2005/2006 Konica Minolta Cup
Llandovery 43 v 11 UWIC
18 February 2006 - Church Bank, Llandovery
University of Wales Institute Cardiff

Match Report

Llandovery 43 - 11 UWIC

Huw S Thomas reports:

The Drovers reached the last eight of the cup in the way that all and sundry had predicted. Their forwards were immeasurably too powerful at scrum, maul and line-out for the inexperienced Uwic pack and, with possession assured, Llandovery coasted home.

Predictable, too, was the Uwic intent to play open rugby, but, devoid of six top players and short of ball, they rarely threatened the Premiership side.

With the news that Builth had also made the quarter-finals, Llandovery president Phil Davies dreamed of a money-spinning home tie against their Mid Wales neighbours. "We have always got on well with Builth since a young wing by the name of Mark Jones joined us from there in the late-1990s," said Davies. "Mark was hugely popular at both clubs so a tie against the Bulls would not only bring in a big local crowd but also give one of us a chance to reach the semi-finals."

Nothing illustrated the dominance of the home pack more than the hat trick of tries scored by No 8 Gareth Bennett, who went irresistibly over at five-metre scrums. They were the culmination of intense pressure on the lightweight students pack, while the try by skipper and lock Arwel Davies was the result of an unstoppable line-out surge.

The Llandovery front row of Dorian Williams, Kevin Allen and Andrew Jones gave the Cardiff front row a master class in the art of scrummaging while locks Tom Walker and skipper Arwel Davies provided the boiler room power. The back row of Jon Mills, Gareth Bennett and Ceri Davies hit the students back in the loose and made big yards as ball carriers to nullify the threat of a sprightly looking UWIC back row.

Uwic managed a kick-and-chase try and two penalties, all by fly-half Nicky Roberts, but were powerless to stop two well-taken tries from Drovers wing Ifan Evans. The first was made by a chip through by full-back Ioan Davies but the second was very special. Centre Howard Thomas, back from duty with home town Llandeilo, put the ex-Wales U21 wing into space on half-way and Evans swerved past defenders to race in for a try.

Fly half Tomas Marks enjoyed a good day with the boot, hitting five out of six conversions and a penalty for a 13 point haul. It capped a comprehensive and comfortable win for the Drovers.

Team Sheets


Llandovery UWIC