One of the highlight’s of Llandovery College’s season takes place on Wednesday, January 22, when the Lilywhites entertain Crawshay’s Welsh U18s at Tredegar Close (KO 2.30pm) writes Huw S Thomas
The connection between the College and the invitation side goes all the way back to October 2 1929, when His Honour Judge Rowe Harding DL led Crawshay’s to a 26-16 victory.
In the college side that day were two future Welsh internationals - back row Arthur “Hairpin” Rees and full back Vivian Jenkins, who found fame in the Welsh side that beat the All Blacks 13-12 in Cardiff on December 21 1935.
Crawshay’s continue their missionary work in introducing promising young players – often those missed by the regions - into a challenging and competitive environment in which they are encouraged to play open, adventurous and – if needs be – risk-taking rugby.
Managed by former player Mike Whitson – son of Newport and Wales back row Geoff Whitson – they will offer the College a stern test.
The Lilywhites have been showing good form since returning to school from the Christmas term with wins over Brynteg CS from Bridgend (19-0), Llanishen HS from Cardiff (20-3) and Mount St Mary’s (31-0).
The catholic school from Sheffield put up a better fight than the score suggests and trailed by just 7-0 at the break – a try from wing Jack Griffiths, converted by full back James Davies.
After close interpassing by the increasingly dominant Llandovery pack Josh Hodson scored on the other wing following an accurately judged cross kick by Davies.
Immediately following the restart the ball was caught by hooker Dan James and following good work from back rowers Noah Callaghan and Alex Grey, Griffiths got his second try.
Further touchdowns from replacement Steffan Olszanski and fly half Will Frost pulled the College clear in the worsening conditions.