League Match Reports

All these reports are from our 2016/17 season in League Division 3, East Central C. The latest match appears first.
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CIAC (Cardiff International Athletic club) 5- Llandrindod Wells 27
Llandrindod travelled to Butetown searching for their first away league game of the season and came away with a bonus point victory after scoring two tries in each half. They opening the scoring with a penalty from fly half Jonathan Duggan and with the scrum and driving maul dominant they extended their lead with a text-book driving maul resulting in captain Aled Price touching down with Duggan adding the conversion.

CIAC responded with a try from their powerful number 8, before a pushover try from Llandrindod's number 8 Geraint Evans, this time not converted, gave the visitors a ten point lead at the break. The second half followed a similar pattern with much of the game played in the middle part of the pitch but Llandrindod were able to break out and after some quick hands in midfield the ball was spread to Jac Holden. Holden, in his first League start of the season, was able to open his legs and beat the covering defence to score an unconverted try.
Llandrindod sniffed the opportunity of a bonus point and after a break by Duggan, Holden was on hand to score in an almost identical spot out wide to cap a memorable comeback. The conversion was added by Duggan. The remainder of the game was stop start not helped by passive, ie uncontested, scrums being neccesary but Llandrindod will see the match as a job well done.
Llandrindod travel to Aberystwyth Athletic on Wednesday 15th March in Quarter Finals of the Mid Wales Cup. 7.45 kick off. Their next, and final, scheduled League game of the season is away against Cathays on 24 March.


Llanrumney 29 Llandrindod Wells 12

Llandrindod travelled to Llanrumney for their first of three games in the Capital this month and came out second best in a game in which they never got going. The early signs were good when the visitors marched the hosts back in the scrums yielding penalties as their front row stood up under pressure from front row, Noel Davies Jones, Aled Price and Sam Davies.
It was however Llanrumney who took the lead with an unconverted try after a multiphase attack. Llandrindod hit back with the scrum going forward from a 5m scrum. Number 8 Dan Oakley was able to pick up and score for an unconverted try. The game looked evenly poised at this point but two break away tries from Llanrumney, one converted, before time gave the hosts some breathing space.
The second half started as the first had ended with a converted try from the home sides outside half. The remainder of the game was quite even with a red card for each side after an altercation and a further try from the Llanrumney full back before Llandrindod hit back with another try from Oakley this time converted by Jonathan Duggan.
This week Llandrindod travel to CIAC's in Butetown hoping to bounce back from a disappointing weekend.

 Whitchurch 5 - Llandrindod Wells 0

Llandrindod travelled to Whitchurch for their first away game in the calender year and lost narrowly in a competitive match in which they could have picked up a draw at the end. The first half was full of endeavour from both sides, for Llandrindod big defence from Geraint Evans, Ben Williams and Sean Cosgrave helped stem the home sides attacks whilst full back Gareth Oakley and wing Mark Davies both made try saving tackles in the first quarter to show how far they have developed as a players this season. Llandrindod also had their moments in attack with strong carries by flankers Josh Hammond and Skipper Dan Oakley getting them over the gain line but territory wasn't turned into points and there was no score at half time.
Whitchurch controlled the first 20 minutes of the second half and an 
attack close to the line resulted in a penalty and a yellow card for Dan Oakley as he prevented a try. The resulting scrum saw Whitchurch get the ascendancy with the extra man and their No 8 was able to pick up and barge his way over for an unconverted try. With both Llandrindod's regular hookers unavailable, prop Noel Davies Jones took the hooking duties and did well to secure several balls under pressure to get Llandrindod some territory in the last quarter of the game, some strong runs by Rob Davies, Dave Smith and both Ash Hammond's alongside good support work by Will Powell the home side yielded penalties and with prop Kyle Stevens taking the throwing in duties Llandrindod were able to roll several mauls close to the Whitchurch line. With two minutes to go a kick to the corner gave Llandrindod a sniff at a last gasp try but unfortunately and somewhat harshly Geraint Evans was adjudged to have landed in the 5m line after catching the lineout ball and a free kick was conceded and the chance was gone.
Although not the result Llandrindod were after there was no faulting their 
effort and they enjoy a week off before hosting League leaders Ferndale on 18th February.

