What the Papers Say – Huw S Thomas reports
Rumney’s run of four league wins came to a halt under the Church Bank lights when Llandovery had that edge of conviction and enthusiasm. Once the Drovers turned around 22-10 in the lead, despite facing the strong wind, the writing was on the wall for the Cardiff side.
Although Rumney tried hard they were hit by the absence of loose head prop Paul Douglas and were forced to play David Stanworth, on loan from Pill Harriers. But their loose forwards, with Glenn George away injured, did not quite have the pace of the home trio of Mark Lewis, New Zealander Dan Stead and Chris Hughes.
No 8 Hughes was influential in the first half in the way he carried the ball strongly over the gain line, and with lock Martin Morgan, on loan from Llanelli, making a very favourable impression in loose and line-out on his debut, Llandovery had the edge for most of the game.
A try by hooker Hywel James and two by lock Colin Lewis, plus a conversion and penalty from full-back Stuart Hancox, against a Rumney try by wing Christian Wills, converted by Jonathan Mason, who also kicked a penalty, had the Drovers in control at half-time.
The surprise after the break was that, once Hancox had stretched the lead to 25-10 with a penalty, Llandovery's errors in ball-retention let Rumney back into the game. With Llandovery sub Paul Jones sin-binned, flanker Simon Greedy led the way as Rumney scored a try through centre Steve Ford. With John Westgarth on, Llandovery regained the advantage for James to get his second try from a line-out, converted by Hancox. The visitors stuck bravely to their task and even got a third try by wing Lee Abdul only to finish three points short of gaining a bonus point.