The eagerly awaited Tywi Valley Local Derby turned out to be a damp squib as the home side totally dominated the game. In continuous, heavy rain at Carmarthen Park the Drovers failed to adapt to the conditions and after a 40m, first minute penalty by full back Stuart Harries was pushed wide they rarely looked capable of troubling the Quins defence.
Llandovery had great problems holding on to the ball and at times it looked as if two balls were involved in the match - the dry one the Quins were playing with and one like a bar of soap that the visitors had and as the Drovers were attempting to play an open running game they very much contributed to their own downfall. The first try of the game resulted from one such knock-on gratefully received by Phil Beynon. As the Drovers’ defence hesitated for a second the lively flanker sprinted through the gap and had a clear run in from 35 metres. Outside half Gareth Bowen converted.
If the first try had an element of luck the second didn’t as, following a well-worked front peel at a line out, hooker Justin Hughes crossed in the corner. Gareth Bowen then kicked the first of his two penalties and, although the home side lost flanker Beynon with a yellow card for killing the ball at a ruck, this appeared to make little difference to the pattern of play. Bowen kicked his second penalty and the sides reached half time with the score at 18-0.
If the large band of travelling supporters felt the second half would bring a change in fortunes they were to be disappointed. Carmarthen continued to dominate all phases of play and it was only in the scrums that the Drovers gained any kind of parity. The first try of the second period was not long coming and, following a neat move in the centre, Emyr Jones received a pop-pass and ran in untouched from the twenty two. The final try was an individual effort from number eight Alan Mason who powered his way through the defence. Llanelli fly-half Bowen converted both to record a total of twelve points in his first game for the Quins.
With half the players on the pitch being substituted and the floodlights cutting through the gathering darkness the Llandovery side at last began to play some wet weather rugby. A series of rolling mauls took them into home territory but even then there looked to be very little likelihood of them breaching the strong home defence.