2000/2001 WRU National League Division 1
Llandovery 16 v 15 Abercynon
09 September 2000 - Church Bank, Llandovery

Match Report

Llandovery 16 - 15 Abercynon

Llandovery just about deserved victory but Abercynon could so easily have won this error-strewn battle at Church Bank. The tireless work of the whole Llandovery pack maintained the half-time one-point advantage at 16-15 right through a pointless second half.

Two moments of madness cost the visitors their first points of the season and handed the Drovers their first win of the term. First, fly-half Stuart Davies astonishingly refused the option of a straight penalty from 35 metres and elected to kick for position only to see Llandovery clear the lineout danger. Then in the dying minutes after a free kick awarded five metres from the Llandovery line, skipper Andre Bernard booted the ball into touch in the mistaken hope of getting prime line-out position only to see referee Aplin give, quite correctly, the line-out throw to the Drovers.

Llandovery's second-half defence had been top-class, none doing better than the back row of ex-Whitland flanker Phil Morgan, No 8 Rob Price and Dafydd Jones.

Abercynon must have thought themselves in a good position in the first half when they led 15-6. Home full-back Peter Lloyd had kicked two penalties but tries from Bernard and quick wing Gareth Davies plus a conversion and penalty from fly-half Stuart Davies had secured a solid lead. The two tries emphasised the extra speed of the Abercynon backs but the Llandovery pack, with prop Dorian Williams and makeshift hooker Matt Monaghan to the fore, competed well to bring their side back into the game. Lloyd kicked his third penalty and the clever work of fly-half Dai Lloyd-Jones fashioned a well taken try for wing Ioan Davies. Lloyd's touchline conversion sneaked the 16-15 win.

Team Sheets


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