Drovers’ de­light as they con­tinue march

Wales On Sunday - - WELSH PREMIERSHIP -

THE Car­marthen­shire derby at Parc Y Scar­lets went the way of the Drovers, who con­tin­ued their bright open­ing to the sea­son with a third con­sec­u­tive win.

The Drovers had got max­i­mum points against RGC and Brid­gend and, although they did not get the full points this time, they will be well sat­is­fied with this clear-cut win against their old county ri­vals.

Early pres­sure be­longed to the Drovers and af­ter a se­ries of at­tacks Llanelli flanker El­lis Thomas was sin binned for an off­side on his own line.

A line-out take by lock Jack Jones set up a driv­ing ball for flanker Stu­art Wor­rall to bur­row over for a 5-0 lead to the visi­tors.

It was not long be­fore the dan­ger­ous Llan­dovery backs opened up and Lee Wil­liams came off his wing to feed lock Joe Pow­ell with an in­side pass for the Crymych prod­uct to run in from 20 me­tres.

Fly-half Jack May­nard con­verted, but the Sospans went on the at­tack with the re­turn of Thomas and all but forced their way over from close range.

A fine 50-me­tre kick from May­nard put the Drovers back on at­tack and, when Llanelli in­fringed out on the right, May­nard’s penalty at­tempt came back off the left up­right.

Flanker Nathan Hart’s work at the break­down set up a Llanelli at­tack, but it was all spoiled by a loss of the ball in the con­tact area in the face of strong Llan­dovery tack­ling led by skip­per and No.8 Richard Brooks.

There was more ur­gency in the home play af­ter the break and, from a close-range line-out, it took a great turnover from flanker Lewis El­lis-Jones to stop a score.

Llanelli could make lit­tle progress against firm de­fence and they were lucky not to go fur­ther be­hind when May­nard missed a 30-me­tre penalty.

Pow­ell then got his sec­ond try af­ter good work from a Llan­dovery line-out and a su­perb slipped pass from re­place­ment flanker Duane Ea­ger.

Yel­low cards for both re­place­ment prop Be­rian Watkins and Pow­ell gave Llanelli some hope with 10 min­utes to go.

And a cross-kick from re­place­ment Billy McBryde was well gath­ered by re­place­ment full-back Ryan Davies for the only home suc­cess of the day. LLANELLI: Try: R Davies LLAN­DOVERY: Tries: J Pow­ell (2), S Wor­rall. Cons: J May­nard (2)

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