Veteran Llandovery No 8 Chris Davies has come out of retirement to stiffen the Drovers' forward effort - and that is exactly what he did at a wild and windy Parc Mawr on Saturday. The 34-year-old farmer was the focal point around which the promising but inexperienced Drovers forwards could rally in the loose. Davies's tackling, harassing and ball-winning continually frustrated a ragged-looking Bonymaen outfit which is a shadow of last year's entertaining side.
He was very well supported in all his efforts by brother and scrum-half Adrian Davies, who revelled in the wet conditions. His kicking was astute and his directing of operations top-class. Other big games in the Llandovery pack came from lock Colin Lewis, excellent at the lineout, flankers Aled Davies and Gareth Thomas and hooker John Hughes. The tackling behind the scrum, too, was firm and organised, with replacement centre Dafydd Jones - a flanker by trade - outstanding.
Bonymaen started badly by handing the visitors a try, scored by centre Geraint John, after they had tried to open out under their own posts. Poor ball-retention and sound Llandovery tackling restricted the home side to two penalties by centre Peter Roberts, two by Lloyd keeping the Drovers seven points clear at 13-6 with seven minutes remaining.
Bonymaen's replacement scrum-half, Daniel Hawkins, then injected enough urgency to fashion a try for wing Jonathan Young to bring the score to 13-11. Llandovery kept their composure in a hectic last five minutes and delivered the killer punch two minutes from time when a Lewis leap and forward surge was finished off by Aled Davies.
The day belonged, however, to Chris Davies, who had no time to either celebrate or watch the Australia v South Africa game in the clubhouse - he had to be back home for milking by 5pm.