Llandovery played far below their best on Saturday but they were still good enough to beat a Treorchy side that now faces a difficult two months, the Zebras firmly planted in the relegation zone.
Llandovery for their part coasted to an easy victory, but far from the satisfaction of coach lestyn Thomas, who was bitterly disappointed at the inability of the Drovers to put the Zebras firmly in their place in the second half.
Against the wind in the first half Llandovery had scored four very good tries and, although they conceded two, they were firmly in control by 22-12 at halftime. They had the boost of a 50 second try from wing Gary Davies who came infield looking for work after the first line out of the day to hold off a series of flimsy tackles for the opening score.
Treorchy’s hard working lock Damian Adams did power through for a scrambled try but running hard into the wind the Llandovery backs looked far more dangerous than their pedestrian opposite numbers, centre Gary Beaumont Morgan apart.
Flanker Wil Price, adept at pinching 50-50 ball in broken play, was the inspiration behind Llandovery’s second try and as play swung right and then left, No 8 Paul Jones, on loan from Neath, put leggy full back Stuart Harries galloping over wide out.
The Llandovery tails were up and hooker Andrew R Jones was busily involved before scrum half Rob Walters took advantage of a good scrum to dodge through for a third Llandovery touchdown.
Replacement Treorchy fly half Movete Oto’ota I took a quick tap penalty to catch the home defence unawares and send Adams bullocking through which, with a conversion by full back Matthew Hutchings, brought Treorchy to 15-12. Centre Tracy Lewis, all power and pep, got more into the game, his high stepping charges unsettling a hesitant defence and, although he was held up, prop Dorian Williams had the strength to drive through for try number four, converted from the touchline by Harries. With the wind at their backs Llandovery looked set to give Treorchy a real thumping. With the Rhondda Valley side killing ball after ball and with full back Harries stroking over four penalties, three from long distance, Llandovery went clear 34-12 with 25 minutes to go.
Harries’s last penalty brought his league total for the season to 299 points and it was odds on that the ex-Dunvant and Ystradgynlais full back would break 300 points at any moment. But the avalanche of points did not materialise. Centre Beaumont Morgan, possibly bound for Llandovery next season, prised open the Llandovery defence on two occasions before scrambling defence got the ball away and it was Treorchy who came nearest to scoring in the final stages much to the consternation of the home crowd.