Evans happy as Drovers sign off on a win­ning note

Llanelli Star - - CRICKET AND RUGBY -

LLANDOVERY....................31 ABER­AVON.........................26

LLANDOVERY head coach Eu­ros Evans at least had a smile on his face af­ter see­ing his side end their sea­son with a home win.

But it could have been so much bet­ter if they hadn’t slipped up in some key matches.

They were able to de­feat Cardiff, Pon­typridd and Merthyr at home, but lost twice to Brid­gend and went down to an as­ton­ish­ing de­feat at Cross Keys.

It meant a fourth-place fin­ish in the end.

“It is dis­ap­point­ing that we didn’t get any sil­ver­ware, but it has been a good sea­son other­wise,” said Evans.

“We didn’t per­form to our abil­ity in the semi-fi­nal of the cup against Cardiff.

“When you look back on the sea­son, los­ing twice to Brid­gend and at Cross Keys are the rea­sons we aren’t close enough to Merthyr and Cardiff, although to fin­ish fourth for a club our size is a good achievemen­t.”

Llandovery’s Wales Un­der-19s cap Harri Doel helped him­self to two tries and Aber­avon’s Wales Un­der-18 cap­tain Bradley Rod­er­ick marked his de­but with a try as the young­sters shone in the sun at Church Bank.

Doel struck twice in the sec­ond half, but Aber­avon bat­tled back to en­sure the game was still in the bal­ance to the death.

Jack May­nard gave the home side the per­fect start with a try that rounded off a 70-me­tre move and then added the con­ver­sion and a penalty. But Aber­avon worked their way into the lead ei­ther side of a yel­low card for home back-row man Shaun Miles.

Wing Shaun Pierce rounded off a blind­side raid to score the first of his two tries and then scrum-half Dai Pritchard sniped around the nar­row side of a scrum to score where Miles would have been block­ing him.

Drovers prop Dino Dallavalle then broke clear and sent Kris Jones gal­lop­ing to the line for a try that May­nard con­verted to make it 17-12 at the break. The first of Doel’s tries, a su­perb solo run up the right touch­line, in­creased the lead and then he got a sec­ond af­ter Pierce had cut a great in­side line to com­plete his brace for the vis­i­tors.

Rod­er­ick crossed at the posts as he faith­fully fol­lowed a neat chip ahead to earn Aber­avon a bonus-point try.

LLANDOVERY – Tries: H Doel (2), J May­nard, K Jones. Cons: J May­nard (4). Pen: J May­nard.

ABER­AVON – Tries: S Pierce (2), D Pritchard, B Rod­er­ick. Cons: C Ban­field (2), J Gar­land.

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