1999/2000 WRU National League Division 1
Llandovery 7 v 25 Blackwood
11 March 2000 - Church Bank, Llandovery

Match Report

Llandovery 7 - 25 Blackwood

Llandovery had the edge at the scrum but nowhere else as they went down to one of their heaviest home league defeats against a well-organised and confident Blackwood side. Inspired by flanker Martin Ackerman and No 8 Matthew Veater in the back row, the Gwent forwards were more dynamic and far better drilled than the brave but limited home eight in which flanker Gareth Thomas was a non-stop trier.

Blackwood half-backs Wayne Bray and Chris Lay were adept at turning possession into good field positions and busy scrum-half Bray was rewarded with two smart second-half tries. Veater, too, got on the scoreboard when he charged over for a try as early as the first minute and he continued to show up all over the pitch in the forward exchanges. In the line-outs none did better than the former Drovers’ lock and captain - Ian Jones.

Llandovery did get a try by lock lwan Davies, converted by fly-half Peter Lloyd, when Blackwood were shoved back at a scrum, but apart from the occasional dashes from on-loan LIanelli centre Rhodri Davies and Welsh Universities scrum-half Jamie Roberts the Drovers looked limited in attack.

Ackerman sent in prop Julian Price for a try, converted by Lay, just before half-time and from then on it was clear who was going to win. Lay hit a straight 35-metre penalty and, although Veater was stopped short after a scrum pick-up, Bray plunged over. The little scrum-half then rounded off a good day when he was up in support of the tireless Ackerman to get Blackwood’s fourth and final try. All the home fans had long since retired to the consolation of the bar.

Team Sheets


Llandovery Blackwood