2000/2001 WRU National League Division 1
Aberavon 27 v 7 Llandovery
10 February 2001 - Talbot Athletic Ground, Port Talbot

Match Report

Aberavon 27 - 7 Llandovery

Aberavon's strength in depth enabled the Division One leaders to complete a seasonal double over Llandovery. With acting captain and scrum half Daniel Hawkins and hooker Jason Hyatt both ruled out, the Wizards turned to Owen Rutley and Jonathan Owen in key positions. Former Bridgend and Uwic scrum-half Rutley, a student at Homerton College, Cambridge, proved a livewire performer on his club league debut. Hooker Owen, on only his second start of the season, also performed adequately, leaving the Drovers still in search of both a first away win of the season and an initial success at Aberavon.

The Wizards' renowned forwards turned the screw and were the driving force during the last gruelling moments on a stamina-sapping surface. Llanharan import Greg Dix had a fine game at tighthead for Aberavon, while the Drovers were well served by lock Dai Giles.

Aberavon, unbeaten at home, never looked back after taking a 15-0 lead after half an hour. Tries by centre Shane McIntosh and a gem from wing Daran Grffiths left the Wizards in the driving seat.

Llandovery fly-half Herman Bosman missed a couple of penalties at vital moments, but later atoned with a smart try. But it was too little too late, because Aberavon had added a third try through New Zealander Scott Leighton and signed off with a late effort from centre Paul Morgan.

Team Sheets


Aberavon Llandovery