What the Papers Say – Tom Hughes reports:
The Drovers hung on to their unbeaten record by the skin of their teeth against an Aberavon side that belied its lowly league position with a rousing display. The Wizards had only won one of their seven league fixtures going into the game with the Drovers but gave the league leaders their toughest test of the season.
The two sides matched each other blow by blow in scoring two tries, two conversions and six penalties apiece to share 64 points.
Aberavon got tries from full back Jonathan Phillips and scrum half Joe Heatley, Llandovery countered with tries from centre Adam Warren and flanker Shaun Miles.
Fly half Jamie Davies kicked 22 points via six penalties and two conversions whilst full back Rhys Jones – son of former Wales skipper Kingsley Jones – did the same for Llandovery.
It was 19-15 to Aberavon at the break before the Drovers took a 29-22 lead in the final quarter only to be caught on the line by a Davies penalty two minutes from time.
There was keen disappointment in the away dressing room that the winning run had come to an end but forwards coach Euros Evans was quick to stress the positives. “If someone had told us pre-season that we would get a draw at Aberavon, we would have taken it like a shot,” said Evans.
Head coach Lyndon Lewis – a favourite at Aberavon in his playing days for the Wizards – was also realistic in his assessment. “No one gets an easy ride at the Talbot Athletic Ground and it shows how far we have come in the last few years when the players are not happy with just a draw. We are still unbeaten and have a big game coming up against Bedwas who are right behind us in the table and we can hopefully return to winning ways this Saturday.”
That said the Drovers will have to play better than they did last Saturday. Bedwas gained a great 31-28 win at Cross Keys where fly half Richard Powell kicked eight penalties and a conversion in another outstanding display of goal kicking. The Drovers will have to be well disciplined and give away far fewer penalties than at Aberavon or else the league’s leading scorer – 114 points in just 8 games – will kick them into defeat.