Llandovery warmed up for the big Towy Valley derby against Carmarthen with a comfortable win over lowly Beddau. With half the side rested for next Saturday, Llandovery still had too much to be worried by limited, albeit dogged, opposition.
Beddau scrummaged and rolled mauls well enough, but centre Chris Murphy apart, were short of pace behind the scrum.
With veteran Chris Davies and Luka Plesko - captain of the Slovenia side that lost 13-0 to Croatia in Zagreb last week - showing up well in the back row, The Drovers scored two early tries through young prop Ceirian Jones and lock Matthew Monaghan. The second rower sold a dummy to sprint in from 25 metres for his effort, and fly-half Gareth Jones converted the try on his Church Bank debut.
Wing loan Davies got the third just before half-time but just when it looked as if Llandovery would pull away the game fell into its most turgid phase. Jones kicked two penalties to make it 23-0 and the only skill of note behind the scrum was from Beddau’s ex-Caerphilly centre Murphy who ran strongly to all but reach the line.
With referee Fleming being counselled and lectured by touch judge Elliot, the game stalled and stuttered forward. Only two late tries by centre Human Bosman and replacement No 8 Stephen Phillips took the attention away from officialdom.