The Slovenian Rugby Union Management were guests at Llandovery RFC on Friday night at the Division 1 game against Treorchy Zebras. The delegation, in Wales to discuss with the WRU the development of the game within their country, took the opportunity to watch their international captain Luka Plesko play at openside flanker for the Drovers. After the match they expressed their admiration for the facilities at Church Bank and also for the style with which the home side crushed the opposition. To add the icing on the cake their captain had an outstanding game and scored one of the home side’s ten tries.
The Drovers, who historically have lacked the killer punch to put away sides they have on the ropes, certainly showed a different side to their game this time as they passed not only their previous highest score of the season, 47 against Tredegar, but their highest score for several seasons. The home side was far too strong for a poor Treorchy side deep in trouble at the foot of the table. To compound their problems the Zebras couldn’t field a full squad and arrived with only two substitutes who were quickly called upon when injuries took their toll.
Former fly-half Neil Clapham revelled in the extra space he had at full-back and entered the line with great regularity, changing the angles of running and using his individual skills to create gaps for the other players. His personal tally of three tries was the highest of the night.
Not far behind was new recruit, former Bonymaen outside half Gareth Jones, who went over for two tries and also added a further 13 points with five conversions and a penalty.
The Rhondda side had no answer to the attacking skills of the home backs, supplied with a stream of ball from excellent work at the lines out by Tom Walker and Lyndon Bateman. The front five were also dominant in the tight and disrupted the Zebras’ scrum, winning a number of balls against the head. The rucking was also some of the best seen this season and the coaching staff were delighted with the progress made.
As the game progressed into its final quarter and the Drovers were able to bring fresh legs on from the bench the visitors’ resistance totally wilted, and but for a number of errors from over exuberance the score could have been much higher.
The remaining tries scored for the Drovers were by Herman Bosman, Rob Walters, Simon Jenkins and Steven Phillips. Centre Mark Sheperd scored a consolation try for Treorchy.