It was nothing short of daylight robbery when the Wanderers went down to a try by Llandovery’s replacement No 8 Paul Jones in the final agonising moments of a game that they had dominated for 80 per cent of the time. The Cardiff visitors had secured far better possession, had combined better in the back row and had looked sharper and more inventive behind, and not one of the home supporters denied them the justice of a 19-7 lead with 10 minutes to go.
Lock Peter Allan won line-out ball with and against the throw and with Llandovery line-out work nothing short of a shambles, the Wanderers outscored the lethargic Drovers by three tries to one.
Llandovery centre Tracy Lewis had opened the scoring with a typical punch through weak tackling, but good combined work by backs and forwards alike got the Wanderers two first-half tries to wing and ex-Drover Adrian Williams and centre Richard Calcaterra for a 12-7 interval lead.
When, with 15 minutes to go, strong flanker Dai Duly galloped home from 40 metres for another try, which with Pocock’s conversion made it 19-7, most of the crowd retreated to the TV screen to watch the action at Stradey Park.
But Llandovery substitutions brought some urgency against tiring legs and, with caution thrown to the wind, full-back Harries got one try then another at full-time, only for Llandovery to trail 19-17.
The last minute was pure drama when Harries missed a crucial match-winning penalty from the half-way line only for Wanderers centre Nick Bellamy to knock the ball on in goal, Llandovery to have the put-in under the posts, and for Jones to pick up and crash through for a try converted by Harries.