1999/2000 WRU National League Division 1
Llandovery 20 v 40 Pontypool
03 January 2000 - Church Bank, Llandovery

Match Report

Llandovery 20 - 41 Pontypool

Thanks to the Pooler website for this report:

Pooler arrived at Llandovery's Church Bank hoping to gain their first ever win at the ground. Llandovery took the lead however through a well struck penalty by outside half Gary Williams. Pontypool, not wanting to be left behind, soon got the pack moving on some impressive driving play. The forwards came to a halt about five metres short of the Llandovery try line, and scrum half Sione Mone used his massive upper body strength to plough over the line for outside half Stuart Lawrence to convert.

Three minutes later Pontypool scored again, with both backs and forwards inter-playing with each other until the ball got across to the three quarter line, where left wing Joel Griffin out-paced his marker to round off a superb try. Pooler were leading 12 - 3 after ten minutes play.

Pooler were now full of confidence and from a defensive scrum inside the 22 metre line they failed to clear as they tried to run the ball out. They got caught and a rushed kick was charged down. Llandovery's wing Tracy Lewis did not have to be asked twice to dive on a loose ball for a try, which was also converted.

A quick tap penalty by Llandovery caught Pooler napping and wing Mark Jones went over for a second try by Llandovery, which was also converted. Then Pooler went on the march again upfield. When Llandovery flanker Gareth Thomas knocked the ball on this was judged to be a foul and he was yellow carded. Lawrence popped over the penalty goal.

With one man down an attacking scrum meant Pooler number eight was able to pick up a ball from the scrum and he went in unopposed for a try. Llandovery hit back with a penalty just before half time. Pooler led 22 - 20 at this point.

The second half showed Pooler's class and hunger as Llandovery started to tire. A swift movement across the back line created a small gap for David Smith to creep through for another Pooler try. Another Pooler move saw Lee Jones break the Llandovery defence to set up good ruck ball. David Smith was worked over for a try. Stuart Lawrence added a drop goal and another penalty to seal the game 40 - 20 to Pontypool on a convincing win for Pontypool.

What The Ref Said: Both sides were guilty of persistently not retiring the full 10 yards at penalties. A very enjoyable game, 8 out of 10 for quality.

Official : Neil Ballard (Wales)

Team Sheets


Llandovery Pontypool