Llandrindod Wells 19 - Tongwynlais 14

Llandrindod hosted their third home game of the new year and like the previous two games the result was decided in the final moments of the game. The first period was largely a scrappy affair with the Llandrindod Scrum dominant with big shifts from props Kyle Stevens and Noel Davies Jones hooker and captain Aled Price alongside support from the rest of the pack number. No. 8 Geraint Evans controlled perfectly to score a pushover try 5 minutes before half time, try converted by Jonathan Duggan.
The second half was more entertaining and started with a bang, Llandrindod extended their lead with outside half Paul Griffiths stepping his way over the line following quick first phase ball. Try unconverted.. At this point it looked like a confortable win for the home side but Tongwnlais came back strongly a multiphase attack saw their flanker squeeze over in the corner for a try expertly converted by their outside half. Tongwnlais then went ahead following a well placed chip ahead the bounce decieved the home defence to allow the outside centre to gather and score under the posts. Llandrindod came back and a couple of chances went begging and the home spectators probably thought the game had got away from them.

One last attack saw the ball go through the hands and a neat offload from Dan Oakley gave winger Mark Davies some space but the covering defence held him up just short resulting in a 5 metre scrum with a Tongwnlais put in. Llandrindod got the nudge on in the scrum as they had all day and the Tongwnlais scrum half was unable to secure the ball due to the speed of the retreat, Llandrindod Scrum half Jonathan Duggan was able to secure the ball and touchdown to retake the lead with seconds to play. Duggan added the conversion from a wide angle before the referee signalled one last play. Tongwnlais kicked short but home skipper Aled Price was able to secure the ball and kick the ball off the pitch to signal the end of the game.
This week Llandrindod travel to Whitchurch for their first away game of 2017.

Llandrindod Wells 12 - Sully 15

Following a last gasp win the previous Saturday for Llandrindod the boot was on the other foot this week as a late penalty gave visitors Sully View the spoils in a competitive game with little to choose between the sides. The visitors started the game in the ascendency and were first to score with their winger crossing out wide after smart interplay between the backs. This try was unconverted but Llandrindod couldn't get out of their own half with numerous penalties given away and it wasn't long before Sully followed this up with another try from their tight head prop who barged his way over from close range, try converted. With Llandod having made up a 21 point deficit the previous week they remained undaunted and a superb break from his own half from stand in skipper Dan Oakley saw him reach the opposition 22 before drawing the full back and putting outside half Paul Griffiths over for a try, converted by scrum half Jonathan Duggan. The rest of the half was all Llandrindod who were camped on the Sully line and perhaps only the referee blowing up for an injury prevented them scoring, but Sully were 5 points to the good at half time. The second half started with Sully on the attack with resolute Llandrindod defence keeping them out before a yellow card for the Sully prop helped give the home side the initiative back. Big carries from Geraint Evans, Rob Davies and Dave Smith and good link play from Josh Hammond and Will Powell enabled Llandrindod to manufacture an attacking position before a miss pass from prop Ash Hammond put replacement centre Matt Williams in space to step the full back to score in the corner for an unconverted try. This levelled the scores up and Llandrindod looked like they could go on and get the win. A few technical penalties against the home side stemmed the tide and the last ten minutes of the game were played in the middle of the pitch. However a chip ahead by Sully forced a penalty out wide which was expertly dispatched by their fly half with 3 minutes to go, to give the away side a three point lead. This was enough to seal the win as Llandrindod couldn't break down the Sully defence in the final moments of the game.
This was a cruel blow for Llandrindod who can count themselves unlucky not to get at least a draw from the game but credit must go to Sully for their game management in a tight game. Llandrindod have a week off before their next game, home to Tongwynlais on the 28th January.

