Llandovery hauled themselves out of the bottom three in Division One with a hard-earned but deserved victory over plucky Rumney. What was surprising was that the game took place at all. Despite the weather the pitch was perfectly playable. The situation was reminiscent of three seasons ago when Llandovery entertained Dunvant under similar circumstances in the only match played in the top three divisions.
The weather conditions did not dampen the spirit of the teams, who deserve credit - as do the officials - for providing an enthralling encounter. Although the elements were against them in the first half, Llandovery were the quicker to get into their stride. They opened the scoring in the 12th minute with an opportunist interception try by wing Tracy Lewis which went unconverted. It was 12-0 shortly after as lively hooker Andrew Jones crashed through to score and fly-half Gary Williams added the conversion.
Gradually the visitors got their act together and were rewarded with a penalty by prolific points-scorer Matthew Silva. The physically impressive South African Under-21 cap No 8, Marc De Marigny, was a constant threat to Rumney, and he put the Drovers 17-3 in front with their third try. Silva kicked his second penalty before Rumney drew closer with tries either side of the interval.
Full-back Christian Wills made it 17-11 at half-time before a blindside snipe by scrum-half Glyn Welsh reduced the deficit to a single point one minute into the second period. A titanic second half played in driving rain could have brought reward for either side, but the hosts sealed victory just before the final whistle. Jones crossed for his second try after Rumney lost possession from their own throw-in. Williams converted to get Llandovery home but hardly dry.