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2012/2013 Match Reports

Saturday 10th November
Llandovery College Under 15 Vs Millfield Under 15 (W 28-25)

The Under 15 rugby team enjoyed the perfect start in what can only be described as a humdinger of a game away at Millfield in Somerset. A break down the right touchline and a clever kick through from Theo Davies-Lewis put Millfield under pressure deep inside their own 22. The home team showed their ambition early on trying to run the ball from their own try line but the Llandovery defence was solid and after 3 phases an attacking scrum was awarded by the referee. Hallam Corbett-Jones was on hand to finish of the attack and score his first try of the season. Theo Davies-Lewis converted for a 7-0 lead.

The nerves settled only for Millfield to answer with a score of their own and then another for a 10-7 lead. Llandovery looked dangerous with the ball and it was not long before the forwards had another opportunity to assert themselves in the scrum just outside the Millfield 22. Brychan Williams picked up from the base and whilst the ball did not reach his intended target it bounced off a defender into the arms of Theo Davies-Lewis who went over in the corner. He converted his own try bringing his points tally to 9.

Millfield scored again this time against the run of play and finished the half on top 15-14.

The second half was a fast paced end-to-end affair with neither team able to finish off a scoring move. It was the home team who eventually broke the deadlock with 15 minutes left in the match scoring in the same corner that Llandovery had scored in during the first half. Thanks to some poor kicking Llandovery remained a single score behind at 20-14 and from another scrum in Millfield territory Andy Ryan picked up at the base and passed to Harry Randall who beat 2 defenders on the way to the try line. Theo Davies-Lewis again converted to give a very slim lead to Llandovery.

Millfield showed why they are rated as one of the best rugby schools in the country in their refusal to lie down and with only 3 minutes left Millfield struck what looked to be the killer blow with a score under the posts. Another missed conversion left the Whites (playing in blue) traling 25-21 with 2 minutes left.

What happened next rivals the final of the 1968 Olympics water polo between Poland and Austria for excitement.

Harry Randall took a quick restart chipping the ball 10 metres for him to chase. On gathering the ball Harry managed to get to his feet and make a further 5 metres into the Millfield half. George Lewes carried the ball another 5 metres and when Millfield did not roll away in the tackle the referee awarded a penalty just outside the 22. Harry again thinking quickly, took the quick tap and ran through the Millfield line which was still retreating the 10 metres from the penalty. Theo Davies-Lewis added the extras leaving Millfield with a final play to score. Heart rates soared as Millfield won the ball from the kick off but the Whites held on for an agonising 30 seconds until the ball was lost in contact and the final whistle blew.

Man of the Match: Harry Randall for a stellar performance and a moment of magic.

Special mention: Theo Davies-Lewis for kicking all four conversions including 1 from the touchline.   

Wednesday 10th October 2012
Llandovery College Under 15 XV vs Builth High School (W 44 - 7)

The under 15 rugby team ran in 8 tries against Builth on Wednesday. Faced with a much bigger pack and missing front row talisman Greg Thompson the home pack had their work cut out from the start. It was not long before the front row of Nick Hughes, Ifan Owen-Davies and Mathew Whitaker began to dominate the tight exchanges. Andy Ryan scored the first try after space opened up in front of him from 30 metres out. Brychan Williams scored the first of his two tries with another powerful run. He then turned provider off the base of a scrum performing a simple move with the scrum half and winger. Jorge Collings had an easy job to finish the move and add to his personal tally for the season. Theo Davies-Lewis chased a well-placed grubber kick and gathered just in time to ground the ball. Man of the match Harry Randall added his name to the score sheet with a cheeky effort before pulling off the tackle of the match to save a certain try. As if that wasn’t enough he also stole the ball and ran 50 metres to get away from the danger. Builth managed a late try to take home with them but only after Brychan, Harry and Andy added a second try each to take the score into the forties. The team has progressed extremely well since the first game and have now won 5 games in a row.

