What the Papers Say – Tom Hughes reports:
The Drovers added Swansea to their ever growing number of Osprey scalps with this bonus point win over the All Whites at St Helen's. After beating Aberavon, Neath and Bridgend, this win over Swansea confirmed that Llandovery will be worthy participants in next year's Super Ten league.
It was their fifth win in eight league games and takes them into fifth place in the Principality Premiership behind Neath, Pontypridd, Aberavon and Cross Keys.
For Neath and Port Talbot schoolmaster and Llandovery coach Lyndon Lewis it was a hugely satisfying win.
“We threw the game away the week before at Bedwas but we were right on the mark at St Helen's, enjoyed playing on a surface made for running rugby and put together some exciting attacks which brought a bonus point. To get 25 league points after just eight games and stick with the big boys at the top of the table shows our improvement this season and everyone is enjoying their rugby.”
Solid at the scrum where props Owen Evans – son of former Wales prop Ricky Evans - and mid -Walian Peter Edwards were towers of strength, safe at the line out and lively in the loose where back rowers Lloyd Phillips and Shaun Miles were impresssive, the Drovers were full value for their win.
Despite falling behind to a penalty from fly-half Sam Davies – son of Scarlets coach Nigel Davies - Llandovery got the first try of the day when a quickly taken penalty from scrum-half Rob Walters and a burst from the fast improving Miles sent lock Shaun Jones running in with great determination.
Fly-half Cerith Rees converted and added a penalty before in-form centre Matthew Jacobs made a clear opening for 18 year old wing Jake Randall to take a difficult pass and score a try converted by Rees
A Davies penalty pulled it back 17-6 at the break but Rees popped over a penalty and drop goal early in the second half to stretch the lead even further. And when the invaluable Jacobs swept through the middle for another converted try to make it 30-6 the result was no longer in doubt.
The All Whites never gave up and both lock Ben Davies and wing Lewis Harrhy grabbed tries before the irrepressible Phillips picked up from a scrum to slip tackles and crash over for the bonus point converted try. Swansea got a very late consolation through wing Jackson Szabo to give some respectability to proceedings.