Llandovery secured their first ever win at St Helen’s thanks to a brace of late penalty goals by former All White Cerith Rees.
The first half was a rather dull affair both sides only managing a penalty apiece. Rory Pitman and James Dixon came close to scoring as the Whites battered the Llandovery line but flanker Nio Aiono was caught offside in midfield and promptly sent to the sin-bin.
The Drovers began to put Swansea under pressure and Kieran Murphy was unlucky not to score after he was held up over the line by a dogged defence. On the stroke of half time winger Rhys Jones was yellow carded for deliberate offside.
The home side retook the lead immediately after the interval through a Dixon drop goal but Cerith Rees brought the scores level with a penalty after Nicky Thomas held onto the ball after the tackle.
Centre Matthew Jacobs showed a superb turn of pace to cut through the Whites defence to score the opening try of the match after 53 minutes. Replacement Tom Morgan was driven over from close range moments later and Dixon added the extras to tie the scores.
Rees then kicked two penalty goals before Dixon crashed over in the corner in the 11th minute of injury time. However the fly half was unable to convert his try to the delight of the travelling support.
The victory means Llandovery climb off the bottom of the Premiership as they look to use their games in hand to good effect in their bid for survival from relegation.
Full time:- Swansea 18 Llandovery 19
Referee:- Neil Hennessy
Tries:- Morgan (58), Dixon (80+11)
Cons:- Dixon (59)
Pens:- Dixon (9)
DG:- Dixon (43)
Tries:- Jacobs (53)
Cons:- C Rees (54)
Pens:- C Rees (14, 50, 75, 80)
Man of the match:- Kieran Murphy
Swansea team:- 15 N Thomas 14 Rhys Jones (rep: J Garland 80+3) 13 C Shelmerdine 12 D Watts 11 L Bevan 10 J Dixon 9 R Wells (rep: P Tucker 77) 1 Roy Jones 2 A Joy (rep: A Rees 71) 3 A Clatworthy 4 B Fox (rep: D Blyth 62) 5 S Kiley 6 J Bija (rep: T Morgan 54) 7 S Lewis 8 R Pitman
Llandovery team:- 15 H Thomas 14 H Grundy 13 M Jacobs 12 D Rogers (rep: M Jones 41) 11 L Rees 10 C Rees 9 R Walters 1 D Williams (rep: P Edwards 51) 2 AW Davies (rep: A Yelland 72) 3 D Howells (rep: O Evans 51) 4 P Day 5 L Tonkin 6 N Aiono 7 L Phillips (rep: L Kendall 37) 8 K Murphy
By Paul Hopkins