Swansea
2017/2018 Principality Premiership
Swansea 21 v 28 Llandovery
12 May 2018 - St Helen's, Swansea
Llandovery

Match Report

Swansea 21 Llandovery 28

 

By: Paul Hopkins

 

A Rhodri Jones hat trick helped Llandovery to a 28-21 win over Swansea in an entertaining encounter at St Helen’s.

It was a perfect start for the All Whites as Tudor Hughes charged down a kick and the pack drove forward for Jon Vaughan to score inside the opening 30 seconds. James Davies converted.

The Drovers pack made great yards inside the Swansea twenty-two and earned a penalty, which Jack Maynard chipped to touch. Lewis Ellis-Jones rose to collect the lineout and a professional foul by Jon Fox saw the number eight yellow carded.

From the next set piece, Rhodri Jones powered over for a try under the posts, which Jack Maynard converted to level the scores.

Richard Brooks held onto possession for too long after the tackle, but James Davies hit the post with his penalty attempt. Drovers failed to clear though and the home side hit back with Rhodri Wells diving through a ruck to score under the posts. James Davies converted.

Two minutes later the scores were again tied when the Swansea defence wasn’t able to lay a glove on the pacey Scott Maynard, who race up to the line, before Rhodri Jones darted over for his second try. Jack Maynard converted.

Half-time:-   Swansea   14   Llandovery   14

Try number three came for the Drovers when Ryan Evans made yards in the twenty-two, before Rhodri Jones took the ball on a superb angle to complete a well deserved hat trick. Jack Maynard converted.

The Swansea pressure paid off when James Davies dummied his way over the line for a try, which he also converted.

A scrummaging infringement by the home side gave Llandovery a penalty, which Jack Maynard chipped to the corner. The visitors drive towards the line but were held up just short.

Huge pressure on the Swansea line saw Brooks crash over for a match winning try inside injury time. Jack Maynard converted.

Full-time:-   Swansea   21   Llandovery   28

 

Swansea scorers:

 

Tries:-   Jon Vaughan (1), Rhodri Wells (34), James Davies (70)

Cons:-   James Davies (2, 35, 71)

 

Llandovery scorers:

 

Tries:-   Rhodri Jones (15, 37, 59), Richard Brooks (80+1)

Cons:-   Jack Maynard (16, 38, 60, 80+2)

 

Match facts:

 

Venue:-   St Helen’s, Swansea

Referee:-   Simon Rees

Weather:-   Sunny, 13C

Man of the match:-   Rhodri Jones

Attendance:-   350

 

Swansea team:

 

15 Josh Thomas

14 Andrew Claypole

13 Ben Cambriani

12 Jake Randall (rep: Callum Carson 54)

11 Dan Howells

10 James Davies (rep: Owen Howe 80+2)

9 Rhodri Wells (rep: Josh Guy 48)

1 Jack Powell (rep: Fenton Holder 65)

2 Sion Jones (rep: Tom Ball 61)

3 Richard Murphy (rep: Lewys Bullock 80+2)

4 Sam Kiley (rep: Matt Dodd 61)

5 Tudor Hughes

6 Jon Vaughan (rep: Steffan Jones 65)

7 Ben Davies

8 Jon Fox ©

 

Replacements:

 

16 Tom Ball

17 Lewys Bullock

18 Fenton Holder

19 Matt Dodd

20 Steffan Jones

21 Josh Guy

22 Callum Carson

23 Owen Howe

 

Llandovery team:

 

15 Lee Rees

14 Kristian Jones (rep: Matthew Hughes 80+2)

13 Ryan Evans

12 Rhodri Jones

11 Aaron Warren

10 Jack Maynard

9 Scott Maynard (rep: Llyr Davies 48)

1 Berian Watkins (rep: Jamie Hughes 56)

2 Matthew Moore

3 Dexter Thomas (rep: Llyr Green 48)

4 Jack Jones

5 Joe Powell

6 Lewis Ellis-Jones

7 Stuart Worrall (rep: Shaun Miles 65)

8 Richard Brooks ©

 

Replacements:

 

16 Llyr Green

17 Jamie Hughes

18 Bryn Griffiths

19 Tom Davies

20 Garan Williams

21 Shaun Miles

22 Matthew Hughes

23 Llyr Davies

 

Attendance: 200

Official : Simon Rees (Wales)

Swansea Llandovery
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