Llandrindod Wells 34 -Cathays 33

Llandrindod Wells started 2017 with a bang with a thrilling win 34-33 win over Cathays with the scoreline only telling half a story, with the hosts recovering from being 33-12 down to snatch victory with the last play of the game. 
The first quarter was even with an unconverted try from flanker Dan Oakley following some quick phases and some good carries from the forwards.  Cathays quickly replied with a try of their own from their left winger following a slick handling movement by the visitors classy backs.  A converted interception try from the Cathays Full Back when Llandrindod were on the attack stunned the home team who then leaked two further tries when the Cathays inside centre broke the line twice and scored underneath the posts, the simple conversions were added.  Llandrindod responded with a penalty try before half and showed the home sides intent when following no less than seven scrums starting well outside the Cathays 22 the home side drove their opponents backwards time after time yielding penalties which left the referee no choice but to go under the posts.  Try converted by Scrum Half Jonathan Duggan.
This gave Llandod hope going into half time 26-12 behind but Cathays struck again straight after the break with another classy try this time courtesy of their outside half, again the try was converted.  There looked no way back for Llandrindod but this stung them into action.  Big carries from Geraint Evans, Rob Davies and skipper Richard Watkins got Llandrindod into the Cathays 22 before a switch of play from Paul Griffiths put prop Ash Hammond over in the corner.  A high tackle resulted in a yellow card for the Cathays player and the home side sniffed an opportunity for a comeback.  Another series of scrums gave Llandrindod another opportunity.  The home front row of Ash Hammond, Sam Davies and skipper Watkins and laterly Noel Davies Jones put massive pressure on the Cathays pack time and time again with second rows Dave Smith and Rob Davies and flankers Josh Hammond, Dan
Oakley adding massive grunt behind them this alongside excellent ball control from number 8 Geraint Evans meant another penalty try was awarded and converted by Duggan.  Cathays were in so much trouble in the scrum that the referee brandished a further two yellow cards putting the visitors down to twelve men.  With nine points to make up the home side seized their opportunity with Geraint Evans picking up again from the base of the scrum to close the gap to 4 points.  With Cathays now back to a full compliment of players they came back into Llandrindod territory but a probing kick from Paul Griffiths and a charge down from winger Gareth Oakley gave Llandrindod an opportunity of a scrum 5 metres out with 2 minutes to play.  Again the packs were asked to scrum again and Geraint Evans picked up and barged his way over the line to secure the unlikeliest of comebacks.  This was surely the best Llandrindod comeback of recent times and all the squad played a massive part in making this happen.  Special mention must go to the forwards who must have took part in over 35 scrums in heavy conditions which gave the home side the platform to win.
This week Llandrindod are again at home against Sully Sports.  2.30 kick off.

Hirwaun 41 Llandrindod 25
Llandrindod travelled South for their season's 'local derby' and put in a brave and committed performance gaining a four try bonus point for their efforts.  There were times when an away victory was on the cards as Llandrindod raced into an 8 point lead thanks to a penalty from Jonathan Duggan and a excellent try from returning Flanker Dan Oakley who following a nice offload from second row Dave Smith was able to brush off three defenders and score from thirty yards.
Hirwaun responded with a penalty kicked from halfway by their impressive inside centre and added two quick converted tries following defensive mix ups and another penalty from half way to open up a twelve point lead. Llandrindod responded and with the scrum totally dominant with Noel Davies Jones, Sam Davies and Skipper Richard Watkins giving their opposing front row a torrid time. No. 8 Geraint Evans picked up to power over for a try converted by Duggan. Hirwaun ended the half with a nicely taken try by their full back after the outside centre offloaded in the tackle, the try was converted to restore the home sides twelve point lead going into the break.
The second half followed a similar pattern for the first with both tries scoring two tries.  A sustained period of pressure in the Hirwaun 22 with big carries from Josh Hammond, Geraint Evans and Ash Hammond culminated in a second try for Dan Oakley before Hirwaun hit back with two of their own.  The pinpoint kicking of the Hirwaun No. 12 who ended up landing 7 from 7 kicks from all angles meant that the extras were always added and kept Llandrindod at arms length.  The away side did get the final say with a short range try from Sam Davies meaning Llandrindod got the point that their efforts certainly deserved.  This is Llandrindod's last game of 2016, next up is a home game against Cathays on 7th January. 

Llandrindod Wells 62 - CIAC (Cardiff International Athletic Club)- 0 
Llandrindod continued their winning ways with a comprehensive victory over spirited CIAC team who never gave up. The writing was on the wall for away team early in the game with an again dominant scrum leading to a try for Geraint Evans which was converted by Jonathan Duggan.
Winger Gareth Oakley was next on the scoreheet after a strong run for converted try before tries from Ash Hammond and Skipper Richard one converted, ensured that the bonus point was in the bag after half an Two further tries were added in the first half with winger Mark pinning his ears back to finish superbly with the second try being his own half. Both tries were converted by Duggan.
The second half saw uncontested scrums as a result of injuries to the CIAC's pack.gave the Llandrindod backs more ball and with Aled Price pulling the at 10, full back Ben Williams squeezed over in the corner for an unconverted try.
Next was a second try for second row Ash Hammond before the Penybont flier Davies his hatrick after a neat offload from Bon Williams. Duggan converted infront of the posts. The final try was scored by Bon Williams who finished well a slick handling movement before CIAC finished the game with some possession but not break down the home defence.
Llandrindod are now building some momentum after a slow start to the season and their game is away to Hirwaun in the League on 17th December.

