What the Papers Say - Huw S Thomas reports
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The Drovers made it two wins out of two in the Fosters Challenge Cup to keep alive their hopes of winning Pool 2.
After beating Swansea the week before they repeated a bonus point win with this comfortable four tries to one defeat of a disappointing forward orientated Llanelli.
And with Carmarthen Quins having also beaten Swansea and Llanelli it is already looking likely that the winner of the pool will come from either Llandovery or Carmarthen, who meet at Church Bank on December 7.
Winning coach Euros Evans was more than happy to get confirmation of the talent coming through at Church Bank: “We will need strength in depth when the going gets tough over the next three months and there were a number of players who will come into contention for a place in the 23 man Premiership squad.”
Evans continued, “We scored three great tries to make it 21-0 in the first quarter with some fine sleight of hand passing but then showed we can defend as well as attack when the Llanelli pack put us under a lot of pressure in the second quarter. Our substitutions worked well for us too, with the scrum shored up and a renewed energy around the park.”
Outstanding for Llandovery throughout the 80 minutes was lock Joe Powell whose galloping running and support work marked him out as a real find for the Drovers since his move from Crymych.
There was too a fine all round performance from fly half James Davies who ran and passed with authority and also kicked well out of hand and off the ground. The ex-Llandovery College product scored a side-stepping try, a penalty and all four conversions for a personal tally of 16 points to add to the 15 points he racked up against Swansea in the first Fosters cup game on October 12.
In the first half there were tries from busy wing Jack Parkinson, Davies and ever-dependable centre Rhodri Jones before Llanelli’s scrum advantage fashioned a try just before half time when wing Ryan Davies went over wide our, fly half Ioan Hughes converting.
With Llandovery replacements making a difference up front Davies kicked a penalty before an ill directed Llanelli kick gave replacement flanker Richard Rees the chance to storm home from 20 metres and claim a bonus point.
Llanelli had their chances with centre Nathan Edwards and lock Ed Curtis catching the eye but a red card for head butting prop Tom Kaijaks put paid to any chance of eating into the comfortable Llandovery lead.