Cup Matches

All these reports are from our 2015/16 season Cup matches. The latest match appears first.
'Cambrian Training'- Cup Final
At Llanidloes RFC- 28/5/16
Aberystwyth University- 18 - Llandrindod Wells 5

These two teams had not  met each other since Llandrindod left the Mid Wales Leagues and were admitted to the WRU Division, League Division 3 East Central B. In the event, this match showed how much Aberystwyth University, a.k.a the Students, and formerly known as University College Wales, have progressed in the interim. Not that this was a one-sided event with the Students running amok. Far from it; the match was a keenly contested event, well worthy of the large crowd who gathered to watch the jewel of the Mid Wales District Rugby Union's 'Finals' Day' held at Llanidloes RFC last weekend.
Llandrindod kicked off, but too short, and the ensuing play resulted in a successful penalty kick for the Students, but following the restart, Llandrindod's forwards came to life and powered their way in to the Student's territory, led by Dan Oakley  and Llandrindod's Jonny Davies took full advantage of the Student's temporary discomfort to use his strength to score an unconverted try. This advantage was really too good to last and a penalty, and then a try, gave the Student's a six point advantage in to the second half, but not before a number of indiscretions resulted in the showing of cards to both sides.
The second half kicked off with Llandrindod, through their terrier-like scrum half, Dale Wilson, surprising the Students with his penetration and then, in partnership with the ever- alert Danny Davies, led assaults to the student's line but were held up short of territory. Eventually, though, the livelier Students prevailed on the result of this tense game to touch down for a converted try. In the final quarter of this encounter Llandrindod pressed hard to make an impact on the scoreline, led by Davies and the forwards, but their efforts were in vain as the referee's whistle closed an exciting encounter, and the Mid Wales Cup justifiably awarded to Aberystwyth University .

Mid Wales Cup: Semi- Final
Llandrindod Wells 18 - Llanidloes 13
Llandrindod gained revenge for a 1 point defeat to Llanidloes in last years' semi final to book themselves a Mid Wales Cup Final appearance after a brutual encounter played out under lights in front of a large crowd. The home side started well and were soon on the board following a driving maul pulled down just short resulting in hooker Aled Price powering over from close range. This set up a breathless first half which saw the lead change hand several times. Llanidloes looked to spread the ball wide which led to several forays into the Llandrindod half. This resulted firstly in a well struck penalty by Llanidloes' prolific fly half before a series of phases in the Llandrindod 22 and an incisive break by the Llanidloes centre who scored underneath the posts for a converted try.
The away side continued to take the initiative with another successful penalty by their outside half. Llandrindod were hanging on at this point and it was only some resolute defence typified by outside half Matt Boore and centre Simon Davies that repelled the away teams attacks. A penalty won by second row Will Powell after forcing the Llanidloes player to hold on resulted in Danny Davies kicking a penalty deep into touch. The Llandrindod juggernaut rolled on from the resulting lineout with hooker Price the man touching down again for an unconverted try.
This try seemed to breath life in to the home side. A break through the ruck by Richard Watkins and a deft off load to skipper Geraint Evans who was dragged down just short, the ball was recycled quickly and Danny Davies put winger Ben Williams in the corner for a fine score. The touchline conversion was just wide meaning Llandrindod held a slender 2 point margin at half time. The second half was more attritional with Llanidloes looking to kick more. Llandrindod full back Jac Holden was more than up to the task though with a series of takes under pressure and some big relieving kicks. Slowly Llandrindod's forwards started to take the game by the scruff of the neck with a series of strong carries by Ashley Hammond, Dave Smith and George Wozencraft putting the hosts on the front foot expertly marshalled by scrum half Dale Wilson.
Several lineout drives were repelled as Llandrindod looked to get the score that would seal the win but sterling defence from Llanidloes kept them out. With ten minutes to play Danny Davies slotted over a penalty from a wide angle to mean Llanidloes would need a try to get back in the game but their cause wasn't helped by a red card for their skipper for illegal use of the boot. Llandrindod expertly used their driving maul and now dominant scrum to wind down the clock with skipper Evans very much to the fore before the final whistle bringing to an end an enthralling game which was a great advert for Mid Wales Rugby.
This Saturday Llandrindod host Glyncoch in the League. The Cup Final will played at Llanidloes RFC on Saturday 28 May between Llandrindod and either Aberystwyth University or Aberystwyth Athletic.
(Match report by Jonathan Duggan)
Mid Wales Cup- Quarter Finals. 18 March. K/O 7.30pm.
Llandrindod Wells RFC 15 - Welshpool 0
Llandrindod hosted Welshpool for the first time in many years, in the Quarter Finals of the Mid Wales cup in what proved to be a competitive game, played under floodlights. The game was played at a frantic pace with both teams having forays into each other's territory before a concerted spell inside the Welshpool 22 resulted in a try from prop Ashley Hammond who forced his way over from close range.
This set Llandrindod into life led by some bullocking runs from captain Geraint Evans and live wire scrum half Dale Wilson and further pressure on the visitors defence allowed tight head prop Noel Davies Jones to crash over and score his first try for the club. Try again unconverted. It was almost an unlikely first half front row treble, with hooker Aled Price unlucky not to be awarded a try when he thought the ball was grounded in the right hand corner. However the referee was unsighted and unable to award the try.
The second half pattern followed the first with Welshpool causing problems at the scrum but Llandrindod looking slick with ball in hand with sometimes just the final touch lacking. Good ball carrying from Rob Davies and George Wozencraft with support from Will Powell and Jason Pritchard meant Dale Wilson had front foot ball to unleash his backs with the returning Matt Boore at 10 and Danny Davies at 12 looking to get the ball wide at every opportunity with some useful bursts from winger Simon Davies outside centre Luke Evans and Full back Bon Williams.
The result was put beyond doubt when an excelled blind side move orchestrated by Geraint Evans and Dale Wilson put winger Jac Holden into space before brilliant interplay with replacement flanker Tom Bradley saw Holden crash over for what proved to be the games final score. Aled Price was again denied a try following a driving maul and Llandrindod coach Richard Watkins made a useful contribution off the bench with some powerful scrummaging and a break up the wing followed by delicate chip into touch. Gareth and James Oakley also made useful contributions from the bench. Welshpool were physical and competitive to the end but Llandrindod progress to a Semi Final where they will host Llanidloes, date to be confirmed.
(Report by Jonathan Duggan)

