Drovers push hard for vic­tory

Cynon Valley - - RUGBY UNION -

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.

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