League Match Reports

Llandrindod 32 - Cardiff Saracens 12

Llandod recorded only their second win of the season but did it in style with a bonus point victory over fourth placed Cardiff Saracens, who they had also lost to the precious week. With a number of the experienced members of the squad out through injuries and work commitments, this young side finally got their rewards for all the hard work they’ve put in over the past couple of months.

The game started evenly enough but with Llandod having the edge at scrum time, even if this was evened out with hooker Sam Davies’ “Straight as a nine bob note” throwing in at the lineout! The opening score of the game came from a powerful driving maul from the home side, which resulted in a try for outside half Danny ‘Radnor Bull’ Davies, who was returning to the Llandrindod side for the first time in 2 seasons! Adding his bulk to the back of the drive proved fruitful, 5-0 Llandod, conversion missed. This seemed to spur the away team on as they started to put together some well worked phases with their 9 and 10 to the fore. This eventually led to an equalising score which was converted to put the them in front 5-7. This was then followed by another quick fire try out wide for the Sarries but the conversion was missed leaving the score at 5-12. This would prove to be the end of the away teams scoring as the Dod took control from here on in. A quick reply was needed and it came through the Crick Bull himself, Davies, who crashed over after superb work from scrum half Joe Bradley and also a wonderful run and off load from young centre Gareth Oakley. Conversion missed, 10-12. The last score of the half was again a wonderful backs move and yes I understand the words “Llandod” and “wonderful backs move” aren’t often put together in the same sentence but today was a different matter! Davies himself could have completed his hat trick here but was uncharacteristically unselfish and gave the ball wide to prop, no sorry, second row, no wait, full back Ash Hammond who touched down in the corner, Davies nailing the kick to put the halftime score at 17-12 to Llandrindod!

The second half began with a penalty on halfway for the dod and after his lovely conversion before the break, Davies was confident he could make the kick, which he did with yards to spare with a wonderful strike, 20-12.
The next try was the try of the game. With Sarries getting some ball and territory near the Llandod line, they attempted to swing the ball wide, but this was telegraphed and intercepted  by......yes you guess it, Danny Davies and like an African Elephant running across the Serengeti, he galloped down field but after a couple of side steps he eventually run out of steam out wide so put a deft kick infield for the supporting Gaz Oakley to pick up and score under the posts! What a try!! Converted, 27-12, bonus point in the bag! With both teams tiring in the unusual sunny weather, changes were made by the home side, with veteran Tom Bradley coming on the field, replacing the exceptional Thomas Duggan who worked tirelessly all afternoon! The game finished with another backs try out wide for Ash Hammond, who put in a great performance at fullback with some great clearance kicks and some wonderful tackles to prevent the away team from getting closer than they did. Final score Llandod 32-12 Cardiff Saracens. The man of the match could have gone to any of the backs. Centres  Sean Cosgrave and Gaz Oakley were exceptional in defence and attack, the back three of James Lloyd Oakley, Ash Hammond and Mark Davies were dangerous whenever they received the ball. The pack were again solid as a rock and provided a great platform for the backs to perform, but man of the match went to Danny Davies. What a return.  2 tries, 17 points and a hand in the other 3 scores, we couldn’t ask for more!



Man of the match went to Danny Davies. What a return! 2 tries, 17 points and a hand in the other 3 scores. We couldn't ask for more!

Llandrindod 5 - St Albans 31
Llandrindod welcomed League leaders St Albans to the Lande Field and put in a spiritedperformance but a ten minute purple patch from the visitors put then out of sight. St Albans opened the scoring with a penalty before Llandrindod responded well with a series of dominant scrums leading to a yellow card for the 'Buns' hooker. Another dominant shove looked destined to result in a home score but the scrum turned and the away side gained a penalty from the resulting phase. St albans then cleared their lines before a neat counter-attacking move ended with a converted try to give a haslf time score to the League leaders of 10-0.
The second half started evenly but three converted tries in a ten minute spell put an end to
any chance of the home side coming back although they did score a deserved try through winger Kyle Baggett.
This was however a performance full of grit and determination by Llandrindod who have dug in through a tough month in which they have played the League leaders twice and the second place team away.
Llandrindod's next game is on 17th February away at Brackla in the League.
(Match report by Jonathan Duggan) 

Llandrindod 19 - Whitchurch 24
Llandrindod started 2018 hosting a Whitchurch a team that they had been well beaten by in September, and put in a hugely committed performance only to be cruelty beaten by a try in the last play of the game.  Llandrindod were disrupted by some late withdrawals close to the match and suffered another blow when key centre Will Powell hobbled off the pitch with a nasty looking leg injury in the early exchanges.  However this seemed to galvanize the home team and they quickly scored a penalty try after the away sides scrum was marched backwards.   Whitchurch responded but resolute home defence kept them out.  The game ebbed and flowed before home skipper Richard Watkins threw an audacious dummy to split the away sides defence and was brought down a yard from the line after a 25 metre burst. Unfortunately this wasn't turned into a score.  The home side did score again before half time through a driving maul with Aled Price expertly touching down for an unconverted try leaving a half time score of 12-0
The second half started in similar fashion to the first with the Llandrindod front row of Noel Davies Jones, Sam Davies and skipper Watkins working tirelessly in the tight exchanges alongside Ash Hammond Senior and Jamie Price in the second row ensuring the home side were on the front foot.  Josh Hammond and Geraint Evans were big carriers in the back row supported by Ash Hammond Jnr.  A multi phase attack close to the Whitchurch line saw the ball spread by impressive fly half Sean Cosgrave to Aled Price to cross for a second try converted by Jonathan Duggan.

