What the Papers Say - Huw S Thomas reports:
The Drovers produced one of their very best Premiership performances under the Church Bank lights to beat fellow Scarlets feeder club Llanelli in a canter. It was Llandovery's biggest ever win over Llanelli who were made to look poor and devoid of ideas in the face of a mixture of powerful forward and inventive back play.
The Drovers dominated from first to last, and outscored the visitors by six tries to nil, four of which came in the second half from one man - wing Aaron Warren. The tall and lanky Warren showed a killer instinct in capitalising on all the good work of his inside backs to race in unopposed three times and finish off a sweeping back movement for the other. He was brilliantly served on his inside by centre Matthew Jacobs - ironically a Cup winning finalist with Llanelli back in 2009 – who made half a dozen slashing breaks throughout the evening.
Llandovery were solid and dependable at scrum and lineout and won the contact area hands down. The front row of Wyn Jones, Luke Lewis and Andrew Jones proved itself as good as any in the Premiership, locks Bryn Griffiths and Phil Day combined mobility and muscularity in equal measure, and there was a fine balance in the back row of Lawrence Reynolds, Richard Brooks and Shaun Miles. Those unit strengths combined with the general hunger and appetite for the fray blew a dispirited Llanelli away.
Rhodri Davies and James Garland were neat, tidy and efficient at half back, Jacobs scintillated in the centre and Warren proved himself the arch finisher.
Coaches Lyndon Lewis and Euros Evans have built an exciting team but were still not entirely satisfied with the performance. “We squandered a few opportunities in the first half but more than made up for it in the second half,” said Lewis. “Llanelli caught us on a good night but we know that they will be ready and up for it back at Parc Y Strade in three weeks’ time. It's going to be more difficult down there for sure.”
The Drovers got first half tries through Griffiths and Wyn Jones to lead 12-3, Llanelli's answer a lone penalty from fly half Nic Damjanovic. To be fair to the losers, their defence worked very hard to keep the Drovers out in the first 40 minutes, with the back row of Ed and Craig Price plus Daniel Thomas putting in big tackles. But lacking in any direction at half back and with attackers preferring to run across rather than straight they posed little threat in attack. And when full back Dion Jones did break through, a magnificent cover tackle by Davies chopped him down.
A bad injury to replacement Nick Harwood did nothing to restore Llanelli confidence after the break and Wales U20 wing Warren showed his nose for the line with four tries - three from the half way line - to leave Llanelli in disarray.