The Drovers staged a spectacular comeback to beat Tondu in the most exciting of games at Church Bank. Trailing 28-15 with just under a quarter of an hour to go, Llandovery found new zest after some inspirational substitutions by coach lestyn Thomas.
From being a hesitant unit, they found new strength in the hungry appetite for work of the new men in hooker Aled Gravelle, scrumhalf Jamie Roberts and centre Tracy Lewis. The intelligent Gravelle was on hand to grab two tries after explosive running from lock Lyndon Bateman and then prop Dorian Williams, before Lewis’s phenomenal strength took him through Tondu tackles for the third Llandovery try in seven minutes. With full-back Ben Matthews finishing with four conversions and a penalty, Llandovery were in complete control.
Earlier, Tondu had taken their chances expertly, scoring three tries in the first half through ex Llandovery captain and flanker Mark Lewis, No 8 Karl Hocking and scrum-half Brendan Roach, the latter two from 50m out.
The Drovers clung on in the first half with tries from hooker Andrew R Jones and flanker Matthew Monaghan, but looked far from comfortable when Gavin Samuel scored Tondu’s fourth try. However, their spectacular finish was still to come.