Llandovery ignored recent league form to account for Division One counterparts Rumney in an entertaining encounter at Riverside Park.
The Drovers knew they had their work set out to improve on the 32-8 drubbing inflicted upon them in November at the same ground. However coach Iestyn Thomas was justifiably pleased with the result. “It’s difficult to come down here, especially in the cup where Rumney are notable for their past efforts. We almost lost the plot but some big performances from individuals such as Tracy Lewis and Neil Clapham helped us pull through,” he said.
Indeed Llandovery had to wait until the second half to assert their dominance. Matthew Silva had kicked the home side into a five-point lead thanks to three penalties and a conversion of Gareth Cleaver’s try. Llandovery had replied through a brace of penalties from full-back Stuart Harries and a try from influential lock David Giles. A moment of individual brilliance saw outside-half Clapham dance his way through a bemused Rumney defence for the Drovers’ second try. Winger Ioan Davies added the Drovers’ third and Harries had two successful conversions. Tracy Lewis capped a fine individual performance with a try to put the game well out of reach, despite Stuart McIntyre’s late effort for Rumney.