Defeat at Church Bank


On a glorious afternoon at Church Bank it was the home side who ran out winners in this 9 Try thrilling climax to the Principality Premiership. As a result Llandovery finished in second spot in the league behind champions Merthyr. It was the visitors who started the stronger and really dominated the first quarter, indeed this had happened on numerous times throughout the season. They scored their first try on 10 mins when the hosts failed to secure from their own five metre lineout, Prop Ben Leung took the loose ball and bundled over, Ashley Sutton added the extras. Another mistake by the home side saw Nathan Hart scoop up the loose ball in midfield, the ball was eventually moved out wide and wing Matthew Jenkins finished well, again Sutton adding the extras. With just over 10 mins left in the half, the home side got well and truly back into the game. Loose defence and some missed tackles resulted in two tries, centre Ryan Evans, and then skipper Richard Brooks crossed. Outside half Jack Maynard slotted both conversions to level the scores at the half. Llandovery 14 Llanelli 14.

It was nip and tuck in the first ten minutes of the second half but a quickly taken throw in from deep in their own half saw the home backs outstrip the Llanelli defence and centre Rhodri Jones finished off the fine counter attack under the posts, again Maynard added the extras. Then on 57 mins good work down the blind and slick passing resulted in Matthew Jenkins crossing for his second try of the match and with outside half Sutton slotting an excellent touch line conversion, the scores were once again level at 21 apiece. With just over 10 mins left it was anyone’s game, the visitors had a great chance to grab the lead when they had good ruck ball under the Llandovery posts but failed to make the most of the opportunity and allowed the home side to clear their line. This turned out to be a massive turning point as almost immediately full back Aaron Warren was on hand to finish of some fine handling by the home side backs to secure the game. Aaron crossed twice and replacement Kristian Jones scored the home sides six try to finish off the scoring, with Maynard slotting the three conversions to secure that second place league position.

the final result at 42 - 21 was harsh on Llanelli but in the later stages the more powerful home side made the most of their chances and that’s something Llanelli must learn from ahead of what is likely to be a very challenging league next year.


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