Coach Evans sets his sights on pick­ing up sil­ver­ware

Llanelli Star - - PRINCIPALI­TY PREMIERSHI­P -

EU­ROS Evans was de­lighted with the man­ner of his side’s thrash­ing of Cross Keys and has set his sights on win­ning sil­ver­ware next sea­son.

A penalty try plus scores from Aaron War­ren (2), Dafydd Land, Mor­gan Jones, Matthew Hughes and Car­wyn Evans se­cured a bonus-point win for the hosts. Jack May­nard kicked six points.

Cross Keys scored three tries of their own cour­tesy of Damian Welch, Rory Bu­d­ina and Josh Guy but are now 14 points off safety.

“I am pleased with how our sea­son has gone but we are also a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed be­cause we set our­selves the tar­get of win­ning sil­ver­ware this sea­son,” said Drovers head coach Evans.

“We’ve fallen just short but hope­fully we can win some next sea­son.

“I think we’ve made a lot of progress this cam­paign.

“We won’t win the league this time but we want to fin­ish the sea­son as strongly as we can so that we fin­ish in the top four. It was a good per­for­mance against Cross Keys and we played some good rugby.”

A penalty try through their su­pe­rior scrum and a ter­rific in­di­vid­ual try from scrum-half Land gave the Drovers an early lead.

The vis­i­tors’ task be­came a lot tougher when Drag­ons cen­tre Ti­aan Loots was red-carded for punch­ing Llan­dovery hooker Matthew Moore.

Cross Keys were strug­gling to cope with the width and pace Llan­dovery were putting on the ball and they scored their third try when War­ren crossed in the far right-hand cor­ner to give his side a 19-0 half-time lead.

For­mer Scar­lets and Cardiff Blues lock Welch got a try for Keys be­fore Jones ex­tended Llan­dovery’s lead.

Full-back Hughes was next to cross as he fin­ished a su­perb team try, with Evans then cross­ing late on.

Llan­dovery can still have a say in the ti­tle race as they host cham­pi­ons and league lead­ers Merthyr this evening.

And on Satur­day they wel­come in-form Car­marthen Quins, who have beaten Ebbw Vale and Pon­typridd in their last two out­ings, to Church Bank for what prom­ises to be an in­trigu­ing Towy Val­ley derby.

LLAN­DOVERY – Tries: Pen try, D Land, A War­ren (2), M Jones, M Hughes, C Evans; Cons: J May­nard (3). CROSS KEYS – Tries: D Welch, R Bu­d­ina, J Guy; Cons: J Bot­ica (3).

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