Cardiff lost out in the rain at Church Bank in the first live televised game ever from Llandovery.
With the rain pouring down for the entire match and a strong wind blowing down the ground a fast running game was out of the question. Instead it was an attritional hard fought game up front and a tactical position game behind.
The Blue & Blacks came under some early pressure in the early part of the game, the Drovers happy to use their forwards to rumble up the field. And it was the forwards who were credited for the first try. From a lineout the ball was smuggled to the back and despite a hint of truck and trailer the moved slowly towards the visitors line. The defence was split and when the maul was stopped illegally the referee ran under the posts to award a penalty try, James Garland added the conversion.
Cardiff were having to defend strongly and several charges at the line were repelled, Richard Smith, Ellis Jenkins and Rory Watt-Jones holding Llandovery at bay on several occasions. It wasn’t all one way traffic though, Cory Allen and Luke Ford were getting their fair share of go forward ball and Ceiron Thomas was clearing the lines to great effect. It was Thomas who put Cardiff on the board before half time landing a penalty into the wind for a 7-3 half time scoreline.
The second half saw Cardiff play with the breeze, but when they were reduced to fourteen following a sin bin offence Llandovery took control. The Blue & Blacks seemed to have control of the ball but Adam Warren emerged with it and raced under the posts from twenty-five metres out, Garland added the extras to double the home team’s score.
Cardiff fought back again, now restored to fifteen and with a one man advantage following a Drovers sin bin the worked a line out position from which a maul was stopped a few inches short. The ball was recycled and Nick White crashed over, Thomas added the conversion but that was to be the last score as Cardiff failed with late pressure to only come away with a bonus point.