Drovers push hard for victory
PONTYPRIDD .......... 10 LLANDOVERY ......... 30
PONTY played through numerous early phases, probing but without threatening a score, before allowing Llandovery to strike back and draw first blood as outside half Jack Maynard put over a penalty from in front of the posts. The home team suffered another blow as captain Dafydd
Lockyer retired hurt, but still managed to advanced through a Dale Stuckey break only to be defied by a knock-on.
The Drovers pulled further ahead courtesy of another Maynard penalty as Ponty struggled for possession.
The home team finally broke their duck as outside half Ceri Sweeney struck over a penalty only for Llandovery to respond instyle, countering from a fielded box kick to send Maynard cruising in close to the posts, then converting his own try.
Ponty were too often undone by their own errors, allowing Llandovery back into contention. A scrappy first period came to an end with Ponty trailing by 3pts to 13.
It was deja-vu as play resumed, Ponty striving to attack but committing errors which were replicated by Llandovery. The visitors forced a turnover allowing scrum half Lee Rees to launch an opportunist kick and chase to pounce for a try.
A series of attacking scrums ensued before Ponty were rewarded, Sieniawski charging over for a try which Sweeney converted.
The Drovers’ response was emphatic, pressing forward with flanker Stuart Worrall going over, his try converted by Maynard.
As Ponty attempted to attack from all angles, it was Llandovery who struck the decisive blow, a dynamic counter culminating in a try scored by replacement hooker Ricky Guest to register a deserved bonus point win.