At 19-0 ahead the home side started to tire with substitutions limited.  Whitchurch hit back with two tries with Llandrindod players in the sin bin meaning a nervy finish to the game.  After more sustained pressure Whitchurch scored again to even the scores up with about three minutes to go and then cruelly with the last play of the game and bodies strewn all over the pitch the away sides winger got to a speculative chip through first to touch down with the last action of the game.  Llandrindod will look to bounce back with a trip to St Albans this Saturday but all concerned can be justifiably proud of their efforts in the first game of the new year.  
CIAC's 10 Llandrindod Wells 33
Llandrindod travelled to Grangetown in Cardiff and recorded a bonus point victory after a strong first half showing.
Llandrindod were out of the blocks early with a series of carries close the line resulting in centre Will Powell picking up and touching down from close range
for a try converted by Jonathan Duggan.  The Llandrindod driving line-out started to dominate and resulted in good territorial gains for the away side,
from one such gain Will Powell was again able to touchdown from an identical position to his first effort, Duggan again added the extras.
The home side responded quickly with a kick ahead and a wicked bounce leading to a unconverted try before Llandrindod regained control with two quick fire tries from scrum-half Dale Wilson after running good support lines from strong carries from back rowers Geraint Evans and Rob Davies, one of these tries being converted by Duggan to give the away team a commanding 26-5 half time lead.
The second half was largely uneventful as the strong wind kept Llandrindod in their own half for the most part.  CIAC's rallied to score an unconverted try through their tight-head prop before a series of phases resulted in Llandrindod hooker Sam Davies taking a nice out to in line to score a try with the last play of the game.  Duggan converted to seal a pleasing afternoons work. 
(Match report by Jonathan Duggan)


Llandrindod Wells 17 Brackla 24

Llandrindod lost out at home to Brackla being outscored 4 tries to 3.  Llandrindod Try scorers were Josh Hammond, Ashley Hammond and Richard Watkins; one try was converted by Aled Price.  The visitors lack of suitably trained front row players meant uncontested scrums taking away one of the home sides key strengths.  Llandrindod travel to CIACS next week in the League  The game was kindly sponsored by Neil Sanders of the Sales Centre (Vehicle Sales in Llandrindod Wells).
(Report by Jonathan Duggan)

St Albans v Llandrindod Wells
Match postponed to a date to be arranged.


Llandrindod Wells 25 - Llanrumney 25

Llandrindod hosted high flying Llanrumney in their first home league game of the season in a hugely entertaining match at Lant Avenue.  Llanrumney, who have swept all before them so far this season, took an early lead when their hooker finished off a slick line-out move to score in the corner.  This was followed ten minutes later by a try by the away team's inside centre following a quick tap penalty. The conversion was added to give Llanrumney at 12 nil lead.
Llandrindod had given several penalties away in this period and started to realise the error of their ways.  Several strong attack’s with Geraint Evans and Steve Boore to the fore saw Flanker Rob Davies force his way over from short range.  This was followed shortly after by a try from his brother Mark after fly half Rhys Davies made a neat break supported by Dan Oakley Jnr, and the winger showed a clean pair of heals to score in the corner. The try was unconverted.
Llanrumney got back into the Llandrindod half and converted a penalty before Mark Davies scored another try before half time to level things up and give the boys from the Sywdd a combined first half hat-trick!  With a 15 all scoreline at halftime both teams fancied their chances but Llandrindod took the initiative when good initial carries by Sam Davies and Ash Hammond Jnr were continued by Steve Spike Boore giving momentum before the ball was swung wide to prop Ash Hammond Snr who showed great speed and strength in the wide channel to crash over for a fourth try and give the home team the lead for the first time in the game.
Llanrumney then rallied to take control of the next 20 minutes of the game scoring a converted try and a further penalty to take a five point lead and only some desperate last ditch defence prevented them adding to the score.  Finally a big hit in midfield from Geraint Evans and a hack forward from Will Powell shifted momentum and the home side were on the attack some good carries from centres Steve ‘Spike’ Boore and Tom ‘Wasp’ Davies got Llandrindod within striking distance, and Dan Oakley Snr was able to squeeze over to level the scores.
The conversion was narrowly missed but Llandrindod had one last attack in them, when a big run from Boore put them close to the line and several phases later Dan Oakley Snr was over the line. However the referee ruled that the ball was held up.  The game ended in a draw and 3 points for the home team, 2 for the draw and 1 for scoring more then 4 tries.  This was a highly encouraging performance for Llandrindod  and one they will hope to build on throughout the season.
The club are thankful to Gareth Hughes for sponsoring the match ball.
(Match report courtesy of Jonathan Duggan)


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