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.

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 27 21 0 6 798 501 107
Llandovery 28 20 1 7 803 492 98
Cardiff 26 19 1 6 771 547 95
Ebbw Vale 28 19 1 8 671 512 90
Pontypridd 25 18 0 7 840 480 89
Newport 29 16 2 11 726 678 83
Aberavon 25 16 2 7 569 478 78
Swansea 28 15 0 13 625 552 75
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 26 12 1 13 669 556 73
Carmarthen Quins 29 13 1 15 616 544 71
Llanelli 29 11 1 17 622 710 58
Bedwas 28 10 1 17 615 786 52
Bridgend Ravens 26 9 0 17 544 651 50
Cross Keys 27 5 1 21 552 925 35
Bargoed 27 6 0 21 522 872 33
Neath 26 1 0 25 367 1026 3