Despite the atrocious weather conditions, Rumney delivered their best display of the season to account for visitors Llandovery. For the few stalwarts who braved the elements the game was a welcome tonic following an indifferent start to the season.
The key to Saturday's victory lay in the return to the starting line-up of influential lock Mike Peard. From the outset, the towering second-row forward guaranteed Rumney plenty of quality line-out ball, while his presence in the loose caused constant problems for the Drovers' defence. Peard's just reward came in the shape of two well-taken tries.
Assistant coach Steve Ford was quick to praise Peard's input into a previously flagging Rumney outfit. "Mike's return from injury has added considerably to the team," he said. "His presence undoubtedly brought a more dynamic approach from the pack, while his constant supply of possession allowed the rest of the players to express themselves fluently on the pitch."
Rumney certainly played with the greater cohesion throughout. They were able to make light of the slippery conditions, spreading the ball with confidence. Eddie Simmonds's try in the second minute signalled the start of an onslaught on the Drovers' line. Peard's double was complemented by a brace apiece from forwards Simon Greedy and Ben Atkins, while centre Max Ryce's industry throughout the game was rewarded with an excellent try.
Three tries came as scant consolation for Llandovery coach Geraint Williams, who has a difficult task in gelling his youthful team into a competitive force again.