2001/2002 WRU National League Division 1
Bonymaen 25 v 13 Llandovery
03 November 2001 - Parc Mawr, Bonymaen

Match Report

Bonymaen 25 - 13 Llandovery

Encouraged by their 43 points to 16 victory over Llanharan in midweek the Drovers started off in sprightly fashion. Veteran lock Dai Giles and his second row partner Lyndon Bateman were well to the fore in the early exchanges as Llandovery, playing down Parc Mawr slope, exerted pressure on the home defence. They were soon rewarded when full back Stuart Harries put over a penalty but the lead was short lived as centre Jason Davies quickly replied in similar manner for Bonymaen.

The home side adopted the basic pattern of kicking the ball long up the slope and chasing hard to put pressure on the Llandovery defence. The Drovers tried to run the ball out of defence and were guilty of handling errors and decisions that put even greater pressure on their defence and it was from a free kick that Bonymaen took the lead that they were never to lose throughout the game. Scrum half Killa took a tap penalty in his own 22, passed to partner Gareth Jones who found Jason Davies up in support. The Bonymaen centre crossed for an excellent try which he then converted. This was soon followed by a second Bonymaen try when, following sustained pressure, flying wing Paul John came infield to cut through the defence and score under the posts. Jason Davies converted to put the home side into a 17-3 lead.

Just before half time a well worked try by wing Gary Davies gave the Drovers hope that they could come back and win the game and early into the second half loan Davies dived over a pile of bodies to secure the Drovers’ second try. Unfortunately normally reliable kicker Stuart Harries missed both conversions and with him also missing two penalties the Drovers began to sense that victory was beyond them as Bonymaen became increasingly dominant and for the last quarter the visitors had difficulty in getting away from their own 22.

This pressure eventually told when prop Andy May crossed for a corner try and Jason Davies, now playing at outside half, slotted a second penalty to put the game well beyond the Drovers’ reach. On the day the home side, needing the points to get away from the lower reaches of the table, were more decisive and this coupled with greater determination proved to be too much for Llandovery, who were well below their best form.

Team Sheets


Bonymaen Llandovery