2000/2001 WRU National League Division 1
Llanharan 36 v 32 Llandovery
30 September 2000 - Dairy Field, Llanharan

Match Report

Llanharan 36 - 32 Llandovery

A strange game at the Dairyfield saw Llanharan hold off a determined come-back by the Drovers for a welcome second victory of the season. It was strange because Llanharan used the Dairyfield slope brilliantly in the first half to play exciting and adventurous rugby, which saw them lead 33-3 at one point. But it all fell apart in a disjointed second half which saw the Drovers peg it back, although the final scoreline owes a little to a converted try deep in injury time by Dave Kings.

Skipper Wayne Merry said afterwards, "The win was all important after last week’s poor showing at Aberavon. We paid back our supporters with a very good first half performance although we let it slip in the second half. I think we are capable of putting our season back on track."

With their back row of Andrew Suter, Phil Ager and Terry Cross outstanding, Llanharan punched huge holes in the Llandovery defence. And their pivot Mark Roper orchestrated their attack superbly to make full use of a steady stream of possession.

The game swung in the Drovers favour when they stole two tries much against the run of play late in the first half and only trailed 33-17 at the break when it could easily have been much more. After the champagne rugby of the first half everything went a bit flat as the fizz went out of the game, but Llanharan deserved their success which lifts them into a comfortable mid table position.

Team Sheets


Llanharan Llandovery