Saturday, 11 January 2014

Llanharan 22-22 Tondu

A dramatic penalty by outside half Matthew Murphy with the last kick of a terrific SWALEC Cup first round tie at the Dairy Field earned Tondu a draw and they go through on try count to play premiership high flyers Llandovery in the second round  on February 15.

It was cruel luck for Llanharan who led for most of the match and who were pounding away at the Tondu line as full time approached but a turnover saw the Waterwheelers launch a last ditch attack from their own line with winger Mark Roberts and centre Joseph Gatt which was only stopped in the home 22.

Llanharan infringed and Murphy kicked the penalty which took Tondu into the second round.

Outside half Cody Rees kicked three first half penalties for Llanharan to an interception try by Murphy which he also converted but the home side should have had a bigger half time lead for their domination than  9-7.

Tondu roared into the lead with a n56th minute try by scrum half Gareth Lindenburn converted by Murphy but the Dairymen came back with tries by winger Rhys Walker and Rees but Rees just failed to land either conversion.

Back came Tondu with a try by No 8 Ashton Evans from a smart floated pass by Murphy who just missed the conversion but he more than made up for that by kicking the decisive penalty which turned out to be the last kick of an exciting tie. 


Llanharan:  Tries – R Walker, C Rees; Pens – C Rees (4)

Tondu:  Tries – M Murphy, G Lindenburn, A Evans; Cons – M Murphy (2); Pen - Murphy


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