Cup fever has once again gripped Llandovery - the West Wales Section B pace-setters confidently brushed aside the challenge of Trimsaran on Saturday to earn a plum Schweppes Cup second round tie at home to Glamorgan Wanderers on December 20th.
Another outstanding performance from their heavyweight pack paved the way for victory, and you can be sure that the Llandovery eight will pose many a problem for their first class visitors in the second round.
The game was effectively won and lost in the first half when Trimsaran, with the advantage of the wind and the slope, failed to score. It was Llandovery who changed over in the lead and they went on to completely dominate the second half.
Trimsaran however never gave up, with Simon James the pick of their forwards and right wing Tyrone Hughes a tireless tackler. On several occasions Hughes prevented Llandovery scoring further tries and his sterling work kept his side in the game in the first half.
Llandovery won the toss and elected to play into the wind and up the slope but within minutes they were ahead. Alun Thomas split the Trimsaran defence with a devastating break down the middle and followed up his kick ahead to score.
That was the way it stayed until half-time, and with the elements in their favour Llandovery took control in the second half. Outside half Carwyn Williams put the Trimsaran defence under pressure with some high up-and-unders and from a scrum five metres out Chris Davies picked up and scored.
Minutes later a mis-move in the centre saw full back Geraint Williams running through to score. Brother Carwyn converted and added a penalty goal ten minutes later.
Carwyn Williams increased the lead with a drop goal, before Llandovery wrapped it up with the best try of the game. Following some powerful scrummaging the ball was moved quickly out to Alun Thomas, and the centre once again broke through to score near the posts. Carwyn Williams converted.
All in all it was a good team effort by Llandovery but at forward Chris Davies and Nigel Clarke were especially prominent and centre Alun Thomas was the best attacker on view. Bring on the Wanderers!
Llandovery and Whitland are through to the second round of the competition after respective 26-0 and 25-15 away victories over Trimsaran and Pembroke Dock Quins, qualifying them for money-spinning home ties against the big fish on Saturday, December 20th. Llandovery entertain Glamorgan Wanderers, while Whitland play host to Pontypridd.
Llandovery crossed for four tries at Trimsaran through centre Alun Thomas (the only score of the first half), wing-forward Chris Davies, No. 8 Nigel Clarke and full-back and skipper Geraint Williams. Fly half Carwyn Williams added two conversions, a penalty goal and dropped goal.