Huw S Thomas reports:
The Drovers beat a bruising but often skilful Bargoed by six tries to two to get into the last 16 of the Swalec Cup.
All the talk at Church Bank on Saturday night was of a return to the Millennium Stadium to repeat the glory day of April 28 2007 when Llandovery famously beat Cardiff in extra –time to win the Cup.
Chairman Handel Davies was more realistic. "Much will depend on the draw. An away game against one of the top Premiership three would be difficult but it is safe to say that we fear no-one at home. Lady luck plays a huge part in any cup competition but there is a lot of optimism in the club that we can repeat the exploits of 2007," smiled Davies.
The Drovers had the game won in the first half when they built up a 29-0 lead on the half-hour, four tries underlining the superior power, strength and speed of the Principality Premiership. Two tries from a sharp-looking Ifan Evans and one each from centre Sam Soul and full-back Dan Rogers plus three conversions and a penalty from sprightly fly-half Tomas Marks had the game won.
There was plenty of possession for the Drovers, and although Bargoed scrummaged well, Scarlets lock Lou Reed commanded the line-outs and the home back-row of Rob McCusker, Ioan Cunningham and Gareth Williams dominated the loose.
The Division One East side may have been outclassed but remained very competitive and made it 29-7 going into the break after one of their two excellent centres Darren Humphries – brother Rhys the other – grabbed a try.
There was less to choose between the two sides thereafter. Ifan Evans and Bargoed wing Geraint Hodges swopped tries before the visitors had a 15 minute patch when they put the home defence under a lot of pressure. Just when they seemed ready to close the gap, Bargoed had a pass intercepted in the home 22 by little Tomas Marks who sprinted the length of the field for a try which he converted for a personal 18 point haul.
Bargoed’s frustration ended with them losing their discipline, with referee Simon Harris red-carding flanker Gareth McCarthy and No 8 Lewis Weyman for kicking and punching respectively before diplomatically blowing up early.