Llandovery College (U17’s) v Rydal (U17’s) (A) W 42 - 5
Llandovery travelled to Welshpool with a young squad of 22 players and an element of uncertainty as matches against Rydal had been discontinued for a number of years.
Within 60 seconds of the start following a Rydal fumble from the kick off and several clumsy attempts to tidy up the bouncing ball, Jac Wilson picked up and darted over for a try converted by Owen Howe.7-0.
The second try followed shortly after a break by Lloyd Rogers and quick recycling from the ruck saw the ball passed back to the blindside from Daf Hughes to Lee Taylor. Owen Howe converted. 14-0.
Although playing into a strong wind in the first half LLandovery had most of the possession and territory. The next try came from Owen Howe who chipped into the wind,re-gathered his kick and offloaded to tim Harvey for Chris Williams to score. Owen Howe converted. 21-0.
Right on the stroke of half-time Chris Williams scored again soon after following a scrummage and ran the length of the field. Owen Howe converted. 28-0.
The second half was going to be easier with the wind at the College’s back but the College kept most of its possession in hand. Ten minutes after the re-start a good pass from Lloyd Rogers to James Stevenson who then off-loaded to Lee Taylor who went over for his second try. Owen Howe converted 35-0.
The College’s final try came from a blind side break from a scrum on the half way. Dan Brooks passed to Lloyd Rogers who sped over for a try. Owen Howe converted to round off a splendid kicking display in very difficult conditions. 42 – 0.
Rydal took some consolation from a quick tap penalty which was passed along the line for a try wide–out. 42-5
After half term the U17’s will play against Millfield.
14th September 2011
The 2nds lined up against a much larger Lampeter side in their first game of the season on 14th September. Early on, Llandovery held off the Lampeter pressure well, however the stubborn resistence was eventually broken.
Llandovery sprang to life and began to take control taking a narrow lead into half time with scores from Cian Evans and James Barrett.
In the second half, Lampteter regained control and despite a score from S J Mahon, led 29 - 19 with 20 minutes to go. However, with some inspirational tackling from man of the match Tom Daoud and some less successful attempts from Ben Gee, Alistair Mackinnon crossed to bring Llandovery within striking range.
In the final 5 minutes, a stable platform provided by the forwards allowed Joseph Hughes to pop the ball to captain Tim Harvey, sho crossed to give Llandovery the victory.
The performance of individuals such as Corey Griffiths who sustained a shoulder injury after a massive hit in the first half, S J Mahon who terrorised the opposition defence in the second half and Tom Daoud who earned the man of the match award, leave us in good stead for the season to come.
Report by Tim Harvey