With a heavy drizzle falling throughout the game the Riverside Ground, without any covered spectator accommodation, was an extremely damp venue for the small band of supporters who braved the conditions.
To their credit both teams tried to play rugby and a contest that could easily have been reduced to a kick and rush between the respective packs never descended to that level and the handling of both sides was to be applauded.
With the floodlights switched on from the start to cut through the Cardiff gloom it was Rumney, fighting for their survival in the First Division, who were first to grab the initiative. Good interpassing and well rehearsed set moves opened up the Drovers’ defence and it was no surprise when full back and captain Christian Wills entered the line and scored a good try in the corner. The home side continued to press and after 20 minutes they went further ahead when outside half Chris Day kicked a penalty goal.
One of’ the excellent features of the Llandovery side this season has been their strike rate when scoring opportunities arise and on the half hour in their first meaningful attack scrum-half Rob Walters scored a touchdown from close range. Within two minutes the Drovers took the lead when flanker Ceri Davies, impressive with his ball carrying throughout the game, forced his way over for a second try. Outside half Gareth Jones converted both tries to give the visitors an 8-14 lead which remained until half-time.
Although under pressure for long periods of the first half the second half very much belonged to the Drovers. Slick handling of the greasy ball amongst the backs saw them score two more tries whilst Dorian Williams was the outstanding forward, making a series of surging runs into the heart of the Rumnev defence.
Herman Bosman, brought on as a substitute into the centre, quickly made an impression with some powerful running when, following a set move, the centre took the ball on the burst and crossed under the posts without a hand being laid upon him.
The depth of the Llandovery squad was shown when Coach lestyn Thomas made a triple substitution bringing on Captain Andrew Jones, Canadian International Jamie Cudmore, and Lyndon Bateman on Dual Registration with Neath, to replace prop Ceirian Jones and locks Tom Walker and Arwel Davies. The West Wales side now showed total domination and it was no surprise when full back Neil Clapham showed his speed and skill to finish off a fine three quarter movement. Gareth Jones converted one of the tries and also kicked a penalty to ensure a comprehensive victory.
Next week Llandovery, in second place, pushing hard on the heels of leaders Pontypool, entertain Bonymaen at Churchbank (K0 2.30) to reach the half way stage in their season’s fixtures.