LLANDOVERY DISAPPOINTED WITH WALK OVER

The Drovers went through to the last eight of the WRU Cup after Trebanos conceded a walk over through lack of front row cover writes Huw S Thomas

It was not until late Friday afternoon that Trebanos called off the second round game much to the consternation of all at Church Bank.

Arrangements for sponsors and supporters had to be cancelled and match programmes binned due to the lateness of the Trebanos communication.

“We are happy to go through but would obviously prefer to have played “ said Llandovery President Handel Davies.

“It’s very disappointing that Trebanos did not let us know of their problems less than 24 hours before kick off.”

“We are hoping for a home game in the next round and a cup run that takes us all to the Millennium Stadium for what would be our third final in 12 years.”

After the Cup excitement of last week, our Principality Premiership clubs return to league action this weekend with the pick of the games the one at Church Bank where fifth placed Llandovery entertain seventh placed Aberavon.

Games between the two sides have invariably been close over recent years and another tight encounter is expected on Saturday.

There is also extra spice to the game in that former Llandovery head coach Lyndon Lewis is part of the Aberavon coaching staff and returns to Church Bank with a close knowledge of the strength and weaknesses of quite a few of the Llandovery players.

The Wizards edged home 31-26 back in September thanks to a late try by full back Jonny Phillips with wing Chris Banfield chipping in with 14 points from the boot.

Even then the Drovers had a golden chance to score towards the end when flanker Shaun Miles sprinted clear from 30 metres out only to be caught by a terrific cover tackle by Phillips.

Aberavon come into this Saturday’s game on the back of an outstanding 16-7 win over league leaders Merthyr and will be confident of taking on the Drovers.

Aberavon and Llandovery have met each other 47 times in the League (including playoffs), with the Wizards leading the series 30 – 15 with 2 games drawn but the visitors will be aware that they lost twice at Church Bank last season.

Llandovery were very disappointed that Trebanos gave them a walk over in the WRU Cup on Saturday but they will be up and ready for a game that is sure to be very close.

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Cardiff 21 16 1 4 647 430 81
Pontypridd 20 16 0 4 714 357 78
Ebbw Vale 21 15 1 5 474 348 71
Llandovery 21 13 1 7 572 381 66
Aberavon 20 13 2 5 440 382 63
Newport 21 12 2 7 526 489 63
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 19 10 0 9 496 410 56
Carmarthen Quins 22 10 0 12 456 420 53
Swansea 20 10 0 10 467 416 51
Llanelli 21 6 1 14 411 546 34
Bridgend Ravens 19 6 0 13 362 472 33
Cross Keys 20 5 1 14 432 648 33
Bedwas 21 5 1 15 441 614 30
Bargoed 20 3 0 17 361 683 18
Neath 19 1 0 18 287 762 3