Llandovery
2016/2017 Principality Premiership
Llandovery 40 v 18 Swansea
31 December 2016 - Church Bank, Llandovery
Swansea

Match Report

Llandovery 40 Swansea 18

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By: Paul Hopkins

 

The All Whites’ end of year celebrations didn’t go according to plan after they were comfortably defeated by Llandovery, who qualified for the Premiership top eight.

 

Despite a strong start by the visitors, it was the Drovers who took control either side of half time, outscoring their opponents by six tries to two.

 

In fact, Swansea took the lead after just two minutes when the Drovers’ pack killed the ball. Fly half Jac Wilson kicked the penalty goal.

 

The home side looked to hit back when lock Phil Day charged upfield for his pack to form a ruck. Centre Richard Smith made a half break, but a loose pass was picked up by winger Andrew Claypole, who sprinted clear from his own twenty-two to score. Wilson converted.

 

Llandovery winger Aaron Warren collected a nicely weighted crossfield kick and found Smith in support, but the centre was dragged into touch by the defending Wilson.

 

The home side got their first try when fly half Jack Maynard made a break and offloaded in the tackle to centre Rhodri Jones, who handed a scoring pass to winger Corey Baldwin. Maynard missed the conversion.

 

Both sides made plenty of handling errors, but Drovers number eight Joe Powell took control and charged over half way, with prop Peter Edwards in support. However slow ball meant the All Whites could regroup and they forced a knock on.

 

When flanker Stuart Worrall won good lineout ball just five metres from the line, the pack mauled him forward, but he was held up over the whitewash.

 

The immense pressure by the home side soon told though when they got the ball quickly out of a scrum with full back Lee Rees dancing through the twenty-two and sending Smith over for a try under the posts. Maynard converted.

 

Baldwin used his pace and power to cross the twenty-two and the Drovers spread the ball out to the other wing with Warren sprinting towards the line. He tried to throw a scoring pass to a supporting player but visitors’ scrum half Martin Luckwell prevented him from doing so by tapping the ball down, earning him a yellow card and giving referee Simon Mills no option but to award a penalty try. Maynard converted.

 

Hooker Paul John picked up the ball from the restart and rampaged over the twenty-two, forcing Llandovery offside in midfield. Wilson duly converted the penalty.

 

On the stroke of half time the home side secured a bonus point when Powell made a break from half way and found Baldwin on his shoulder, who did the rest to score. Maynard converted.

 

Half-time:-   Llandovery   26   Swansea   13

 

Llandovery were effectively out of sight just seconds after the interval when Baldwin used his power to run past three tacklers to score his hat trick try in the corner. Maynard converted.

 

When number eight Rory Gallagher was penalised for holding on after the tackle, Maynard opted to kick to the corner. However, replacement lock Adam Thresher won a lineout against the head, which meant the visitors could clear.

 

Swansea tried their best to conjure up an attack and had to settle for attempting to run out of defence. However, when Wilson tried to do this, Smith ripped the ball out of his hands and sent prop Dean Howells over for a try. Maynard converted.

 

The impressive Baldwin then made another break on the wing and found Day in support, who battered his way across the twenty-two. Scrum half Rhodri Davies tried to go on his own, but was caught in possession and gave away a penalty.

 

The All Whites grabbed a consolation try when replacement centre Lee Edgecombe made a superb break in midfield, but was stopped on the try line, only for substitute flanker Gavin Ronan to pick up and dive over to score. Replacement fly half Rory Garrett missed the conversion.

 

Wilson, back on as a blood replacement, embarked on another attack for the Whites and he found Ronan in support, but replacement hooker Jack Cambriani lost the ball over the line.

 

Next up for Llandovery is a trip to Llanelli, while Swansea travel to Neath.

 

Full-time:-   Llandovery   40   Swansea   18

 

Llandovery scorers:

 

Tries:-   Corey Baldwin (15, 40+4, 41), Richard Smith (30), Penalty try (38), Dean Howells (56)

Cons:-   Jack Maynard (31, 39, 40+5, 42, 57)

 

Swansea scorers:

 

Tries:-   Andrew Claypole (7), Gavin Ronan (71)

Cons:-   Jac Wilson (8)

Pens:-   Jac Wilson (2, 40)

 

Yellow cards:-   Martin Luckwell (38)

 

Match facts:

 

Venue:-   Church Bank, Llandovery

Referee:-   Simon Mills

Weather:-   Light rain, 9C

Man of the match:-   Corey Baldwin

Attendance:-   600

 

Llandovery team:

 

15 Lee Rees (rep: Mike Evans 43)

14 Corey Baldwin

13 Richard Smith

12 Rhodri Jones (rep: Craig Woodall 56)

11 Aaron Warren

10 Jack Maynard (rep: James Davies 56)

9 Rhodri Davies

1 Dean Howells (rep: Berian Williams 65)

2 Ryan Williams (rep: Matthew Moore 56 (rep: Jamie Hughes 65))

3 Peter Edwards

4 Bryn Griffiths (rep: Richard Rees 59)

5 Phil Day ©

6 Stuart Worrall (rep: Jake Baker 70)

7 Shaun Miles

8 Joe Powell

 

Replacements:

 

16 Berian Watkins

17 Jamie Hughes

18 Jake Baker

19 Richard Rees

20 Matthew Moore

21 Craig Woodall

22 Mike Evans

23 James Davies

 

Swansea team:

 

15 Luke Griffiths

14 Andrew Claypole

13 Ryan Evans

12 Jedd Evans (rep: Lee Edgecombe 64)

11 Josh Jones

10 Jac Wilson (rep: Rory Garrett 66)

9 Martin Luckwell (rep: Mike Jones 70)

1 Tom Sloane (rep: Richard Murphy 18)

2 Paul John (rep: Jack Cambriani 70)

3 Mitchell Walsh (rep: Sam Martin 56)

4 Jon Fox (rep: Adam Thresher 41)

5 Jay Williams

6 Jon Vaughan © (rep: Gavin Ronan 70)

7 Jack Perkins

8 Rory Gallagher

 

Replacements:

 

16 Jack Cambriani

17 Richard Murphy

18 Sam Martin

19 Gavin Ronan

20 Adam Thresher

21 Mike Jones

22 Rory Garrett

23 Lee Edgecombe

 

 

Attendance: 600

Official : Simon Mills (Wales)

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