What the Papers Say - Huw S Thomas reports:
Llandovery’s dip in form continued when they were well beaten by a more vibrant and more aware Bedwas. Bedwas are the only side in the Premiership not to have reached a Welsh Cup Final and they posted clear notice that they are determined to get to the Millennium Stadium this year.
In a cup tie that kicked off at 1 30 pm to allow spectators to watch the televised France v Wales game, they were richly deserved winners over a Llandovery side that has lost its way since a scintillating start to the season. Bedwas will travel to play Carmarthen Quins in next Saturday’s second round and on this display it will take a good side to beat them.
The Drovers backs looked dangerous early on, with centre Jack Roberts and wings Chris Knight and Aaron Warren threatening the goal line but poor finishing let the home side off the hook.
Bedwas then went on to win the contact area hands down and to put the Llandovery defence under constant pressure. The Drovers were outmuscled time and time again, often losing ball to the vigorous counter rucking of the home pack who had an outstanding forward in the combative 41 year old No 8 Deri Mattravers.
The Llandovery cause was not helped by the severity of referee Tim Hayes’s interpretation of the breakdown where he consistently penalised faults on the ground. It gave Gwent Dragons fly half Lewis Robling the opportunity to practice his goal kicking. He hit two penalties in the first half and two after the break but also missed three good chances as well as the conversion of a first half try from wing Rory Budina.
The Drovers’ use of the limited ball they had was hugely disappointing, with poor options and erratic passing leaving Bedwas comfortable in defence.
Coach Lyndon Lewis used up all his bench in the second half but it had little effect as Bedwas continued their dominance of the loose. Centre Sam Soul should have done better than be held up near the home line and both a scrum and lineout near the Bedwas line brought neither try nor points.
It was a depressing end to a game in which the Drovers were second best throughout.