Drovers cling on to record
6:00am Thursday 1st November 2012 in Sport
Principality Premiership Aberavon 32 Llandovery 32 THE Drovers hung on to their unbeaten record by the skin of their teeth against an Aberavon side that belied their lowly league position, writes Huw S Thomas.
The Wizards had only won one of their seven league fixtures going into the game but gave the league leaders their toughest test of the season as the sides matched each other with two tries, two conversions and six penalties apiece.
Aberavon got tries from full back Jonathan Phillips and scrum half Joe Heatley, Llandovery countered with tries from centre Adam Warren and flanker Shaun Miles.
Aber fly-half Jamie Davies kicked 22 points while full back Rhys Jones – son of formerWales skipper Kingsley Jones – did the same for Llandovery.
It was 19-15 to Aberavon at the break before the Drovers took a 29-22 lead in the final quarter, only to be caught on the line by a Davies penalty two minutes from time.
Head coach Lyndon Lewis – a favourite at Aberavon in his playing days for the Wizards – was realistic in his assessment.
“We are still unbeaten and have a big game coming up against Bedwas who are right behind us in the table and we can hopefully return to winning ways this Saturday,” he said.
However, the Drovers will have to play better than this to see off Bedwas.