What the Papers Say – Huw S Thomas reports:
It was a great week for the Drovers, beating Pontypool in the Premiership in mid-week and then qualifying for the semi-finals of the Swalec Cup with a great 23-13 win at Tonmawr.
Llandovery went through to the Swalec Cup semi finals on April 9 with an unexpected but fully deserved win at Tonmawr. They are now just one win away from a day out at the Millennium Stadium to rekindle memories of 2007 when Llandovery beat mighty Cardiff in the Cup Final.
Outdone for possession by Ton, they were hugely committed in defence and infinitely quicker on the counter attack, scoring two fine tries from long range in the last quarter.
“We are really proud of the boys,” said coach Lyndon Lewis.
“We were determined to forget the 31-7 defeat at Tonmawr in the league and the key was to start well and keep Tonmawr from getting up a head of steam,” added assistant coach Euros Evans. “We never let them settle and our bravery in the contact area against heavier opponents was huge.”
The Drovers were up for this Cup game right from the start, taking a 6-3 half time lead thanks to two penalties from fly-half Cerith Rees to one by opposite number Luke Richards.
Tonmawr had squandered some good try-scoring opportunities but scored the first try of the day soon after the break, skipper James Donovan grabbing a try from a Rees charged down kick. When Richards converted and his replacement Dai Flangan dropped a goal to make it 13-6, the odds were on a home win.
But, battling like dervishes in the contact area and willing to counter attack at will, Llandovery picked themselves off the floor. Young forwards like Kieran Murphy, Shaun Jones and Luke Kendall threw themselves into the fray, the front row was solid and the backs inspired by the commitment of centres Matthew Jacobs and Adam Warren, who worked as hard in defence as they did in attack.
Rees kicked a goal before two terrific tries in two minutes in the last quarter did for Tonmawr. Great runs from full-back Howard Thomas and then Parry put in Rees and the outstanding Warren before the Drovers’ tight defence shut out any hope of a home recovery.