What the Papers Say - Huw S Thomas reports:
Those who came to Church Bank to see promotion candidates Ebbw Vale dispose of bottom club Llandovery were completely bemused by events. In the shock of the day the Dyfed side, unrecognisable from the hesitant outfit of the first four games, played with such spirit and determination, and no little skill, that they fully deserved their 10-point margin of victory.
Locks Ian Jones and John Westgarth were a revelation in the line-outs, No 8 Scott Edwards and flankers John Hughes and Adrian Williams were ultra-lively in the loose, and there was an urgency and confidence about the Drovers that had been hitherto missing. Scrum half Adrian Davies, playing his first game of the season, was outstanding. His pass may not be the best, but he has the light of battle in his eyes and his belligerent and confident presence demanded and got the full concentration and commitment of his team-mates.
The score at half time was 3-3. Vale took the lead with a penalty by Carl Thomas, which was soon cancelled out by a long dropped goal from fly half Dai Lloyd-Jones.
Soon after the interval Stuart Richards swapped penalties with Thomas, but then Llandovery got the try their efforts deserved. Centre Geraint John cut through the middle and, when Adrian Williams picked up the loose ball, the red-haired flanker rode a tackle to crash over for a corner try, converted by Richards.
Vale No 10 Mike Boys posed a threat, but there was little pace outside him and Llandovery pressed hard for more points. Prop Andrew Jones was refused a try and Llandovery had to settle for two more penalties by the composed Richards.
There was a complete transformation in this Llandovery side in claiming a clear victory over previously unbeaten Ebbw Vale at Church Bank.
With the score standing at three points each at half time though a David Lloyd-Jones dropped goal, the Drovers took charge in the second half and played with far more commitment and determination than they had shown hitherto this season.
John Westgarth and Ian Jones won a stream of possession in the linesout, while the back row kept the Ebbw Vale half backs in check. The front five scrummaged well although they were occasionally on the retreat against the heavier visiting pack.
David Lloyd-Jones kept the visitors pinned back in their '22' with long raking kicks and scrum-half Adrian Davies kept driving his forwards on in the loose and tight.
When the home side spun the ball centre Geraint John made some telling breaks in mid-field and from one of the moves flanker Adrian Williams was on hand to score the only try of the game, converted by full back Stuart Richards, who also kicked three penalty goals.
Llandovery's strength in depth was also seen to advantage when four replacements (three backs and one forward) had to come on for injured players and immediately slotted in admirably.