This was as dramatic a finish as you could wish to see. The Drovers, who had been outplayed up front in the second half, staged a tremendous rally to snatch victory in the ninth minute of injury time, when centre Tracy Lewis scored a try and fly-half Peter Lloyd kicked the crucial conversion.
Merthyr coach Mark Titley was not a happy man but referee Barrie Williams, clear and precise throughout, had explained the injury-time position to both sides before the end of normal time. Merthyr, who included two former Llandovery captains in prop Paul Jones and flanker Mark Lewis, will kick themselves for losing a game which they looked to have in the bag.
Llandovery had scored two tries in an even first half, the first by wing Mark Jones, a wonderful individual effort from the halfway, and the second was also down to good solo work, from centre Tracy Lewis, who spun through three tackles on his way to the line.
Visiting full-back Stuart Hancox, another ex-Llandovery player, had kicked a penalty but after the break the Merthyr pack monopolised possession. They had Llandovery in all kinds of trouble at the scrum and two tries by centre Nigel Berbillion plus a conversion and two more penalties by Hancox were reward for their supremacy.
Lloyd kept Llandovery in touch with two penalties before the possession and continuity, missing all game, suddenly came. The Drovers attacked non-stop, Merthyr conceded penalty after penalty as the injury time minutes ticked by and, right at the death, Lewis broke through for the try that tied the scores. Lloyd calmly kicked the crucial conversion, from half-way out.