Leaders widen gap at top
LLANDOVERY College stretched their lead at the top of the Welsh Colleges Elite League with an excellent 24-3 win at Neath Port Talbot College.
With the surprise 20-10 defeat of Coleg Sir Gar away to Coleg Morgannwg, the Carmarthenshire school are now eight points clear of the Llanelli-based college.
Coleg Sir Gar do have two games in hand, but have still to travel to Llandovery for what will be a crucial game.
Playing into the wind in the first half, Llandovery adapted to the conditions better than the Neath Port Talbot side, with the forwards protecting possession well and carrying the ball powerfully.
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Although the home side took the lead early on with a penalty from fly-half Luke Price, Llandovery were back on terms immediately.
Good work by the forwards forced NPT to concede a penalty for not releasing. Centre Owen Howe kicked the goal and soon added another to make it 6-3 at the break.
Playing with the wind in the second half, Llandovery began to get on top with a mixture of good kicking and running.
Neath were punished by another Howe penalty when they were offside at a ruck before swift movement and great support tore holes in the home defence.
A stray Neath kick was fielded by scrum-half Joseph Hughes deep in his own half.
Hughes fed full-back Lloyd Rogers, who beat two players before linking with fly-half James Morgan and wing Ollie Smythe and it was Rogers who was up in support to score one of the tries of the season.
Howe added the conversion and a penalty after some Neath foul play before a quick tap-penalty allowed Hughes — standing in well for college skipper Dan Brooks — to slice through for a second Llandovery try and seal an important away win.