SWALEC Bowl Competition- Round 1
Llandrindod Wells 27 - New Tredegar 48
With only one match this season under their belts so far, and playing against a side in a higher League, Llandrindod could reasonably have been expected to struggle. This very certainly was not the case, and in a high scoring game they matched their opponents until the latter stages. Indeed, in the opening quarter, they rocked New Tredegar back on their heels. With a pack that was dominant for long periods of the game, the hosts drove forward and kept New Tredegar pinned in their own half. Eventually, their defence cracked conceding a penalty coolly kicked by Jac Holden from some 40 metres out. A twenty metre rolling maul saw Llandrindod camped in the New Tredegar five metre area. Eventually, their defence gave way again and wing Gareth Oakley scampered over for an unconverted try.
These events woke New Tredegar out of their torpor. Ignoring opportunities for penalty kicks at goal they opted to go for touch. One of these led to the visitor's first try from Josh Mathews, converted by Luke Chant to give Llandrindod only a slender 1 point lead. This try was followed immediately afterwards with another for New Tredegar, when John Williams touch down. Not to be outdone, Llandrindod's Jed Wozencroft scored after a New Tredegar defensive maul. Conversion again by Holden. 15-12 at half time.
A converted try by Ryan Mann for the visitors immediately after the resumption  gave them the lead, quickly extended by a Lloyd Richards unconverted try. Still in the game, Llandrindod scrum-half Dale Wilson squeezed a try, converted by Holden. Like a rubber ball, New Tredegar came bouncing back with a runaway converted try from Marc Vaughan. Further New Tredegar tries ensued from Darcy Blake and Marc Vaughan, and a penalty from Iwan Blake, before Llandrindod ended the match with a final try of their own by Jamie Price, with New Tredegar's Luke Chant kicking a total of five conversions.
This week, Llandrindod are at home against Tonyrefail in the League.


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