08 January 2017 / Club News

Lampeter 19 Llandeilo 13

You know it’s not going to be your day when…….

  • you can muster just 11 of your own players at kick-off time and have to rely on the maximum four permits;
  • your only replacement is delayed at work and doesn’t arrive until 15 minutes into the second half;
  • you have a penalty try awarded against you on the third reset of a scrum you’ve already won against the head twice;
  • despite all this, you more than hold your own, you score an excellent try from your own half, you are still ahead going into the TWELFTH minute of stoppage time and even that is not good enough.

We have had a difficult few months and although we have now lost six in a row, three of those have been one-score bonus point defeats in games we really should have won.

And yesterday, we really did enough to win. On a dreary day, we had to rely on four permits to make up a starting 15 (though three of them were former long-time Llandeilo players) and went into the second half with no subs as Turrell, who was due to start, didn’t get there until well after half time.

By that time, we were 10-0 up. Steff kicked a penalty which was the only score of the first half, then, from the restart, he finished off the best move of the game, started by Dan Roberts and carried on by Matthew and the excellent Leighton.

But it couldn’t last. Lampeter forgot any plans they might have had to run at us and concentrated on their sole weapon, their strong pack, which, to their credit, they used very well. They rolled maul after maul, one of which brought their opening try, then another lengthy scrum five led to their penalty try after the referee was not convinced by Dan winning the head a couple of times.

Steff kicked us back into a 12-13 lead almost immediately and so it remained until the end of a remarkable period of added time. Yes, we were under the pump and Lampeter shunned a few chances to kick at goal to pile the pressure on our lighter forwards. The boys tackled like demons and kept them out time and time again but nobody could have foreseen that the second half would last an extraordinary (and quite frankly, unfair) 52 minutes and after our hosts finally crossed, the conversion was, of course, the final act of the game.

An outstanding performance from all sixteen players deserved more than another losing bonus point but it’s academic now. Let’s look ahead to Penybanc away next week and the opportunity to earn the first double of the season.

Ymlaen Llandeilo.

Llandeilo: Rhys Evans; Ryan Lynch, Cai Davies, Dan Thomas, Aled Tommasson: Steffan Roberts, Leighton Rees; Nick Chappell, Dan Roberts, Gareth Morgan, Dean Faulkner, Arwel Davies, Dan Davies, Matthew Davies (Captain), Bobby Jones (James Turrell).

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