Match Reports 2008/9
Tredegar (48) Llantrisant (3)
April 4th 2009
Llantisants black army were defeated on the rec by Tredegar's long range attacking force seeing the home team score eight tries, securing another bonus point win to put themselves 15 points clear at the top of Division 2.
Llantrisant drew first blood with a solitary penalty from Ian Worgan who enjoyed possession and territorial advantage. With Tredegar's reargaurd action keeping the visitors at bay a suberb angled run by Daffyd Smith saw the winger bag the first of his three touchdowns much against the run of play.
Jack Dawson took full advantage of a defensive error barging over to get Tredegar's second try and then that man Smith ran fifty meters to get his second try of the day. Whilst captain Paul Edwards steadied the ship with his astute leadership and patiently led the Tredegar build up, Greg Jones slotted his first conversion of the afternoon.
Steve Knight competed for everything and following a turnover, Jamie Henthorne outsprinted the covering defence to get on the score sheet. With Tredegar turning on the style the efforts of the forwards were rewarded by the black army capitulating and Tredegar enjoyed a purple patch scoring five tries in the second half. Number eight Dave Ford excelled and with Joe Campbell the Tredegar back row unit contolled the breakdown and were responsible for initiating the Tredegar attack.
Full back Rob Smith put in a man of the match performance and got his just rewards when he touched down securing a bonus point for Tredegar to extend their lead at the top of the division. When the heavy artillery arrived, replacements Ryan Thomas and Ian Evans crashed over and Greg Jones three conversions saw him pass 200 points scored so far this season. With the only option but to retreat, Llantrisant could not dispell the Tredegar attack and when Smith completed his hat trick and Greg Jones converted , Tredegar comfortably dispatched the black army forty-eight points to three.
Tredegar's Director of Coaching Robert Johnstone said " With 5 games to go the team is very nervous and want to ensure promotion is achieved sooner rather than later. With this in mind all efforts will be made to get those vital points in the immediate forthcoming games and whilst another bonus point win may be good enough to gain promotion Tredegar intend to do so as champions "
On Saturday Tredegar travel to near neighbours Abergavenny and hope to record the double over their near neighbours.