Saturday 15th September
Llandovery College U15 V Bedstone College U15  (W 73 - 7)

After a 2.5 hour bus journey the Under 15 rugby team took to the field with time for a lap of the pitch to warm up.

It was clear from the first whistle that there was only one possible outcome and after a strong carry from Greg Thompson the first of 11 tries was just a formality.

The backs showed great composure and good handling for the second score. A strong scrum on halfway gave clean ball for the new midfield of Harry Davies (fly half), Hallam Corbett-Jones and Matt Taylor (centres) who quickly spun the ball out wide for winger Tomi Lewis to race ahead and eventually give a neat inside ball to Theo Davies-Lewis for the score. Only moments later Tomi Lewis was again racing down the right touchline but this time he had the space to get away clean and score a well-deserved try. Bedstone were struggling to contain the Llandovery pack with Greg Thompson and Nick Hughes demolishing the scrums and their lack of tackling practise showed when Cameron Petrie shoved his way over the line. Brychan Williams scored a similar try of his own 2 minutes later after a typical bullocking run from the beast of Bethlehem. The next kick-off and Bedstone were again on the rack following a dazzling run by Scarlets scrum half Harry Randall whose speed and strength were too much to handle. In the second half Llandovery continued in the same fashion and forwards Nick Hughes and Man of the match Andrew Ryan caused havoc in the loose with the latter scoring 2 tries. Harry Davies playing is first game at fly half spotted a gap for himself to score a try and then moments later he bagged a second to round off a confident performance.

The game was finally put to bed when Jorge Collings came off the bench to complete his recovery from a hamstring injury. The flyer was only on the field a matter of seconds before he was scoring what must be the first of many tries in a white shirt. He scored his second with his next touch of the ball again leaving the defence in his wake.

Bedstone were able to muster an attack in the final 5 minutes and after some fantastic defence the pressure eventually told and Bedstone were awarded a consolation try.

The Under 15 rugby team are now looking forward to facing Pen y Dre on Wednesday in what is always a tough fixture and after some 3 weeks of hard work the team is coming together to look like fulfilling the Under 15 legacy.

 

 

2011/12 Match Reports

Wednesday 12th October
Llandovery College U15 XV v Amman Valley (H) W 45 - 14

The under 15 rugby team won another game in convincing style against a very big Amman Valley team. The backs ran in 6 tries between them and Elis Staines was on hand to finish a neat chip and chase after Josh Davies was tackled off the ball.

Jack Evans scored the first try with a strong run following a turnover and after scoring his and the team’s second he turned provider to give a pass for Josh Davies to race clear.

Harry Randall was next on the score sheet with a smart pick up off the base of the scrum to go into half time with a comfortable lead.

Amman Valley struck back twice but Jay Loader finished the move of the game in style to keep his excellent season going. The ball went through the hands including a Sonny Bill style offload from Jack Evans to Tom Morgan and good handling did the rest. Loader got himself outside the winger and ran in from 40 metres for the try.

Another superb performance from all the boys and another win keeping the 100% record alive for another week.

  • Tries: Jack Evans (3), Josh Davies( 1), Elis Staines(1), Harry Randall (1), Jay Loader (1)
  • Opposition Tries: (2)
  • Conversions: Jack Evans (5/7)
  • Opposition Conversions: (2)

Wednesday 14th September
Llandovery College U15 XV v Lampeter (H) W 48 -21

 The under 15 rugby team played Lampeter on Wednesday in ideal conditions rarely seen here in Wales. A long build up to the match gave coaching dream team Mr Williams and Mr Hoare plenty of time to prepare the team.

At kick off it was clear again that we were facing a much bigger opposition, this time without some key players who were withdrawn for county duty.

Jordi Den-Hartog led the team and in his first duty he won the coin toss and chose to kick off. An excellent chase put immediate pressure on the visitors and after only a few minutes of play Tom Morgan intercepted a loose pass and raced under the post for Josh Davies to convert.

