Evans secures late Drivers victory
1:02pm Monday 14th October 2013 in Sport
Llandovery 34 Neath 31
The Drovers secured their third consecutive win over old rivals Neath, with a last minute penalty to win the game. With the scores tied at 31-31, replacement wing Lee Evans struck a superb penalty to snatch a well-deserved victory, writes Thomas Hughes.
Going in to the match, Neath were in the unusual position of propping up the Principality Premiership, having played four consecutive league games at home and lost them all.
Llandovery meanwhile were still coming to terms with the disappointment of only claiming a draw against Pontypridd last week, when victory was within their grasp.
Drover coaches Lyndon Lewis and Euros Evans were delighted to get back to winning ways and were pleased with the Llandovery performance.
“Five points against Neath is a very good achievement, wherever they are in the table,” said Lewis, while warning his men that “there are still one or two things to work on”.
Llandovery’s support play and willingness to attack from all areas of the field constantly stretched the Neath defence. Wyn Jones had another storming game at prop while captain Phil Day a constant menace in attack and defence.
Full back Lee Rees and outside-half James Garland both used the strong first-half wind to good effect, constantly putting the ball behind the Neath defence.
The energetic Tom Ball scored the first Llandovery try after a drive from the line-out, but the visitors soon responded with a try from scrum-half Josh Davies, converted by Adam Jones.
Shaun Miles, who had a fine all-round game, touched down for two tries in the space of five minutes to provide the hosts with some breathing room.
His first score involved a bullocking run from 25 metres while the second came courtesy of a catch-and-drive in the line-out. Both were converted by Garland to give Llandovery a 19-7 interval lead.
Jones scored and converted a try for Neath to keep them well in touch at 19-14 before Sam Soul scored in the corner after yet another line-out catch-and-drive.
Dafydd Howells on the Neath wing, recently capped by Wales in Japan, always looked strong and elusive. He marked his return with two tries, either side of a good individual touchdown from Garland, who leveled scores at 31-31.
With full time already showing on the clock, Lee Evans did the rest.
There was still time for one final twist when Neath were awarded a penalty wide-out, but still in Jones’s range. The kick drifted wide and Llandovery had secured a bonus point victory.
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