What the Papers Say - Tom Hughes reports:
The Drovers got to the final of the Brains SA Cup by gaining a decisive but not altogether easy win over Seven Sisters at Betws. They now go on to face high flying Division One West side Cwmllynfell who beat Waunarlwydd 25-17 in a tight semi final at Llangennech.
Former winners in 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2012, Llandovery were challenged hard by Seven in the initial stages but then ran in eight tries in the gloom of the Maes Y Felin lights.
It was 24-7 at the break after the Division Two West side had made life for difficult for Llandovery at the scrums but the extra pace and inventiveness of the backs fashioned tries for centre Sam Soul, wing Chris Knight and full back Lee Rees (2) against one from prop Ian Watts, converted by centre Mike Smith.
Seven centre Dai Hooper cut the deficit to 24-12 with a try early in the second half but once Drovers’ rangy lock Shaun Jones got a converted try after 50 minutes, the game was over. Further tries from Knight, wing Jake Randall and flanker Richard Bloomfield brought the score to 50 -17 after Seven’s Watts had bullocked through for a consolation try.
Ex-Carmarthen Athletic flanker Bloomfield – a former Llandovery College captain - looked a fine prospect and has recently signed for the Drovers until the end of the next campaign. There were also eye catching performances from centre Paul Davies, lock Llewelyn Jones, hooker Tom Ball and two replacements - back row Chris Marks and Llandovery Youth product Josh Archer who had 30 minutes of attacking action at full back.
Forwards coach Euros Evans was delighted with the squad effort. “We gave a lot of players whose opportunities have been limited some valuable game time as we build up a head of steam for the remainder of the season. There are some very tough fixtures in the next six weeks and it is good to see that a whole squad is up and ready for the challenges.”
“Our next game is in the Premiership, away at Bridgend, and it is a must win game if we have a hope of making the top three and the play offs. Everyone is very excited that we are still in there with a fighting chance,” finished Evans.