Llandovery 25 Swansea 20
9:00am Wednesday 26th September 2012 in Sport
YET another of Wales’ famous old club sides succumbed to the progressive Drovers when Swansea were the victims at Church Bank, writes Huw S Thomas.
After maximum five point wins over Cardiff, Neath and Bridgend, Llandovery racked up another full house at the expense of the All Whites.
They sit firmly at the top of the Premiership table on 20 points, ahead of pursuing Cross Keys and Bedwas.
That said, they were taken all the way by a very young, fast-improving All Whites side, coached by two former Welsh internationals in Mefin Davies and Kevin Hopkins.
At the start, the Llandovery backs were in eye-catching form, with centre Jack Roberts sending Ammanford-born scrum half Rhodri Williams racing in under the posts for a try, converted by fly half James Garland.
The Swansea defence had to work overtime to stem the Llandovery flow, but the classy Williams showed pace and trickery to race away again for a stunning individual try.
Fly half Sam Davies put the All Whites on the scoreboard with a leftfooted drop goal, but most of the visitors’ time was spent in shoring up their defence.
Garland added a penalty to his earlier conversion to make it 15-3, but Swansea struck to their task manfully, for replacement wing Jamie Thomas to crash over for a try, well converted by Davies.
Llandovery were stung into action after the break and had the bonus point in the bag with tries from flankers Luke Kendall and Shaun Miles.
Swansea were not in the least overawed and they started to win the contact area and pressurise an increasingly hesitant home defence.
No 8 Dan Baker and flankers James Bija and Sam Lewis were everywhere and a good spell of attacking brought a welldeserved try for the outstanding 20 year old Baker, converted by Davies to make it 25-20.
It was all to play for and anyone’s game as it swung into the last ten minutes, Experience told in the end, as Llandovery battened down the hatches and probed for another try, Williams just short of crossing for his hat-trick.
But Swansea remained ultra-competitive to the very last and fully deserved a losing bonus point against the league leaders.