What the Papers Say - Huw S Thomas reports:
Everybody at Church Bank agreed that “West was best” but the question of who in the West was currently best was the prize for the winners of this local derby. It turned out to be top of the table Llandovery who chalked up their sixth straight bonus point win of the season in beating their Scarlets rivals by four tries to one.
Some great running rugby from both sides – true to the tradition of old Stradey Park - was fine entertainment for Llandovery and Llanelli supporters alike and it was a brilliant scoring spate of three converted tries in six minutes in the middle of the second half that got the Drovers home.
The bulkier Llanelli forwards had a clear edge in the contact area in a rather scrappy first half and full back Jordan Williams put the visitors ahead with two penalties. Only a tremendous cover tackle by wing Chris Knight prevented Llanelli scrum half Justin James from increasing the lead. Fly half James Garland reduced the leeway with an easy penalty but the gap soon returned to six points with Williams’s third penalty after 35 minutes.
A Llandovery kick ahead then brought dividends when centre Adam Warren took advantage of a wicked bounce to cross wide out for the first try of the game.
Another Williams penalty gave the visitors a just about deserved 12-8 lead at the break.
Play was frenetic, with technical yellow cards for Llanelli’s Williams and Llandovery flanker Phil Day as both sides strove for a vital score. Llanelli got a mammoth boost when fly half Owen Williams put over a penalty from his own half but the Drovers replied in brilliant fashion with forwards and backs handling fluently.
Prop Owen Evans crashed over for a try converted by replacement Cerith Rees, before a sweeping attack involving impressive centres Jack Roberts and Warren worked in non-stop lock Shaun Jones for another converted try to make it 22-15. Diminutive full back Lee Rees then hared up the left before cross kicking to see flanker Shaun Miles pick up and drive over for the bonus point try.
Warren was yellow carded as Llanelli threw everything into attack in a wonderfully free flowing and entertaining game and the visitors got a consolation try from wing Kristian Phillips but not before Cerith Rees had put Llandovery out of sight with a good penalty.