Another interception try made it 14-nil after only 8 minutes and when Lewis Humphreys’ kick bounced over the Llampeter full-back straight back into the arms of Josh Davies at full speed it was clear it would be our day.

Freddie Meyrick stood out in the first half for his tackling and Harry Randall made several near breaks injuring several opposition players each time. With a clash of heads and an injured prop the game became uncontested in the scrums and this was a shame for the Llandovery pack which was already beginning to dominate their bigger counterparts.

At half time the score was 31-nil and the message was for more of the same.

Lampeter came back in the second half and with nothing to lose they were dangerous with the ball. They scored and converted before Jordi intercepted a bouncing ball and ran 25 metres before offloading to Macsen Williams for another converted try. A mix up in our own half led to a mistake and a penalty try was awarded to Lampeter for tackling a player without the ball under the posts.

Lampeter again threatened and when Jay Loader was sin-binned for a trip they kicked to the corner for an attacking line out 5 metres out. The Llandovery defence was magnificent though and held out for the full 10 minutes with 14 players without conceding. Jay loader came back on and only a minute later he finished of a flowing move involving both Williams Brothers to score in the corner.

Brychan ran at 2 defenders and gave a well-timed pass to brother Macsen who ran at the last defender before releasing Loader on the wing.

In the last minute Lampeter scored again to restore pride but the game ended 48-21 to make it 2 from 2 this year.

A fantastic effort by all.

 

2010 - 11 Season

Wednesday 12th January
Llandovery College Vs. Brecon High School (H)  D 10  - 10

In the slippery gusty and wet conditions both teams stayed the course and played some attractive rugby despite the difficulties imposed by the weather. Brecon took the lead early in the first half after the Llandovery defence strayed offside at a ruck. The penalty was cancelled out by the boot of Jack Evans after Brecon players killed the ball illegally in an attacking position for the whites.

New player Will Frost looked threatening with the ball but despite making several line breaks was unable to find the killer pass.

Kieran Mudd got stuck in (no pun intended) and held the Llandovery defensive line in tact throughout the match, he made good yards with every carry but support was not always quick enough to reach him.

The deadlock was broken just after half time when the backs passed the ball expertly down the line and Jack Evans showed good strength to cross the line for a converted score.

He looked certain to get a second following a chip and chase but the Brecon full-back just managed to put a boot to the ball and clear the danger.

With 2 minutes left things were looking good for the hosts until Brecon’s biggest player and comfortably the biggest lad on the pitch decided to have a run down the left touch line. He looked certain to score but Daf Hughes’ brave tackle did just enough to cast doubt with the referee. Instead of the try, Brecon were awarded an attacking scrum with which they launched their final attack and scored a pushover try.

The Brecon kicker looked at ease as he slotted a difficult conversion to tie the game.

Special Mention: This week David Bowler backed up a good performance from the previous game with an even better performance. His strength and aggression are starting to tell in the scrums and he has gained valuable experience over the season. 

22nd September 2010 Llandovery College under 15’s XV  vs. Pen y Dre (H)   W 48 - 0                      

Llandovery showed their class and ability to finish against a bigger but less organised team in their opponents Pen y Dre. The whites received the kick off and started the game at a frantic pace which few team would be able to maintain. The visitors’ defence managed to hold for 4 minutes until the winger was penalised for not letting a player get up to his feet following a kick. Llandovery took the penalty quickly and moved the ball to the right and then back to the left again thanks to good hands from second row Corey Griffiths for Jack Evans to score in the corner. Jack missed the kick but was on hand a few minutes later when the opportunity arose for him to double the score. A fine take and give from Lewis Humphreys and good hands from Jordan Chan gave Evans space to run but it was his strength and some very poor tackling from the visitors which let him in under the posts. Daf Hughes took the kick to give Evans some recovery time and easily added the extra 2 points.

