Drovers still on top, but Evans is­sues a warn­ing

Llanelli Star - - Rugby -

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.”

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