What the Papers Say – Huw S Thomas reports:
This will be remembered as the “quarter of an hour game”. After referee Alun Ware had delayed the kick-off for quarter of an hour so that Rumney had time to replace illegal studs, we saw Neath spy Ron Waldron leave the ground a quarter of an hour before the end, and so fail to see a quite spectacular 15-minute burst of scoring by Llandovery.
In that last quarter of an hour the Drovers, hesitant and harassed for 65 minutes, produced a forward effort the like of which few of the faithful Church Bank regulars had seen before. Five tries and 31 points came at regular intervals as the home pack continually drove upfield. Pocket-battleship flanker Gareth Thomas was majestic in his support of the ball carrier and with scrum-half Dan Williams in sharp running form tries flowed from lock Hefin Morgan, with a try under the posts, new centre Emrys Evans who cut through for the fifth try, hooker John Hughes and wing Marc Bowen, as well as a penalty try to completely knock the stuffing out of Rumney.
It had all looked so different up until then as the lead changed hands six times. Two tries from scrum-half Keith Lee plus a conversion and penalty by centre Jonathan Mason against three Aled Williams penalties and a Hughes try – resulting from captain and No 8 Paul Jones’s peel round the front of a lineout, feeding flanker Gareth Thomas who sent hooker John Hughes over in the corner – had sneaked Rumney ahead 15-14 at the break.
An opportunist try by wing Lee Abdul converted by Mason trumped a home score from full back Emyr Lewis to maintain Rumney’s lead 22-19 before the bonus point, five tries brilliance of the last quarter of an hour turned the game on its head.