1999/2000 WRU National League Division 1
Pontypool 42 v 10 Llandovery
18 September 1999 - Pontypool Park, Pontypool

Match Report

Pontypool 42 - 10 Llandovery

Pontypool blew away the challenge of the Drovers on a wet and windy day to maintain their 100 per cent home record and continue an encouraging start for new coaches Steve Jones and David Manley. Skipper Matthew Taylor led by example. He whipped up his forwards to storm-force proportions and they collectively huffed, puffed and eventually blew the Llandovery rearguard away. The final try tally of six to one proved an adequate reflection of the performances of both sides.

Dark clouds were gathering as early as the fourth minute for the visitors as flanker Taylor blasted through the Llandovery defence for a try which the immaculate Stuart Lawrence - who was switched from full-back to outside-half - converted. The pivot went on to add five more successful kicks and reach 57 points for the season.

With Pontypool firmly in control their forwards continually made inroads into Llandovery territory, with No 8 Gavin Lucas, lock Mike Powell and flanker Matthew Williams following their captain's all-action display. By the interval Pontypool had added two further tries through lock Lee Mruk and the impressive Lucas. Llandovery's only reply came through outside-half Stuart Richards's 33rd minute penalty.

The second half continued in much the same vein and, despite a penalty count of 23-7 against them from whistle-happy referee Mike Cox, Pooler added three more tries, two from centre Lee Jones - one courtesy of a missed Llandovery tackle and the second a charged down kick as the Drovers failed to clear their line.

Llandovery made five changes in the latter stages, including their entire front row, but they suffered another setback through wing Martin Cawley's 65th-minute try following a cross-kick from Lawrence over a flat defence. A try from flanker Dafydd Jones, converted by Richards, was scant consolation on an afternoon the visitors would probably want to forget.

Official : Michael Cox (Wales)

Team Sheets


Pontypool Llandovery