1999/2000 WRU National League Division 1
Newbridge 35 v 19 Llandovery
26 February 2000 - Welfare Ground, Newbridge

Match Report

Newbridge 35 - 19 Llandovery

Newbridge, whose form against the visiting Drovers has been anything but impressive recently, not only avenged a narrow defeat at Llandovery in November, but recorded their sixth league win in a row to move up to a challenging third place in Division One, only two points behind Pontypool.

Despite the deteriorating conditions of a heavy drizzle accompanied by a strong wind, neither side resorted to negative play and the result was an enjoyable spectacle of free running with ball in hand liberally sprinkled with dummies, reverse passes, body swerves and the occasional astute chip ahead.

That Newbridge won so decisively in the end was due to the fact that two of Llandovery's clearance kicks were charged down, respectively by centres Andrew Green and Paul Jones, for tries at important times in the match and also to the fact that outside-half Jason Williams was far more accurate with his goal-kicking than his opposite number, Peter Lloyd.

Both scrum-halves, Jason Parfitt and Jamie Roberts, were lively characters, slipping away from the bases of their packs and keeping the opposing back rows on their mettle and in this particular area none worked harder than Newbridge's skipper Julian Derrick and Llandovery's Dafydd Jones.

Two other players to take the eye were the adventurous full-backs, Matt James for Newbridge and Ioan Davies of Llandovery, the latter being particularly dangerous when moving to the centre, and it was he who produced the Drovers' consolation try in the last minute of an absorbing encounter in which the application of the advantage rule was well-used by referee Gareth Simmonds.

Team Sheets


Newbridge Llandovery