Drovers go on the ram­page

LLAN­DOVERY...............104 BEDDAU.............................0

Carmarthen Journal - - Midweek Sport -

LLAN­DOVERY racked up more than a cen­tury of points as they thrashed Beddau at Church Bank to progress into the se­cond round of the WRU Na­tional Cup.

Eu­ros Evans’s side crossed for 16 tries to hu­mil­i­ate the Cham­pi­onship out­fit. Scar­lets and Wales Un­der-20s wing Corey Bald­win was the star of the show as he ran in four tries.

Lock Joe Pow­ell, cen­tre Car­wyn Evans and fly-half Kris­tian Jones all bagged braces, while Rho­dri Jones, Dino Dallavalle, Lee Rees, Llew Smith, Bran­don Wood and Lewis El­lis Jones also scored tries.

No. 10 Jones added 12 con­ver­sions to end with a haul of 34 points.

Drovers as­sis­tant coach Si­mon Davies said: “You pre­pare the same for any game but it ended up a bit more com­fort­able than we an­tic­i­pated.

“Hav­ing spo­ken to some of their play­ers and com­mit­tee at the end of game, we un­der­stood that they were with­out a lot of first-team play­ers. But they played un­til the end and bought into the spirit of things and tried to play as much as pos­si­ble.

“We had spo­ken about be­ing as ruth­less and ad­ven­tur­ous as pos­si­ble and the boys re­sponded well.”

Pow­ell’s brace came within six min­utes with both of his tries com­ing from close range as the vis­i­tors strug­gled to cope with Llan­dovery’s phys­i­cal­ity.

Evans, Dallavalle and lively scrum-half Rees scored fur­ther tries to give the hosts a 54-0 in­ter­val lead.

The pick of the bunch was Bald­win’s third try with the wing hit­ting a ter­rific an­gle to run in un­op­posed from 40 me­tres out.

Re­place­ment Smith also had a strong game after com­ing on, with the play­maker mak­ing an in­ci­sive break to pierce Beddau’s de­fence for his try.

The Drovers have happy mem­o­ries of this com­pe­ti­tion. They won it for the first time back in 2007 with a 20-18 vic­tory over Cardiff and were also win­ners in 2016 when they de­feated Car­marthen Quins 25-18.

Davies added: “The league is the main fo­cus for every­body. But hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced a cup run and also win­ning it, it is a great oc­ca­sion, and there are still quite a few boys in our squad who were part of that cup-win­ning team and they are very keen to do as well as pos­si­ble this year as well.”

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