Howard Evans (Llandovery Programme Notes)

Here we go again as for the fifth time this season the ‘Wizards’ and the ‘Drovers’ are meeting. We did not start playing against Llandovery until the 1993-94 season and yet already this season we have beaten them in an August friendly and in last month’s cup semi-final.

However, Llandovery have beaten us twice in the cup, both home and away. So, both clubs can ask – how do you lose and win in the cup? Rugby in Wales is indeed not simple is it? The knock-out cup means you can lose and win and in the league there are only 11 games with some clubs playing six at home and five away and others just the opposite.

There are a few players over the years who have represented both clubs, but primarily I think of fly halves James Garland and Cerith Rees. James will be here today and he is very, very welcome.

Interestingly, Joe Thomas, who was in Texas when we met in August, has since scored tries in all the three cup meetings.

One thing we do know is that though the coaches – Jason Hyatt and Euros Evans – were hookers, nevertheless, there will some good open rugby played today.

Even the referee stays the same as the cup semi-final with Rhys Jones in the middle, while Wayne Davies is on the line. I remember a Mid District semi-final many years ago when Wayne was referee. Despite two fierce sides, Wayne was outstanding that day.

Good luck to all players and officials and particularly to our splendid Will Price, who will be here as an Aberavon player for the final time.