The return of the great old warrior, 34-year-old Chris Davies, was the key to this vastly improved performance by Llandovery. In yet another comeback match, the former club captain, and arguably the most influential flanker in the history of the Towy Valley club, was continually in the thick of things to inspire the Drovers to a decisive victory. His ability to lead from the front, to get hands to the ball, whether in offside or indeed suspiciously offside positions, to read the passage of the ball and to inspire confidence in the hesitant will be worth its weight in gold during the season ahead.
He was wonderfully well supported by his younger brother scrum-half Adrian Davies and ultra competitive little fly-half Dai Lloyd-Jones and these three were responsible for all the Llandovery points.
Not that the trio were the only factors in the home victory as the tackling throughout was sound and the continuity vastly improved since the disappointing 39-6 defeat at Tondu a week before.
A lethargic Abertillery were slow to support the ball carrier and were irresolute in defence and as early as the third minute conceded a try to Chris Davies after strapping centre Tracy Lewis had run strongly. A conversion and two penalties for Lloyd-Jones against a penalty by Roger Berryman had the Drovers 13-3 up at the break.
Lewis put in some telling bursts and although Berryman got a second penalty Adrian Davies finished off a five metre strong scrum with a try converted by Lloyd-Jones and a 20-6 lead. Abertillery could not pick up the pace despite the sterling efforts of flanker Martin Williams, and Lloyd-Jones finished off a good day’s work with his third penalty and a converted solo try for a personal tally of 20 points.