Things are moving at Aberavon again with despair being replaced by a mood of optimism. Only one defeat in their last five league outings is a far cry from the dark days of autumn when this famous old club were threatened with relegation. Though there is still a long way to go, and the complete rugby that coach Chris O’Callaghan advocates is some way off, this was the most complete performance of the season.
"What we must strive for now is to recruit young players in order to establish the future well-being of the club," said Aberavon team manager Eddie Jones. "Aberavon are about where we expected them to be when Chris O’Callaghan and myself arrived in November - but all we have done so far is scratch the surface."
The Wizards doubled the Drovers on a 6-2 try-count with full-back Gareth King coming out of the shadows to display an emerging talent. The former Newport and Welsh Youth player has been slow to acclimatise to Division One, but during the first half especially he ripped the Llandovery defence to shreds. Flanker Chris Kinsey and No 8 Richard Morris both showed up well against a disappointing Llandovery side, who never recovered from leaking two early tries.
It was there for them when a magnificent try from wing Tracy Lewis pulled the Drovers back to 22-12 in the 45th minute, but it was all Aberavon after that. Llandovery’s revival hopes were dented by a try from inspirational captain and lock Mark Evans and were dealt mortal blows by further tries from flanker Kinsey and No 8 Morris. Kinsey has now touched down once in seven of Aberavon’s last eight league and cup games. And while it forms a club record, it begs the question: who can better it on the Welsh scene in recent times?