What the Papers say – Tom Hughes reports:
With just four more games to go before the new year’s division of the Premiership into top and bottom eight leagues, this was a vital result for the Drovers.
The win at the Brewery Field keeps them in the top half of the table but they are being hotly pursued by Cardiff who beat Cross Keys at the week end.
After the defeats at the hands of Newport (away) and Merthyr (home) coach Euros Evans called for a big effort - and got it.
“We knew that a third consecutive defeat would put us into a difficult position but the boys responded with a bonus point win at a place where top team Merthyr had lost,” said Evans. “The four games we have left are all against West Wales opposition, with Swansea and Neath coming to Church Bank and we must also travel to Carmarthen Quins and Llanelli. We will have to be on our guard throughout.”
Team Manager Andrew Jones was upbeat after the win. “We are really pleased with a bonus point win after a tough couple of weeks. We controlled the game well through our set piece and built our play well for some good tries. The Bridgend backs were dangerous so we couldn't afford many loose kicks and we defended the wide channels strongly.”
“It was good to have the threat of Lee Rees back at scrum half and the return of Daf Hughes, Phil Day and Shaun Miles gave the pack a big lift. We need another big week of training before the visit of Neath on Saturday as the first half of the season comes to an exciting end.”
The Drovers got an early penalty from fly half Jack Maynard to settle any nerves and, although opposite number Joseph Scrivens made it 3-3 with a penalty, Llandovery took control.
With the return of influential skipper Phil Day, the pack looked its old self and well crafted tries from wings Jack Parkinson and Llandovery College schoolboy international Corey Baldwin, both converted by the fly half gave them a 17-3 interval lead.
The pressure was kept up on the Bridgend defence and converted tries from Maynard and all-action hooker Hughes clinched the valuable bonus point in the third quarter.
Llandovery substitutions and a rally from the Ravens made for a tighter contest and a try from No 8 Ashley Evans brought it back to 31-8 before Llandovery replacement James Davies stroked over a penalty.
Home wing Ryan Griffiths then got a converted consolation try right at the death which did nothing to detract from this confident away performance by the Drovers.