Drovers still on top, but Evans issues a warning
EUROS Evans wasn’t pleased with Llandovery’s performance but was happy to take maximum points against Llanelli at Church Bank.
The Drovers made it four wins from four with a routine victory over their rivals, but Evans believes his side need to up their game if they are to remain at the top of the Premiership.
The wet conditions made things a little more difficult, with Llanelli’s defensive game plan frustrating the hosts until Rhodri Jones set Richard Williams free to crash over.
Jack Maynard added the conversion.
Llandovery enjoyed the majority of possession but the visitors were the happier side at the break, with their defensive determination limiting the Drovers to a 7-0 lead.
The second half continued in the same format as the first, but another great offload from Jones, on his 150th appearance for the club, put Aaron Warren through to grab Llandovery’s second try. Maynard added the conversion.
The visitors continued to defend with great spirit but Gavin Thomas added a third try before a penalty try in the final minutes earned the hosts a bonus point.
“I can’t pretend that we played well but we got five points out of it against a side who defended with huge resolve,” said Drovers head coach Evans.
“It was a local derby after all and Llanelli often disrupted our rhythm.
“But we know that we will have to lift our game in the face of some difficult fixtures in the next few weeks.
“That said, we were pleased to see some of our younger players getting invaluable experience, which will prepare them for the Premiership. We can’t be unhappy at the top of the table but there’s a tough season ahead.”
The result leaves Llanelli languishing at the bottom of the table and still searching for their first point of the season.
But forwards coach Lloyd Phillips felt there were positives to take from the contest.
“The score might not show it but this was a significant improvement on recent performances,” he said. “A lot of very raw players are learning their trade in the heat of battle and to compete with a side as good as the Drovers was encouraging.”