Howe's late penalty grabs Llandovery victory
LLANDOVERY College beat Neath Port Talbot College 21-19 in a superb clash in the Welsh Colleges Elite League.
Llandovery took victory late on thanks to a 35-metre penalty from centre Owen Howe.
There was nothing to chose between two very competitive sides intent on playing with pace and movement.
Llandovery, who only joined the league this year, looked comfortable and good enough to make a challenge for honours at the end of the season.
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They had a combative back row and a star in No. 8 Chris Williams, a livewire hooker in Dafydd Hughes, intelligent half-backs in skipper Dan Brooks and James Morgan and a dangerous full-back in Lloyd Rogers.
Neath Port Talbot College also had stand-out performers in No. 8 Callum Davies, centres Dafydd Howells and Joe Thomas and a fine line-out forward in lock Adam Beard.
The tertiary college outscored Llandovery by three tries to two but the Lilywhites got home thanks to the excellent kicking of Howe.
Howe opened the scoring after 15 minutes with a smart pick-up of a rolling ball after a chip ahead from Hughes.
The centre added the conversion and penalty and although he failed with the difficult conversion of a wide out try by wing Jed Evans, the home side were ahead 15-0.
Neath Port Talbot's forwards made the hard yards to bring their side right back into the game and centres Dafydd Howells and Joe Thomas crossed either side of a Howe penalty.
Fly-half Luke Price added the extras to make it 18-14 at the break and the visitors went ahead for the first time midway through the second half when backs and forwards combined in a sweeping move to send wing Jordan Adderley in at the corner.
The momentum looked to be with Neath Port Talbot and only a midfield interception by Howe stopped a possible fourth try.
The Lilywhites got a second wind in the last ten minutes.
James Morgan turned the visiting defence with some well-measured kicks to the corner and Howe punished an infringement in the tackle area with a good penalty for a personal and very valuable tally of 16 points.