Drovers beat the del­uge to com­plete league dou­ble

Llanelli Star - - Principali­ty Premiershi­p -

WHAT a dif­fer­ence the weather can make.

When these two teams met in Bar­goed on the open­ing day of the season, the vis­i­tors ran in eight tries in a 62-22 win.

In the wind, rain and mud at Church Bank it was a dif­fer­ent story as the play­ers slugged it out in a mud­fest that saw four play­ers pick up yel­low cards in a 53-minute first half and an 80 min­utes that fea­tured three tries.

Two of those came from close range and the score­line was still hang­ing in the bal­ance well into the sec­ond half due to the con­di­tions.

In the end, the greater for­ward power and pre­ci­sion of the home side saw them home and up to sixth place in the ta­ble.

Af­ter a run of three suc­ces­sive de­feats, Eu­ros Evans’s side have now won their last two and will head to the plas­tic pitch at the Arms Park for a vi­tal game against Cardiff on Satur­day. That will test how much of a re­cov­ery they have made.

The rash of yel­low cards is­sued by ref­eree Richard Deacey in the first half – Bar­goed’s front-row duo of Rhys Buck­ley and Rhys Mor­gan started the ex­o­dus and then Drovers’ front-five mem­bers Rhys Jones and Be­rian Watkins fol­lowed – meant at var­i­ous stages in the first pe­riod both teams were tem­po­rar­ily re­duced to 13 men.

The first quar­ter saw an ex­change of penal­ties from the

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op­pos­ing out­side-halves, Jack May­nard draw­ing first blood for Llandovery be­fore Josh Prosser replied, and the first try came af­ter 26 min­utes.

No sur­prise, it came from a driving line-out with hooker Marc Jones com­ing up with the score for the home side.

Lock Mor­gan Jones was next over the Bar­goed line on 40 min­utes as he bur­rowed his way across from a close-range ruck for a try that May­nard im­proved.

That should have been the end of pro­ceed­ings, but Mr Deacey some­how man­aged to find 12 ex­tra min­utes on the run­ning time clock de­spite no ma­jor in­juries in the first half.

So, when Bar­goed con­jured up a try for their cen­tre Jor­dan How­ells in the 53rd minute it was game on again.

The sec­ond half turned into a real slog as the con­di­tions got worse and points be­came even harder to come by. There were three more penal­ties, two from May­nard with an­other Prosser ef­fort sand­wiched in be­tween, and the fi­nal whis­tle was a relief all round.

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