What the Papers Say - Eifion Morgan reports:
Llandovery produced one of their best-ever performances in this preliminary Schweppes Cup match and upset all the odds by coming from behind to beat highly-fancied Waunarlwydd.
With several impressive runs behind them in the competition in recent seasons, Waun were confidently tipped to win this tie by a convincing margin - particularly in view of the fact that they had not conceded a try in five championship matches to date.
And although this record still holds, Llandovery from Section C succeeded where Section A clubs have so far failed - they breached Waun’s defence not once but four times! And they did it all after trailing by 13 points in the first 20 minutes.
It was a triumph for resilience and above all, for team discipline. Errors that were apparent in the first half were eradicated in the second, and in this willingness to learn from mistakes lay the foundation of a victory.
Waunarlwydd shot into an early lead with a penalty goal by Paul Clements and Llandovery defended desperately against close passing near the scrum and strong runs down the middle of the park. No one did better to counter such initiatives than blind side flanker Howard Ingram. However further points were soon acquired by the home side.
Brian Roberts scored after fine work by right wing John Church, and a further try came when full back Paul Clements took an inside pass to score half way out. Clements converted one of these to give Waun a thirteen point lead after barely twenty minutes.
Gradually, however, Llandovery were finding ways to combat the furious attacking play of Waunarlwydd, and although defending desperately at times prevented scores in the first half.
Having weathered the latter part of the first half the visitors turned round in better spirits than seemed likely at one stage in the first half. Their optimism was rewarded when, midway through, Alun Williams neatly side stepped his opposite winger, cut inside the full back, and scored near the corner flag.
Waunarlwydd lost prop Phil Davies and from this point the visitors found it easier to hold their own in the set pieces, and within minutes went over for another try. An attacking move round the blind side saw flanker Alan Walters score and Handel Davies convert.
The home side constantly realised that they were up against it and when an attempted clearance kick was charged down the Llandovery backs took full advantage. Geraint Williams picked up the bouncing ball and sent Alan Morgan on a diagonal run to the line.
The conversion failed, but Llandovery had taken the lead with only a minute left to no-side. The visiting supporters were jubilant and Llandovery’s fourth try, by Meirion Dyer, was the icing on the cake.