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Indigo Premiership: Llandovery and Cardiff set for top two clash

LLANDOVERY face Cardiff on Thursday night (Mar 2) in a battle of the top two sides in the Indigo Premiership.

Cardiff currently sit top of the table and have an eight-point gap over their opponents but a win for the Drovers, who also have a game in hand, could bring them right into the fight for top spot.

The game between the two sides in October ended in a 29-26 result for Cardiff in what was another excellent advert for Welsh Premiership Rugby.

The two sides also met in the WRU Premiership Cup in December and on that occasion it was Llandovery who earned a 19-16 win over their rivals.

Last time out Cardiff beat Llanelli 57-28, their thirteenth win from fifteen games so far this season. They are currently on a two-game unbeaten run having suffered defeat to Newport in January.

Llandovery earned a narrow 24-25 win away at RGC in their last game, their 12th win from fourteen games.

The Drovers are on a three-game unbeaten run and both sides will be keen to keep those going on Thursday.

Speaking ahead of the game Cardiff Head Coach Steve Law said: “It’s a top of the table clash that is live on TV and gives everyone an opportunity to showcase what they can do. As a squad we understand how vital it is to finish in the top four this season and the result of this game will go a long way to deciding where we are in terms of the end of the season reckoning.

“Last time we visited Llandovery we had a very different mind set in terms of the result, a result that saw us through to the semi-final of the cup. This time it will be a very different game. We have to bring our A game against what is a very strong Llandovery side. We will have to put in a performance if we want to get anything from the game, but we are very much looking forward to the challenge.

“We would also like to thank Merthyr for the permit of Lloyd Ashley”

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Llandovery Head Coach Euros Evans said: “Following our win at Parc Eirias, games do not get any easier as we face the league leaders under the lights. We know each other well following 2 tight affairs already and this again promises to be a real test and one the whole squad is relishing.”

The game at Church Bank kicks off at 7:30pm and the game is being streamed by S4C Rygbi.

Cardiff team: 15 Jacob Lloyd, 14 James Beal, 13 Ryan Wilkins, 12 Arron Pinches, 11 Joe Goodchild, 10 Dan Fish, 9 Tom Habberfield, 1 Marc Thomas, 2 Alun Rees, 3 Scott Andrews, 4 Sean Moore, 5 James Richards, 6 Ellis Thomas, 7 Nathan Hudd, 8 Morgan Allen, 16 Rhys Barratt, 17 Evan Lloyd, 18 Freddie Barnes, 19 Lloyd Ashley, 20 A.N Other, 21 Joe Williams, 22 Harrison James, 23 Will Keep.