What the Papers Say - Huw S Thomas reports
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Llandovery swept aside the challenge of newly promoted Bargoed with a scintillating exhibition of back play.
The brilliance of the autumn sunshine was reflected in the blaze of the attacking talents of a back division that simply had too much pace for brave Bargoed.
The Llandovery pack under lock and skipper Phil Day was rock solid at both scrum and line out and the back row of Stuart Worrall, Richard Rees and Shaun Miles were on top in the loose to leave the backs display their gamut of attacking invention.
There was another five star display from the bobby dazzling, side stepping Lee Rees at fullback and major contributions from half backs Rhodri Davies and Jack Maynard, wing Aaron Warren and centre Craig Woodall.
The pace and adventure that has claimed three national sevens titles for the Drovers in the last three years was again in evidence with Bargoed having to pluckily defend wave after wave of attack for most of the game.
Winning coach Euros Evans was delighted at the display after the narrow defeat at Aberavon the previous week but showed a demanding streak in bemoaning many a lost opportunity. “We scored some very good tries,” said Evans, “but there were poor options at times and we will not get away with that sloppiness against better sides.”
Bargoed’s consultant coach Sven Cronk admitted that his side had a long way to go. “We have two years to establish ourselves in the division and learn from lessons such as today when the tempo of the game was new to a lot of our players,” said the former Newport coach.
The writing was on the wall for the visitors with a minute barely gone after Rees raced in and by half time the bonus point was secured after tries from Woodall, wing Mike Evans and Maynard plus seven points from the boot of the ever improving fly half.
Bargoed had got a try from wing David Evans in a rare attack, converted by Sam Withers, and trailed 27-7 at the break.
The visitors kept going admirably to show there was plenty of heart in their efforts but the needle-sharp home backs fashioned two more tries for Miles and Warren whilst the pack had their say with a penalty try at a surging close range scrum.