1999/2000 WRU National League Division 1
Llandovery 25 v 15 Llanharan
15 September 1999 - Church Bank, Llandovery

Match Report

Llandovery 25 - 15 Llanharan

It was the ultra-competitive Llandovery pack which laid the foundations of a hard-earned win. Llanharan were more adventurous behind the scrum, but did not have anyone remotely as effective up front as the Drovers' lock, Gareth Phillips. Three of the four Llandovery tries were direct results of pin-point throwing and clean Phillips line-out takes, followed by irresistible surges from the pack. Phillips was well supported by the back row of Gareth Thomas, Dafydd Jones and Dai Giles.

The home scrummage always had the edge, and Llanharan had to live off scraps. This they did very well. After going behind 10-0 to tries by scrum-half Adrian Davies and Giles, they scrambled back to 10-10 with a penalty by scrum-half Greg Jones and a try by flanker Chris Rees, converted by Jones.

Fly-half Stuart Richards restored the Llandovery lead to 13-10 with a penalty and early in the second half a great counter attack, finished off by fly-half Mark Roper gave the visitors a 15-13 lead. A James try after 53 minutes put Llandovery back 18-15 and they were never in trouble again.

Team Sheets


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