Llandrindod Wells 26 Llanrumney 12
Llandrindod welcomed 3rd placed Llanrumney to Lant Avenue and came out deserved winners in a fiery encounter played in brilliant autumn sunshine. This was a win built on a massive scrum effort with the homes side's front row of Noel Davies Jones, Sam Davies, Richard Watkins getting early dominance which was sustained throughout despite Llanrumney changing their pack around on more than one occasion.
The first score was a penalty try from one such scrum with the conversion added by Jonathan Duggan. Llandrindod kept up the pressure and strong runs from second row Dave Smith, Number 8 Geraint Evans and Centre Steve Boore kept Llandrindod on the front foot and forced Llanrumney to concede penalties. Aled Price, playing at 10, punished them with pinpoint line kicking and from a driving maul a penalty was won with a quick tap being taken.
Captain Richard Watkins forced himself over from short range for a try, again converted by Duggan. Llandrindod weren't finished for the first half and strong runs from Josh Hammond and Ash Hammond took the home side close to the line before Dan Oakley squeezed over on the stroke of half time, Duggan adding the conversion from a wide angle to give the home side a commanding lead at half time.
The second half started with Llanrumney to the fore and several attacks were repelled, but the home side couldn't gain field position. Prop Kyle Stevens came on to help maintain the scrum dominance and a scrum was turned over and pressure relieved from the resulting lineout. Fly half Price went on a jinking run well supported by Jamie Price and Mark Davies to force a penalty deep in the Llanrumney 22. The penalty was taken quickly and skipper Watkins was against unstoppable from close range to seal a bonus point for the home side. The rest of the game became a bit messy with a yellow card for the home team and red for the away team after an unsavoury incident before Llanrumney replied with two late tries ,one converted.
This was Llandrindod's first League win of the season but a performance like this gives reason for much optimism going into the next game this Saturday, at home to CIACS.

Ferndale 53 Llandrindod Wells 10
Llandrindod visited unbeaten Ferndale in an early kick off and gave as good as they got in the early exchanges taking the lead through a penalty from Jonathan Duggan.  Ferndale responded with an unconverted try from their winger and a penalty in a frantic start.  Llandrindod were dealt a blow with full back Matt Williams being forced from the field with a quad injury and with the visitors only replacement being front rower Kyle Stevens, this meant a big reshuffle and players playing out of position.
Llandrindod were however causing  the home side problems especially in the scrum with front rowers Noel Davies Jones, Sam Davies and captain Richard Watkins together with the rest of the pack winning penalties.  Back rowers Geraint Evans, Josh Hammond and Centre Jamie Price put in some big hits putting Ferndale on the back foot in what was an even first half before Ferndale scored a try before half time to give themselves breathing space at the break.
The second half started evenly with Llandrindod locks Ash Hammond and Dave Smith carrying manfully alongside Ash Hammond Jnr and the inspirational Geraint Evans.  This was now taking its toll on the away side and the Ferndale bench added impact which resulted in 3 quick tries.  Back came Llandrindod and with useful carries from winger Mark Davies and centre Will Powell helping gain field position, a scrum 10 metres from the line went forward at a rate of knotts resulting in a penalty try, converted by Duggan.  With 8 minutes to go and the score 32-10 Geraint Evans was unlucky to be shown a yellow card and whilst absent Ferndale ran in 3 converted tries despite the best efforts of skipper Watkins and Gareth Oakley at full back.  This was cruel luck on the away side who can be proud of their efforts and now face two home games, starting with Llanrumney on 26th November, 1.30 kick off before the Wales v South Africa game.

Llandrindod Wells 15 - Whitchurch 17
Llandrindod entertained Whitchurch on a perfect day for running rugby and both teams contributed to a breathless encounter which Whitchurch stole at the death.  The first half saw adventure from both sides with Whitchurch opening the scoring after ten minutes with a converted try before the home side responded with a clever try after a number of phases including a nice break from Richard Watkins before a snipe around the ruck from scrum half Dale Wilson unleashed supporting flanker Josh Hammond for a try which was unconverted.
Whitchurch got another try from a driving maul which was given despite the home sides protests and the touchline conversion extended their lead to 9 points.  Llandrindod were to respond before half time with a pre planned move off a tap penalty resulting in Aled Price scoring an unconverted try.  This left the home side a 4 point deficit to make up on the visitors and some good carries by Bon Williams and Ash Hammond got Llandrindod on the front foot.
A multi-phased attack close to the Whitchurch line saw number 8 Geraint Evans force himself over the line to give Llandrindod a slender one point lead.  The home side seemed to be in control until a fracas that involved twenty players broke out resulting in  one red card for Llandrindod and Two for Whitchurch.  This seemed to galvanise the away team who stole the ball from the resulting maul before their centre made a break which resulted in a difficult penalty opportunity.  The Whitchurch kicker continued his excellent form and despatched the penalty between the sticks and the experienced away team were able to see out the final couple of minutes before the final whistle.
This was a hammer blow to this largely young Llandrindod side who will undoubtedly learn a harsh lesson from losing a game from a winning position, though there were however lots of positives to take forward into the next game.

