For Llandovery it was a story of old and new as they avenged the 50-17 defeat at Rumney in October in some style.
The old guard of 35-year-old No 8 Chris Davies, who was playing his last game for the club, and 41-year-old emergency lock Nigel Clarke, who has played for his home-town side in 10 positions through four decades, were the rocks on which the Llandovery forward effort was based. The young and sprightly were represented by full-back loan Davies, replacement scrum-half Jamie Roberts and wing Mark Jones.
The lithe and dynamic Jones made a try for Davies with a marvellous counter-attack which took him effortlessly past former rugby league star Phil Ford and two others before centre Rhodri Davies put namesake Ioan in at the corner. This was the opening score and from then on the feeling was that, despite the decided Rumney advantage at the maul, Llandovery had the class behind to stay ahead.
Fly-half Peter Lloyd, growing in confidence as the season wears on, hit a straight penalty to make it 8-0 at the break. Hard-working but staid Rumney came back three minutes after the interval with a try by excellent lock Mike Peard, converted by fly-half Simon Thomas, but Llandovery finished well.
Roberts hared away after a quick pass from the back of the scrum from indefatigable old warrior Chris Davies and this, along with Lloyd’s two narrow-angle penalties, put the game firmly out of Rumney’s reach.