Llandovery 20-25 Cardiff RFC

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Cardiff RFC ensured that they have completed the first half of the Indigo Group Premiership season with a 100% record with a win over Llandovery on Saturday afternoon.

Steve Law had been forced into a number of changes up front, with Brynley Toms, Iestyn Harris and Ollie Drake forming a new front row, while Kieran Martin started for the first time this season alongside Sam Pailor in the second row.

However the pack gave the Blue and Blacks a strong footing early in the game, with three quickfire penalties giving us field position before a strong driving maul earned field position in the Llandovery 22.

While the forwards couldn’t quite blast over as Cardiff camped on the try line, the ball was eventually spun wide and Edd Howley was on hand to take advantage of the space.

Gareth Thompson missed the conversion but kicked a penalty shortly after to extend the lead, however the tide of the game started turning as Llandovery fly-half Jack Maynard kicked a penalty of his own.

Edd Howley Llandovery RFC

The home side pushed on and eventually earned a penalty try with Zach O’Driscoll sent to the sin bin before Ollie Drake followed him a few minutes later, but fortunately the Drovers could not take advantage and the score stayed 10-8.

Back up to 15 in the second half Cardiff regained the lead thanks to a well worked attack that saw Tom Habberfield and Howley team up to make the initial break before the ball was worked back to Jason Harries and eventually Gareth Thompson to score and convert his own try,

Thompson then traded penalties with Maynard to make the score 18-13 before the game’s pivotal moment saw Teri Gee open his Blue and Blacks account in his second spell with a fine individual try that Thompson converted.

An Aaron Warren try and Maynard conversion made the game close for the final minutes but Cardiff held on to make it 11 wins from 11 in the league.

The lead at the top of the table has now been extended to a whopping 15 points but there is no time to rest on laurels for the Blue and Blacks with a trip up the A470 to rivals Pontypridd next Saturday.

Pictures courtesy of Viv Jones

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