What the Papers Say - Tom Hughes reports:
The Drovers put their narrow defeat at RGC behind them with this battling win on Cardiff Arms Park’s 3G pitch.
It was their second win in four games and takes them up to sixth place in the Premiership table. And with two games to come at Church Bank – against Bedwas and Cross Keys – Euros Evans and his team will be looking to climb even further up the league table.
The pressure is on all the clubs to finish in the top eight by January and so qualify for the second stage of the season in the top division.
Evans was delighted to beat the capital city club on their own territory. “It’s early in the season but after losing two of our first three games we needed to pick up our momentum and this was an important away win against a strong Cardiff side,” said Evans. “We were excellent in the first half in controlling territory and possession and finished well for the two tries but we fell off after the break. We rode the Cardiff storm in the second half and, although we gave away far too many penalties at the end, we were just good enough to hang on.”
There was another valuable contribution from the boot of fly half Jack Maynard who converted two of his side’s three tries and added three penalties to pass the half century of points in four games.
Llandovery led 18-8 at the break after tries from flanker Shaun Miles and wing Aaron Warren had trumped an early Cardiff score from full back Rhun Williams. Miles drove over from a textbook driving maul and Warren finished off a multiple phase attack after taking a clever inside pass from centre Rhodri Jones.
Wing Oli Smith got a Cardiff try early in the second half and, with Blues fly half Jarrod Evans kicking a conversion and penalty, the scores were tied at 18-18.
The Drovers upped the tempo and Maynard worked in replacement prop Berian Watkins on 60 minutes before adding five more points with the boot. It looked to have made the game safe but then Smith jangled nerves with a try eight minutes from time and, with the Drovers leaking penalties, Cardiff threatened.
The West Walians were under the cosh but under their indefatigable captain Phil Day, they defended their lead hard and successfully in a tight finish to clinch a valuable win.