Centres Jordan Chan and Kieran Mudd were instrumental in the next score, Humphreys took the ball at fly half and stepped inside a defender before passing to Chan. Mudd cut an angle back towards Chan to draw the defence in, Chan threw a 20 metre pass behind Mudd to SJ Mahon who made the finish look easy. Evans added the conversion.

The strong running of Kieran Mudd earned him a first half try and his centre partner Chan deserves credit for his ability to create space for others.

At half time the theme of the talk was more of the same and to finish chances by not contracting try line fever!

The second half continued in the same way, Pen y Dre started strongly and held the ball for several minutes before Jakob Jones performed another Richie McCaw style turnover in the tackle. Mudd again finished a move started by strong running in the forwards and took the ball at pace from Chan to glide under the posts. Daf Hughes was next to score in a move which started and finished with him. Hughes ran down the blind side of a ruck and used his power and pace to get into the opposition 22. The forwards picked up the ball from the ruck and continued the momentum. Hughes got to his feet and again picked the ball up and this time made his way over the line.

Evans completed his hat-trick shortly after and was replaced by some fresh legs following his run to the corner.

Things went from bad to worse for the visitors when their captain joined a ruck from the side in a moment of frustration and conceded a penalty close to his own line. More swift hands from the backs and this time replacement Christian Theodosiou was on hand to score his first try for the team. Hughes converted masterfully from the touch line without a kicking tee to complete the afternoon in style.

Tries:             Jack Evans (3)
                        Daf Hughes
                        Kieran Mudd (2)
                        SJ Mahon
                        Christian Theodosiou

18th September 2010 Llandovery College under 15 XV vs. Bedstone (A)    W19 - 13

With a slightly depleted squad and several players out of position the U15 rugby team travelled to Bedstone hoping to continue the good start to the season.

After a 2 hour coach journey and a changing room nightmare the team stepped onto the pitch only allowed a ten minute warm up to shake off the journey. It was perhaps this which led to the poor start and going 10-0 down after 15 minutes.

Bedstone stuck very well to the basics of rugby and frustrated the Llandovery pack by keeping the ball for long periods of time.

In an error strewn first half the college pack showed some improvements and the backs produced one highlight almost ending in a try. Good hands from Chan and Evans in the centres drew the defence in and gave Macsen Williams the space he needed to run down the touchline. The young winger raced 40m, clear of his opposite number but was denied by a fantastic cover tackle on the try line from the Bedstone fullback. Unfortunately too much talking to the ref conceded a penalty and the attacking position was lost.

A half-time roasting from the coach seemed to have the desired effect when the rucking improved and communication was no longer a dirty word. Lewis Gravell, Jakob Jones and Jacob Lewis came to the fore carrying the ball into the heart of the Bedstone defence and more importantly the forwards retained possession for multiple phases. Jack Evans used his strength to cross the line after a good run from the above forwards. He missed an easy conversion which is a very rare occurrence meaning the score was 10-5.

Further strong running from Daf Hughes and some simple passing and catching from the backs led to Karl Livings running down the left wing for the corner only to be bundled into touch just short of the line. From the resulting lineout Jordi Den-Hartog came up with the ball and powered his way to the line for the equalising score. This time Evans slotted the much harder kick from out wide to give the visitors the lead for the first time.

Only a minute later Bedstone were on the attack and were awarded a penalty for lying on the ball in a kickable position. The fly half missed the kick but made amends moments later with a superb drop goal to take the lead again with only 6 minutes left.

Llandovery rallied though and stole the ball from the kick-off to launch another attack which Jack Evans finished in the corner completing a roller coaster of emotions in 1 match. Evans converted to make the score 19-13 and despite some desperate attacking from the hosts, Llandovery managed to keep the score as it was until the final whistle sounded to the delight of all involved.

 

Final Score        19-13

Try scorers: Jack Evans (2), Jordi Den Hartog