The Drovers were good value for their five-tries-to-one win over the Cardiff students and, on this showing, will barely miss the likes of Paul Jones and Mark Lewis plus half a dozen others who have departed.
There was delight at Church Bank in the performance of new boys Peter Lloyd, Dafydd Jones and Geraint John. Fly-half Lloyd distributed fluently, kicked long and covered energetically, scoring 17 points in the process with a try, two penalties and three conversions. Aberaeron youngster Jones was a fit, mobile flanker and formed an outstanding back row with veteran Dai Giles and the tireless Gareth Thomas. Centre John, who along with wing Mark Jones is on a dual registration with Llanelli, did the bits and pieces with authority and made a try for Lloyd with a dancing piece of footwork.
Not that the game was one-sided - there was little between the teams in the first half, the Drovers leading by two Lloyd penalties to one by Paul Jones, until scrum-half Jamie Roberts sprinted clear on the stroke of half-time for a try converted by Lloyd.
With the home scrummaging exerting pressure, tries from replacement wing Carwyn Jones and Giles took Llandovery clear 25-3 before the students mounted a brave rally sparked by half-backs Owen Ruttley and skipper John Welch. A Paul Jones try and conversion gave hope but just when it looked as if they would reduce the leeway even further, wing Graham Thomas lost the ball in the act of scoring and this gave centre Tracy Lewis the chance to make a spectacular run out of defence and send full-back Ioan Davies scampering over from 40 metres.