What the Papers Say - Huw S Thomas reports:
Penarth, inspired by fly half Craig Miller, were full value for their win against a Llandovery side who, with six newcomers, looked disjointed and unsure of themselves throughout the game, and a difficult season lies ahead for the Drovers.
Llandovery failed to take full advantage of a strong wind in the first half, with a penalty and drop-goal from full-back Dai Lloyd-Jones the only difference between the sides at half-time.
Fly half Craig Miller was the key figure in Penarth’s fight-back in the second half. Immediately after the restart he dropped a fine goal, used the wind expertly and was at the start of the movement that gave left wing Martin Liddiatt the chance to round his opposite number for a corner try. Miller kicked a touchline conversion.
A series of Llandovery attacks from close range scrums were halted by good Penarth defence and Miller clinched matters with a confident 35 metre penalty near the end.
What the Papers Say - Huw George reports
Llandovery started their third season in Division Two of the Heineken League on Saturday with a home game once again, Penarth providing the opening opponents.
The game was evenly balanced during the first half, although the Penarth forwards unquestionably offered greater controlled ball to their back division.
With the advantage of a strong wind at their backs, the Drovers took the lead with a well struck drop goal by Dai Lloyd-Jones, and the same player extended the lead with a penalty just before half-time.
As usual at Church Bank, when the wind exerts its customary influence, it appeared that six points was not going to be a sufficient lead for the home team. Sure enough, man of the match Craig Miller reduced the deficit with a drop goal immediately after the restart.
With seven players making their Heineken debuts, Llandovery were unable to find a pattern to launch sustained attacks, and they were also hindered by an injury to experienced centre Alun Thomas, coupled with some mysterious refereeing decisions.
Penarth took the lead with their first real three-quarter movement when Alan Rosser split the defence and sent left wing Roger Phillips hurtling in at the corner. Miller converted superbly from the touchline, and sealed the Drovers' fate with a penalty 10 minutes from time.
To their credit the home eight produced a late rally which offered them half a dozen five metre scrums under the visitors’ posts, knowing that a converted try would have salvaged a point. The Penarth defence held firm, however, and Miller's clearance kick to half way meant the end of any hopes of a draw.
One point worthy of note is the fact that the last time Llandovery lost their opening game of the season four years ago, they proceeded to win the fourth division title!