Llandovery 37 Bridgend 12
7:00am Wednesday 19th September 2012 in Sport
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 proudly at the top of the Premiership table on 15 points, two ahead of defending champions Pontypridd who won at Carmarthen Quins.
The Drovers were quicker in thought and deed throughout with forwards and backs combining seamlessly to put together a flowing display.
In wings Lee Rees and Chris Knight and centres Jack Roberts and Adam Warren they had pace and class above the station of the Premiership.
The Drovers shrugged of the news that they will soon lose prop Owen Evans to the Gwent Dragons and there are suggestions that full back Lee Rees is also heading to Rodney Parade.
Despite the seemingly inevitable departures, Warren, Roberts, scrum half Rhodri Williams and the dashing Chris Knight put in some devastating runs.
The home backs were in grand form but coach Lyndon Lewis was the first to praise the unheralded work of his props.
“You can have all the good backs in the world but the scrum is vital and I thought all four props used gave us a strong set-piece platform,” said Lewis.
Llandovery’s domination was not reflected by their half-time 18-7 lead.
The only tries came from indefatigable flanker Shaun Miles and the electric Knight against an opportunist line-out try during a rare Bridgend attack.
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.
When the Drovers looked set to score their sixth, an interception try from Bridgend brought the curtain down on a hugely entertaining game.