LLANDOVERY kept pace with the top five in the Premiership table as they beat rivals Llanelli 17-25 at Parc Y Scarlets on Saturday (Jan 19).
It was Llanelli, who were on the end of a narrow defeat to leaders Merthyr last time out, who made the better start as Elliot Rees dived over and Ashley Sutton added the extras.
Five minutes later the Drovers got on the scoresheet as Aaron Warren raced in to score an unconverted try.
Jack Maynard then put the visitors ahead with a penalty and shortly before half time they were given a penalty try after a number of infringements at the scrum.
Sutton then narrowed the gap with a penalty after a yellow card to Llandovery’s Shaun Miles.
However, on the stroke of half time Maynard added his second penalty to make the score 10-18 when the half time whistle went.
Any chances Llanelli had of getting back into the game at the start of the second half were soon dealt a blow as three of their players were shown yellow cards.
That allowed Llandovery in to score their third try through Ricky Guest and Maynard added the extras to make it 10-25.
A yellow card for Llandovery then allowed Llanelli with just over ten minutes left as Leon Randell scored the try and Jonny Lewis added the extras.
Llandovery were then forced to play the remainder of the game with 14 men as Richard Brooks was sent off for a reckless tackle.
The home side poured forward looking for a score which would have given them a losing bonus point but Ellis Thomas saw red after his second yellow card of the game and their chance had gone.
The Drovers went in search of a try which would have given them a bonus point but Llanelli did well to keep them out.
Premiership action takes a break this weekend as both sides play in the second round of the WRU National Cup.
Llandovery have a home tie against Championship side Trebanos while Llanelli are away as they take on Premiership high-flyers Pontypridd.