 11 1 17 622 710 58
Bedwas 28 10 1 17 615 786 52
Bridgend Ravens 26 9 0 17 544 651 50
Cross Keys 27 5 1 21 552 925 35
Bargoed 27 6 0 21 522 872 33
Neath 27 1 0 26 379 1069 3