Drovers power to victory at Parc y Scarlets

Llandovery’s forward power laid the platform for a 54-21 Indigo Premiership victory over Llanelli at Parc y Scarlets on Thursday evening.

The Drovers’ scrum and line-out drive proved potent weapons all night, earning two penalty tries and two further scores finished off by hooker Craig Thomas.

Llanelli had their moments with centre Eddie James and scrum-half Harri Williams showing glimpses of their talent, but they lived off scraps, while ill-discipline didn’t help the home cause.

After player of the match Jack Maynard had pushed his side 9-0 ahead through three penalty successes, fly-half Josh Phillips replied for Llanelli – an opportunity created by a defence-splitting break from centre James.

But Llandovery took a grip of the game before the break thanks to tries from former Scarlets and Dragons centre Adam Warren and the first from hooker Thomas from a line-out rumble.

Phillips landed penalties either side of half-time, but the Drovers extended their advantage when wing Aaron Warren was freed out wide following slick handling by the three-quarters.

The Llanelli eight handed Llandovery a taste of their own medicine with a line-out drive that led to a penalty try on 48 minutes but back came the visitors with Warren crossing for his second of the night.

A penalty try extended the Drovers lead before Llanelli struck for a well-worked score finished off out wide by wing Jac Davies.

Fellow wing Ben Raivalitia did well to intercept a dangerous Llandovery attack, Taylor Davies and Ben Williams combined up the middle and when the ball was sped wide, Davies had enough space to race over.

But that was as good as it got for the home side with a second for Llandovery hooker Thomas and a scrum penalty try sealing a comprehensive victory for the visitors.

Llanelli – tries: Pen Try, Jac Davies. Pens: Josh Phillips (3)

Llandovery – tries: Pen Try (2), Craig Thomas (2), Aaron Warren (2), Adam Warren. Cons: Jack Maynard (2), Ioan Hughes. Pens: Maynard (3).