Llandovery RFC 31 Llanelli RFC 7 (courtesy of SWEP)
A YOUNG and spirited Drovers side made it two wins out of two in the Foster's Challenge Cup with this four-tries-to-one success over their fellow Scarlets feeder club.
For Llanelli, who had prop Tom Kaijaks sent off, it was their second successive defeat in pool two and, with Swansea also losing to Carmarthen Quins, it is already looking likely that winners of the pool will come from either Llandovery or Carmarthen.
For both Llandovery and Llanelli there were positives from the result.
Winning coach Euros Evans was more than happy to get confirmation of the talent coming through.
He said: "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.
"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."
Meanwhile Llanelli director of rugby – and Scarlets academy manager – Kevin George was in optimistic mood.
He said: "Llanelli were also happy to see a number of players put their hands up for Premiership selection with a strong forward effort.
"But, in a very open and entertaining game, it was the pace and fluency of the Llandovery backs that turned the tide their way."
In the first half there were home tries from wing Jack Parkinson, fly-half James Davies and centre Rhodri Jones — all converted by the impressive Davies.
Llanelli then dominated scrum and loose and fashioned a try just before half time when wing Ryan Davies went over out wide, with 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 sprint 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 for Kaijaks put paid to any chance of eating into the comfortable Llandovery lead.
Llandovery – Tries: J Parkinson, J Davies, R Jones, R Rees; Cons: J Davies (4); Pen: J Davies.
Llanelli – Try: R Davies; Con: I Hughes.
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Other results -
Aberavon 40 Neath 24
Bridgend 29 Cardiff 7
Carmarthen Quins 33 Swansea 14
Ebbw Vale 12 Bargoed 10
Merthyr 36 Pontypridd 15
Newport 17 Cross Keys 11