Online bookmaker Dragonbet which specialises in Welsh sporting events has made Llandovery strong favourites to complete a rare Indigo Premiership league and WRU Cup double writes Huw S Thomas.

The online arm of the well known John Lovell Racing company quote the defending champions at no higher than 6/4 to win the end of season Premiership play offs and the WRU Cup.

James Lovell admitted that the firm were very wary of Llandovery.

“They have only lost one league and cup game in 20 outings, are the heaviest scorers and best defenders in the semi pro game and are in top form.” said Lovell

“They will almost certainly have a home draw in the play offs so we consider 6/4 a fair price.”

“Rugby punters are showing lot of interest in the semi pro game as a betting medium and the rest of the season looks exciting for us and them.”

But to pull off the double, Llandovery must overcome strong and difficult opponents, led by Ebbw Vale, Newport and Cardiff.

Llandovery’s first concern is this Saturday’s WRU Cup semi final against Ebbw Vale.

They meet at Aberavon whilst in the other semi final Merthyr and Swansea join battle at Bridgend

Dragonbet has made Llandovery the 4/11 favourites to win and they are also priced at 10/11 on a – 8 handicap, meaning that the Drovers will need to beat Ebbw by nine points or more for Drovers backers to collect on the handicap..

Ebbw Vale are 2/1 to beat Llandovery and +8 on the handicap at 10/11.

The Steelmen are the only side to have beaten the Drovers this year, – 25-17 at Eugene Cross Park early in the season – and only lost narrowly 17-15 at Church Bank so they must rate a huge threat.

If normally reliable fly half Evan Lloyd had not missed a late penalty from in front of the posts, Ebbw would have completed a notable double.

Whoever wins Saturday’s semi final at Aberavon will be warm favourites to beat Swansea or Merthyr in the final.

In the Indigo Premiership, Llandovery look almost certain to finish first or second, such is their current lead – 15 points clear of Newport and Ebbw Vale.

If things pan out as predicted, Newport, Ebbw Vale and Cardiff look set to finish in that order behind the Drovers.

Top spot for Llandovery would give them a home draw in the end of season Premiership semi final play offs and against the side that ends up fourth.

That is likely to be Cardiff although Pontypool, Aberavon and even seventh placed Pontypridd are not completely out of contention for that fourth spot.

If the Drovers were to finish second, then they would entertain the third placed side- likely to be Ebbw Vale, possibly Newport.

But before such permutations become clearer, there are the fast approaching WRU Cup semi-finals to concentrate minds and ambitions.

To understand the route to success and bring off the 6/4 league and Cup double, Llandovery will have to win four tough games, two in the play offs, two in the Cup.

On Saturday, much will depend on the weather and playing conditions with Ebbw Vale likely to be best suited by a forward battle, Llandovery more suited to faster and drier conditions.

Newport, too, have a big, bruising pack and are yet to play Llandovery at home in the league and are, to many people’s mind, pose the biggest danger to the champions keeping their Premiership title..


2023/2024 Indigo Premiership as it stands 23/02 (top 7)

Llandovery 19 18 0 1 636 281 355 88 36 13 0 85
Newport 17 14 0 3 564 315 249 81 37 13 1 70
Ebbw Vale 19 14 0 5 590 353 237 75 43 11 3 70
Cardiff 18 10 1 7 503 413 90 63 48 9 3 54
Pontypool 17 10 0 7 414 383 31 48 45 3 4 45
Aberavon 17 8 0 9 398 437 -39 53 56 8 4 44
Pontypridd 18 8 1 9 400 418 -18 47 52 5 4 43