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In this week’s rugby round-up, we take a look at how Llandovery continued their fine 2023/24 campaign in the Welsh Indigo Premiership as they secured another bonus point victory against a tough Cardiff side who remain in the top four despite the loss.

We start this week’s rugby round-up by heading over to Cardiff Arms Park, as league leaders Llandovery travelled to face last year’s beaten Premiership finalists Cardiff RFC. Llandovery were stung early on as Cardiff dotted down for an early try, but Llandovery’s Taylor Davies soon struck back with a try that was converted by Loan Huges to level the points.

Despite levelling the points, Cardiff soon hit back to take the lead, extending it again shortly after with a barrage of tries in short succession. Jamie Hughes soon reduced the deficit as he scored the Drover’s second try of the day. It was then Llandovery’s time to score as they quickly scored two more tries with both being converted by Loan Hughes to put Llandovery ahead at halftime.

Llandovery soon gained some momentum; a strong second half performance put the game to rest with the game ending 26 – 54 in the away team’s favour. Llandovery are soon back in action as they travel 36 miles to face Swansea RFC this Saturday.

Elsewhere in the Welsh Premiership, Pontypridd were in action as they travelled to the Wern to face Merthyr RFC. Ponty had to heavily defend In the opening five after a sustained period of Merthyr attack. Despite the early pressure, Ponty grew into the game as they pinched the ball at a lineout to create a great chance but unfortunately, the pass just didn’t line up for Tom Edwards.

Merthyr punished Ponty shortly after as they dotted down after kicking deep into Ponty’s 22, leading to Merthyr taking the first points of the game. As the game continued, so did the pressure from Merthyr as play remained in the Ponty half. Merthyr dotted down for their second try in the 32nd minute, extending their lead within the first half. Ponty scraped back 5 points in the closing moments of the second as they claimed their first try of the day.

Despite a bright start from Ponty in the second, it was Merthyr that struck first as they added their third try and conversion of the day. Ponty came back strong as it was their turn to sustain some pressure on Merthyr. Ponty were back in the game as captain Macauley Cook dotted down from a rolling maul. Despite the comeback, It just wasn’t Ponty’s day as the injury-stricken side lost 21 – 15. Next up for Pontypridd is Tyron Morris’ Newport RFC.

Ebbw Vale watched on elsewhere last weekend as they enjoyed their mini break from the pitch as they are scheduled to return on 17th February against Bridgend.

Similarly, Rotherham Titans were also out of action last weekend as they are busy preparing to face Fylde away at the Woodlands on their return to the league on Saturday 10th February.

We now head over to the Regional 2 Midlands West league as Hereford and Worcester were both in action. Hereford returned to play at home as they welcomed league leaders Stow-on-the-Wold. In a game full of action it was Stow-on-the-Wold that came out on top as they narrowly beat the home side 36 – 38. Hereford will return this week as they travel to play Moseley Oak.

Elsewhere, Worcester RFC had another challenging game as they were faced with an in-form Ludlow side. Despite a valiant effort, it was another disappointing loss for the West Midlands side as they were beaten 39 – 7. Worcester are fast running out of games to pick up points, and face the ultimate test as they face off against league leaders Stow-on-the-Wold on the 17th February.

There was a second Worcester team in action last weekend as Worcester Women travelled to face Barnsley Ladies in the Women’s Championship North 1. Despite tallying up a score of 20 it just wasn’t enough as Barnsley used the home advantage to go on and win the game 34 – 20. Next up for Worcester Women, it’s Buckingham Swans Ladies on Sunday the 18th of February.

Barkers Butts returned to winning ways after a wobble away at Coventrians. Barkers Butts beat 11th-place Old Wheatleyans with the game finishing 47 – 19. Thanks to another bonus point victory they remain at the top of the leaderboard with Veseyans two points behind in hot pursuit. They are back in action next weekend as they travel to face Veseyans in a huge clash for the title.

Woodrush suffered a blow last weekend as they suffered a loss to Walsall II after they returned to winning ways against Uttoxeter the week prior. Woodrush struggled to get off the mark as they only tallied 5 points overall with the game finishing 20-5 in favour of Walsall II. The loss means that Woodrush remain in 10th place with six points separating them and Old Wheatleyans. Woodrush will struggle to find a better opportunity to climb the table on their return to the league as they are scheduled to face Southam who currently sit twelve points ahead of them in 9th.

Chipstead returned to usual business last week as they comfortably beat Law Society 17 – 34 in the Counties 2 Surrey. Chipstead will now look to push on and challenge Old Haileyburians and Old Rutlishians in 2nd and 3rd. Looking to their next fixture Chipstead are scheduled to face 7th-place Old Wimbledonians on Sunday the 17th of February.

Lastly, we head over to the BUCS Super Rugby League for round 13. Swansea University travelled to face league leaders Exeter in their hopes of climbing the table. Despite tallying a total of 31 points Swansea couldn’t hold on as Exeter pushed ahead to win the game 55 – 31. Although Swansea missed out they can take positives from the performance as they pushed a strong Exeter side until the end while walking away with a bonus point to go level with Nottingham and one point off Cardiff in 8th.

Swansea will have a great opportunity to push up the table this week as they are set to face Cardiff on the 7th of February at St. Helen’s with a 6.30 pm kick-off.

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