2000/2001 WRU National League Division 1
Llandovery 36 v 18 Merthyr
28 April 2001 - Church Bank, Llandovery

Match Report

Llandovery 36 - 18 Merthyr

The Drovers needed to beat Merthyr at Church Bank to make sure of First Division survival, and they did it in style by scoring six tries to six penalties by ex-Llandovery full-back Stuart Hancox.

Not that it was an easy victory as the Ironmen were within a converted try of Llandovery at 24-18 with only three minutes of normal time to go and still pressing hard with the advantage of a freshening wind.

It was then that the Drovers produced the crucial coup de grace when the joint scrummaging power of newly-introduced prop Dorian Williams and hooker Hywel James put Merthyr under enormous pressure at scrums on their own 22-metre line.

Scrum-half Jamie Roberts took advantage of a retreating Merthyr scrum to snipe clear and quick support by replacement flanker Aled Davies put excellent No 7 Andy Powell in for a try which was improved upon by replacement full-back Gary Williams.

Tails were up and the 36-year-old warhorse No 8 Chris Davies snaffled a ball at another creaking Merthyr scrum to flick a pass to fly-half Herman Bosman who plunged over for a corner try in the final movement of the game.

Llandovery had scored three first-half tries through brothers Adrian and Chris Davies and South African wing Archie Mitchell and a fourth through Bosman, only for Hancox to keep reducing the gap with a final total of six penalties in eight attempts to punish Llandovery. But the clever tactical substitutions of coach Iestyn Thomas and the greater resolve of the home eight produced the two crucial late tries that keep the Drovers in Divisions One - unless of course the WRU decides to relegate more that two teams at the last moment.

Team Sheets


Llandovery Merthyr