Drovers look a side with honours on their minds
LLANDOVERY played with a refreshing verve and confidence to sweep aside Church Bank visitors Bridgend.
It was their third full house of points in three matches and they sit at the top of the Premiership table on 15 points, two ahead of defending champions Pontypridd.
The Drovers were quicker in thought and deed throughout, with forwards and backs combining to put together a flowing display.
In wings Lee Rees and Chris Knight and centres Jack Roberts and Adam Warren, they had players of pace and class above the station of the Premiership.
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The Drovers shrugged off the news that they will soon lose prop Owen Evans — son of former Wales prop Ricky Evans — to the Dragons by playing with refreshing freedom and fluency.
And there are growing suggestions that attacking full-back Lee Rees might soon follow him to Rodney Parade.
There were other home backs on display also worthy of close regional inspection.
Warren, Roberts, scrum-half Rhodri Williams and Knight put in some devastating runs and it was to Bridgend's credit that they kept Llandovery to just five tries.
The Drovers had the majority of possession and territory and it was only in a 15-minute spell in the second half that Bridgend had any hopes of putting themselves into contention.
"You can have all the good backs in the world but the scrum is vital and I thought that all four props gave us a strong platform," said Llandovery coach Lyndon Lewis. "Owen Evans, Andrew Jones, Wyn Jones and Dean Howells had the edge at scrum time and from there we were able to express ourselves behind."
Llandovery's domination in all areas was not reflected by their half-time lead of 18-7.
They only got two tries from flanker Shaun Miles and the electric Knight — a former Reading University captain — against an opportunist line-out try from lock Lloyd Peers during a rare Bridgend attack.
After the break Bridgend competed admirably and had one patch of testing the home defence that was repulsed.
But the Drovers pulled clear to 37-7 with tries from Rees, hooker Tom Ball and Williams, fly-half Cerith Rees chipping in with 10 points.
Just when the Drovers looked set to score their sixth try, an interception try by Bridgend replacement Jamie Murphy brought the curtain down.
Llandovery: R Jones (Aaron Warren 60); L Rees, Adam Warren, J Roberts, C Knight (D Morgans 64); C Rees, R Williams; O Evans (W Jones 64), L Lewis (T Ball 60), A Jones (D Howells 53), B Griffiths (capt), L Jones 64), S Jones, R Brooks, L Kendal (P Day 60), S Miles.
Tries: S Miles,C Knight. L Rees, T Ball, R Williams. Cons: C Rees (3). Pens: C Rees (2).
Bridgend: A Evans (B Thomas 57-80); R Williams, N Edwards, S Campbell, G Lewis; B Thomas (J Murphy 46), K Barrett (C Williams 69); K Dowding (M Thomas 58), M Dwyer (A James 73), D Sutter (J Thomas 58), L Peers (L Davies 73), A Jones, A Waite, S Hicks, J Vaughan (capt) (A Ellis 31). Tries: L Peers, J Murphy. Con: B Thomas.