May­nard clinches late draw

Llanelli Star - - Rugby -

JACK May­nard thought his 79thminute penalty had done the trick to earn his side three points at the Arms Park, but he saw his 40-me­tre shot come back off the cross­bar.

But a minute later the Llan­dovery gen­eral kept his cool to en­sure the scores ended even with a drop-goal with the last kick of the match.

It was noth­ing less than the Drovers de­served for their ef­fort, which was made all the harder by the 17th-minute dis­missal of lock Jack Jones for a butt and the 70thminute sin-bin­ning of re­place­ment for­ward Mor­gan Jones.

“It was a re­ally good re­sult for us af­ter we lost Jack so early,” said May­nard. “I knew when I was lin­ing up the penalty there was a breeze and it was on my limit. I struck it well, but it hit the cross­bar. Then we went for the try, although once we didn’t get to where we wanted off first phase it got to a point where we had to set up the drop shot.”

Dafydd Hughes, with an out­ra­geous dummy, Corey Bald­win and the out­stand­ing Stu­art Wor­rall all crossed for Llan­dovery in the first half and Aaron War­ren got the fourth three min­utes into the se­cond half.

It meant Cardiff were al­ways chas­ing the game. Ben Thomas broke through for a first-half try and Ed How­ley scored in the left cor­ner, re­place­ment Joey Tom­lin­son scored with his first touch and Joe Gatt was worked over with the Drovers down to 13 men.

But May­nard had the last laugh as he lev­elled things up.

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