Llanelli’s hopes of progressing in the inaugural Foster's Challenge Cup suffered a blow as they went down 22-16 to Llandovery at Church Bank.
The Drovers outscored the visitors three tries to two and the defeat for Llanelli was their second from three matches and leaves them bottom of Pool A.
The game had been scheduled for Parc y Scarlets but Llanelli forfeited home advantage and suffered the consequences of that decision.
Both clubs see the competition as one where young talent can flag its promise and there was plenty on show to encourage the Scarlets hierarchy.
It was all Llanelli for the first 10 minutes but they could not breach a solid defence and Llandovery scored with their very first attack after 14 minutes.
Scrum-half Rhodri Davies ran 40 metres from a scrum and outpaced the cover for a brilliant solo try.
The Drovers had the better of things with the advantage of a strong wind and both full-back Lee Rees and wing Mike Evans came near to stretching the home lead before a yellow card for fly-half Steff Marshall proved costly.
A long cut-out pass from fly-half Billy McBryde put wing Matthew Owen in at the corner for a try on 32 minutes converted by McBryde.
Llandovery responded immediately with a try by skipper Richie Rees, converted by wing Jamie Davies only for Llanelli No.8 Greg George to charge through for Llanelli's second converted try and a 16-14 interval lead.
Llandovery came out fighting and the forwards drove over for a try five minutes after the re-start, credited to hooker Dafydd Hughes, converted by Marshall.
The home side seemed to relish playing into the wind but there was little between the sides with chances for both but scores for neither in a tight second half.
The two sides will do it all over again on Wednesday with the game once again at Church Bank.
Llanelli, on five points, are now a point behind both Llandovery and Neath and will be desperate for a win. Meanwhile, Carmarthen Quins – who are top on seven points – go to Neath on Saturday before their reverse fixture at Carmarthen Park on Wednesday.
The three group winners will qualify for the semi-finals along with the best runner-up across the three pools.
Llandovery – Tries: R. Davies, R. Rees, D. Hughes; Cons: J. Davies, S. Marshall.
Llanelli – Tries: M. Owen, G. George; Cons: B. McBryde (2).
Llandovery 22-16 Llanelli RFC
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