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24 November 2018 / Club News

Merthyr 34 LLandovery 24

HARD FOUGHT WIN FOR THE IRONMEN

MERTHYR 34 LLANDOVERY 24(Friday 23rd November 18, Wern sports complex).

The ironmen were made to work hard for their bonus point win over the “The Drovers” of Llandovery who can feel a little unlucky missing out on a  losing bonus point, at the death. The game started at a frantic pace with the ironmen on the attack from the whistle, with both backs and forwards combining well and it was not long before the home side were on the score sheet, when after several pick up and drives near the Llandovery line prop forward Louis Jones barged his way over the whitewash, full back Matthew Jarvis converting on his 100 appearance for the club. As the game began to settle the Llandovery backs look very dangerous with ball in hand especially outside half Jack Maynard with his side step and jinking runs. Llandovery soon drew level when a fine move from the Drovers backs found centre Ryan Evans in space who broke away to score, Maynard converted, and the scores were level 7-7. Back came the ironmen well led by skipper Craig Locke and good support from his fellow forwards James Howe, and Phil Rees. Llandovery were caught off side inside the Merthyr half and full back Jarvis made no mistake with a well struck penalty to put the ironmen back ahead 10-7. Both sides cancelled each other out for the remainder of the first half but  just before the half time whistle a stray kick up field was collected by Jarvis who raced back at the Llandovery defence and his jinking run found top try scorer Jay Baker on his outside who collected the pass to race over for Merthyr’s 2nd try, Jarvis converted to edge Merthyr ahead at half time 17-7. Merthyr started the second half on the attack and a fine penalty kick for touch from outside half Richard Powell pinned Llandovery deep inside their own 25.  From the lineout the Merthyr 8 drove towards the Llandovery line and when the drive was pulled down short referee Dewi Phillips awarded a penalty try for deliberately collapsing to extend Merthyr’s lead 24-7. If Merthyr thought it was game over Llandovery had other ideas and  soon hit back as Maynard began to bring his backs into play and a fine back move which saw the ball go through several pairs of hands found wing man Aaron Warren in space to race away for the visitors second try, Maynard converted to reduce the score 24-14. From the restart a great drive, up field form Principality player of the Month number 8 Phil Rees gained Merthyr ground deep inside the Llandovery 25 but his final pass just going to ground. Back came Llandovery, with once again their dangerous backs moving the ball wide to stretch the home defence and this was once again rewarded when full back Gavin Thomas joined the line to create an overlap and score wide out, Maynard converted, and it was game on with the score 24-21. The next score was important to both sides and it was home skipper Locke that provided the score following several drives close to the Drovers line as he crash over for what was the winning score, Jarvis converted to give Merthyr a 31-24 lead going into the last 10 minutes. Llandovery kept plugging away looking for that all important score but good home defence and line kicking from Powell keeping them out. Then on the stroke of full time a dangerous tip tackle on the half way line saw referee Phillips award just a penalty which Jarvis kicked from 50 meters and deny Llandovery any points from the game, which they deserved. In a game that was won at 24-7 nearly slipped away from the ironmen at 24-21, but overall, they always seemed to be in control. The Merthyr 8 once again paved the way for the bonus point victory, well led by Locke and well supported by his fellow forwards especially Howe, Rees, Perkins. Behind the scrum James looked lively and Powell kicked well out of hand, but Merthyr had a Match winner in Full back Matthew Jarvis with both is all round play and his accurate goal kicking on his 100th game for the ironmen. The win keeps Merthyr on top of the Premiership league with a 7-point gap from rivals Pontypridd. This Week Merthyr face the Black and Ambers of Newport a side that they lost to last season at home in the league but went on to defeat in the WRU cup final, kick off 2:30pm.

MERTHYR, 15 M JARVIS,14 J BAKER,13 A THOMAS,12 A PINCHES,11 L WILLIAMS, 10 R POWELL, 9 J JAMES, 1 J HOWE,2 R WILLIAMS,3 L JONES, 4 K SMITH,5 C LOCKE© 6 J THOMAS, 7 J PERKINS, 8 P REES. 16 M DWYER,17 S HOBBS, 18 B WARREN, 19 H BARNES,20 N WHITE,21 A HOSKINS,22 G DAVIES,23 J MARTIN.

Scorers, L Jones 1t, C Locke 1t, J Baker 1t, Penalty try, M Jarvis 2 pens, 3 cons

Referee, Dewi Phillips.   

 

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