2001/2002 WRU National League Division 1
Aberavon 22 v 13 Llandovery
09 February 2002 - Talbot Athletic Ground, Port Talbot

Match Report

Aberavon 22 - 13 Llandovery

After a fortnight's break from rugby action, a rusty Aberavon returned to record their fourth league double of the season, consolidated their lead at the top of Division One and also set a couple of records. This 22 - 13 win over the Drovers means that the Wizards are now sole record holders of the most consecutive wins in Division One with 16. This beats the previous record of 15 that has been held by Dunvant for the last nine seasons. The win also means that Aberavon have extended their winning run in all games to 18 matches. This is three more than the club’s previous record set 64 years ago.

Outside half Jamie Davies opened the scoring in the 13th minute with a penalty kick into the wind. Four minutes later Drovers full back Stuart Harries kicked a penalty after the visitors came close to scoring a try just a minute earlier when they made a kick and chase with centre Barry Maddocks winning the race to touch the ball down. Davies kicked his second penalty in the 26th minute with Harries cancelling it out with a long range kick of his own just before half time. This made the score 6 - 6 going into the interval.

Within two minutes of the restart the Wizards were pushing for a score inside the Drovers 22 when centre Tracy Lewis intercepted the pass and sprinted down the field for wing Ioan Davies to score. Harries’s conversion made the score 13 - 6 to the visitors, and this seemed to wake the Wizards up as they went on to dominate the rest of the game. Five minutes after Llandovery's try, Aberavon made their way back into the Drovers’ territory, with flanker Andrew Thomas picking the ball up from second phase to release Davies for a try in the right hand corner. Davies added his third penalty in the 52nd minute to give the Wizards a narrow 14 - 13 lead.

Just a few minutes later the Wizards almost scored their second try when Maddocks was tackled into touch at the corner flag. Their second try came on the hour mark when, from a scrum five, scrum half Daniel Hawkins picked up and dived over. Davies kicked his fourth penalty in the 69th minute to put the Wizards two scores up and to win the game 22 - 13. Davies contributed 17 points.

Team Sheets


Aberavon Llandovery