What the Papers Say - Tom Stephens reports:
Llandovery spurned an 18-6 interval lead to go down to a Cross Keys side on the hunt for a top three place and a play off spot.
What made it hard to bear for the Drovers was that they left Pandy Park not only as losers but were even denied one, even two losing bonus points in finishing with three tries and within just eight of Keys rather than the required seven points.
Coach Lyndon Lewis could not hide his disappointment and frustration. “After losing heavily to Ponty last week we needed to bounce back and we did so in pushing Keys all the way, sharing the six tries and yet come away with nothing,” said Lewis. “Our first half performance got us a clear lead after the Brooks brothers - fly half Ian and No8 Richard Brooks – had got tries. We scrummaged hard, Ian Brooks kept us going forward with the boot, Mike Evans made some good breaks in the centre and with a smidgen of luck we could have had a four try bonus point in the bag by half time.”
The fly half got a try, two penalties and the conversion of a try by his brother Richard to trump two home penalties from fly half Ethan Davies. “But a yellow card for wing Richard Williams early in the second half and some ill discipline in giving away some silly penalties cost us dearly,” added Lewis.
The Gwent side hit back with three tries in six minutes through centre Phil Williams, wing Elliott Jones and replacement forward Adam Powell and, with Davies adding a penalty and two conversions, Keys were suddenly clear 28-18.
Replacement back rower Richie Rees gave Llandovery hope with a try to bring it back to 28-23 only for Davies to kick another penalty 10 minutes from time. The Drovers gave it their all in search of that elusive fourth try and two bonus points but a combination of some faulty decision making and very good Keys defence left them forlorn and frustrated.
“It’s a cruel world,” sighed Lewis, “but we’ll look forward to a visit to Cardiff and the Arms Park this Wednesday, try hard to get something out of our last six games, and get up the table a bit.”