Llandovery and Ebbw Vale went toe-to-toe at Church Bank as the Drovers edged the win despite a second-half comeback from the Steelmen while Pontypridd suffered a blow from Bridgend.
A battle between 1st and 2nd of the Indigo Welsh Premiership took place last weekend as Ebbw Vale travelled to take on Llandovery with the hopes of back-to-back wins against them in the Welsh Premiership. Llandovery started the game strong as they have done so well, so far this season. The Drovers piled on the pressure early on to open up their scoring for the day while limiting the Steelmen to only 3 points in the first half.
Llandovery had established a lead of 11 points as the second half commenced, leaving Ebbw Vale with an uphill battle. It was the Drovers that scored first in the second half thanks to a converted penalty from Jack Maynard, extending their score to 17. The comeback was on however as Ebbw Vale had a breakthrough in the 45th minute as they were awarded a penalty try, followed by a try in the 51st minute. Unfortunately, it was just too little too late for the Steelmen as the Drovers went on to win the game 17-15.
Looking forward to the weekend Llandovery will travel to face RGC away from home with a 2:30 kick-off, while Ebbw Vale face bottom of the table Neath.
Elsewhere in the Indigo Welsh Premiership Pontypridd RFC were in action against Bridgend. Ponty started brightly with them opening the scoring in the 12th minute thanks to Josh Phillips converting a penalty. The lead didn’t last long however with Bridgend fly-half Jamin Hodgkins executing a penalty to get level with the visitors.
More drama followed with Ponty then kicking a second penalty to extend their lead to be 3 points to only be cancelled out shortly after by Bridgend’s Hodgkins kicking to level the game before half time.
As the second half kicked off it was Bridgend that struck first to lead for the first time in the game after claiming their third penalty.
Bridgend’s confidence grew as shortly after they extended their lead to six points thanks to another penalty kick. As the home side pushed ahead, Ponty’s luck turned with fullback Phillips departing the field with an injury. As the game reached the final moments of the game it was clear that it just wasn’t meant to be for Pontypridd as they couldn’t find the remaining point with the game finishing 15-13.
Looking ahead to the weekend, Pontypridd will want to return to winning ways as they return home to Sardis Road to face Pontypool RFC on Saturday the 27th of January.
It was quiet over in Rotherham last weekend as Rotherham Titans were due to face Huddersfield away from home. However, the Titans found themselves having an unexpected rest as the game was called off due to a frozen pitch. Rotherham will return to play this weekend against Tynedale as they take them on at Clifton Lane.
It was another outing for Woodrush last weekend in the Counties 2 Midlands West (East) as they travelled to face 11th-place Old Wheatleyans. Despite scoring a total of 15 points it was too little too late for Woodrush as they were beaten 21-15 by Old Wheatleyans who used the opportunity to close the gap between them and Woodrush in 10th position to only one point.
Ahead of the weekend, Woodrush will prepare to face bottom-of-the-league Uttoxeter away from home on Saturday the 27th of January.
Elsewhere this weekend we have multiple teams in action across the United Kingdom and wish them all the best!
Wednesday 24th of January
- Nottingham v Swansea – BUCS Super League
Saturday 27th of January
- Cheltenham v Worcester – Regional 2 Midlands West
- Ludlow v Hereford – Regional 2 Midlands West
- Coventrians v Barkers Butts – Counties 2 Midlands West (East)
- Chipstead v Old Haileyburians – Counties 2 Surrey
- Worcester Women v West Park Leeds Ladies – Women’s Championship North 1
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