Tongwnlais 38 - Llandrindod Wells 5
Llandrindod travelled to Cardiff with a bare 15 players and put in a gutsy performance before being beaten by a clinical Tongwnlais team with some silky runners in the backs. The visitors started brightly before Tongwnlais got their backs into the game with 2 quick fire tries by their scrum half and right winger. Llandrindod responded well and got their driving lineout going, pinpoint throwing from Sam Davies led to a driving maul expertly marshalled by skipper Richard Watkins that started on the home sides 10 metre line before being stopped just 5 metres short, a big carry from No.8 Nathan Jones took Llandrindod inches short before scrum half Dale Wilson dummied to score a try to bring the away team back into it.

The Llandrindod scrum started to win penalties with Noel Davies Jones alongside Sam Davies and skipper Watkins to the fore and Llandrindod looked to have levelled things up but Bon Williams was just held up short. Moments later Tongwnlais broke away to score a try under the posts, a hammer blow for Llandrindod as they now found themselves 14 points down at half time. The second half was a similar story with Llandrindod pressing for the most part. There were some good carries from back row brothers Josh and Ashley Hammond which took the game to their hosts and Sean Cosgrave almost released winger Ben Williams who's line kicking had been impressive all day, but a hand from a home player prevented the scoring pass going to hand. Winger Gareth Oakley and Centre Luke Evans combined well to force another scoring position but again Llandrindod were denied with Llandrindod 's other Ash Hammond held up over the line needing 3 defenders to stop him. Tongwnlais's defence held firm though and after regaining possession got the ball wide to their pacy centre who out sprinted the away defence to score out wide. By now Llandrindod were out on their feet and Tongwnlais added two more converted tries despite the valiant efforts of Llandrindod's man of the match Dave Smith who put in a tireless shift in the second row. This is a performance that Llandrindod can build on when they host Whitchurch this Saturday, 2.30 kick off.

Sully View 51 Llandrindod Wells 19
Llandrindod made their longest away trip of the season as they travelled to the south coast to play Sully View, in what was to be a long afternoon for them. Shorn of a number of key backs Llandrindod had to rely on a couple of players to play completely out of position, with special mention to the young half-back pairing of Ash Hammond Junior and Ben Williams playing their first games at 9 and 10 respectively.
The game started well for Llandrindod, with them gaining good territory and possession but unable to cross the line. An injury to flanker and main line-out jumper George Morgan proved costly tothe away team as this seemed to trigger Sully into life, scoring 4 unanswered tries in the middle part of the first half. Llandrindod managed to get on the scoreboard with prop Noel Davies Jones powering his way over after a number of good phases from the forwards, but Sully finished the half the stronger with another try to leave them with a commanding lead.
The second half proved a lot more even with Llandrindod edging things up front but with Sullys backs proving a thorn in the away teams side. Both teams managed to score twice with Llandrindod tries coming from Number 8 Geraint Evans and centre Will Powell, who also suffered a nasty gash to his headwhilst crossing the white wash. We wish him a speedy recovery.
Llandrindod now have two weeks off with their next game being away toTongwynlais on the 15th October.

Llandrindod Wells 5 - Hirwaun 22
Llandrindod hosted Hirwaun in the first meeting between the two sides and came out second best to a physical side with an effective game plan.  The game however was by no means one sided. With Hirwaun 3-0 up at the break they took advantage of Llandrindod having a man in the bin to score two quick tries through captain Dai Norwill and  centre Joel Dunning.  Both converted by Dai Llewellyn. These scores were always going to be crucial in a game as tight as this and winger Huw Morris scored again for the visitors before Llandrindod replied with a score of their own from winger Ben Williams.   There were positives for the home team with the scrum dominant with joint captains Rich Watkins and Aled Price to the fore alongside a useful shift from Kyle Stevens.  No 8 Geraint Evans worked tirelessly and Will Adams was prominent in the lineout.  In the backs  Dillon O' Leary and Matt Williams looked sharp with Paul Griffiths and Bon Williams linking well for the home sides try.  Llandrindod will look to pick up their first League win when they travel to Sully View on 24th September. 


Club News

Llandrindod hosted their third home game of the new year and like the previous two games the result was decided in the final moments of the game. 
Llandrindod beat Cardiff outfit Cathays in a scinitilating match by the narrow marging on 34-33. Well done everyone. Scorers details, match report etc will be on this site soonest.

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