What the Papers Say - Huw S Thomas Reports:
Llandovery delighted home supporters with a confident, clinical and stylish win over visitors Bridgend. After edging home against Cardiff the week before, the Drovers were always in control and raced in six excellent tries - four in the first half - to claim a bonus point. It took them up into third place in the Premiership table behind Pontypridd and Carmarthen Quins who have played one more game.
Coach Lyndon Lewis was naturally delighted. “We are in a stage of transition after losing some key players but a lot of newcomers made telling contributions.”
Ex-Llangennech centre Rhodri Jones has a hard act to follow in Jack Roberts who has gone to Rotherham but he showed neat touches, took his try cleverly and had a presence in midfield. Ex-Bonymaen fly half Ian Brooks – standing in for touring cricketer James Garland - formed a fluent half back partnership with scrum half Lee Rees, distributing crisply and running intelligently. No 8 Richard Bloomfield – a former Llandovery College captain – put in some storming runs and kept up a high work rate over all 88 minutes of an open game.
“And because we secured a bonus point as early as the first half we were also able to give valuable game time to other newcomers,” said Lewis. The new boys - prop Gethin Jones, wing Lee Evans, flanker Lawrence Reynolds and lock Stuart Miller - put a lot of energy into their play when they came on.
The fast ground conditions were to Llandovery’s advantage, their ability to switch quickly from defence to attack bringing them four fine first half tries to secure an early bonus point. They led 31-0 at the break after tries from Rhodri Jones, lock Llew Jones, wing Aaron Warren and skipper Phil Day had put them out of Bridgend’s reach.
Flanker Day led from the front, supported by locks Bryn Griffiths and Llew Jones, hooker Tom Ball, prop Wyn Jones and fast improving Bloomfield whilst the backs were creative and quick in equal measure. Scrum half Lee Rees was a bundle of energy and with fly half Ian Brooks smooth in his distribution and decision making, the Drovers impressed hugely in the first half.
Bridgend worked hard to take advantage of home complacency and get a try back from wing Jamie Murphy. Ever reliable centre Matthew Jacobs replied for the Drovers following good work from full back Mike Evans before a raft of changes disrupted home fluency.
With Llandovery making a lot of changes Bridgend centre Aled Williams and replacement Owen Howe got further tries in a mini rally but the game had already been won a long time back and Llandovery replacement Sam Soul raced away for a converted try at the death.