Cardiff were taught a lesson on how to play the conditions by Llandovery at Church Bank
Playing into the strong wind and driving rain in the first half the Blue & Blacks found it difficult to get out of their own half. The Drovers however used the conditions to their advantage. When Cardiff did get into the home side’s half the ball was not controlled and when Llandovery turned it over the ball was sent back deep into the visitor’s half.
Llandovery’s first points came from a Jack Maynard penalty. Shortly after the first of the Drovers five tries was scored. A catch and drive from a penalty was rumbled over the line with Shaun Mills under the pile. Maynard was on target with the conversion and when another series of penalties resulted in a penalty try the writing was on the wall.
Another catch and drive gave the drovers try number three and when Mills was on hand to grab his second and the Drovers bonus point try before half time the Blue & Blacks had a mountain to climb. And it was a mountain too far. The Blue & Black failed to protect the ball and the Drovers defended without giving away penalties waiting for the mistakes to come. And they did come on a regular basis. Without any consistent possession the Blue & Blacks failed to gain any field position.
The Drovers had one foray into the Blue & Blacks half and capitalised when a backs move where the ball did not end on floor saw wing Aaron Warren slide over in the corner.