University of Wales Institute Cardiff
1999/2000 WRU National League Division 1
UWIC 21 v 31 Llandovery
04 December 1999 - Cyncoed Campus, Cardiff

Match Report

UWIC 21 - 31 Llandovery

Llandovery captain Adrian Davies claimed a memorable hat-trick in a comfortable victory over UWIC.

While the scrum-half will be pleased with his own efforts, the real praise for the victory must go to the Drovers' coaching staff. Geraint Williams and his back-up team have transformed Llandovery's fortunes. This win was their fifth in the last six matches, and their superiority over the students revealed more than a hint of tactical acumen.

From the outset, the Drovers concentrated on attacking the opposition's Achilles heel - their scrummage. At first UWIC battled well in this area, but as events unfolded what initially seemed to be chinks in their armour eventually became gaping holes.

Time after time Llandovery shunned the easy option to convert penalties, and their physical approach reaped rewards as the students were eventually bludgeoned into submission. Davies's three tries all came from pushover scrums, and the UWIC pack also suffered the indignity of conceding a penalty try under the posts.

UWIC contributed to their own downfall. Emyr Lewis was guilty of dissent when they were in a commanding position, conceding vital territory. A similar display of petulance at the ensuing scrum saw hooker Steve Jones sin-binned. Up to this point, UWIC had competed well.

Tries from Paul Matthews and Lewis rewarded the fine use they made of limited possession. However, Jones's absence was felt as Davies crossed twice in the last 10 minutes to secure the spoils.

Team Sheets


UWIC Llandovery