2010/2011 British & Irish Cup
Ayr 20 v 19 Llandovery
12 February 2011 - Millbrae, Ayr

Match Report

Ayr 20 - 19 Llandovery

What the Papers Say - Huw S Thomas reports:

In a tight British and Irish Cup game, a late try by Ayr flanker Andy Dunlop robbed the under-strength Drovers of a surprise win.

Dunlop was one of five Ayr players to have appeared for the Scotland Club International XV that lost to France on February 4 whilst Llandovery fielded a back division containing two Ammanford schoolboys in scrum-half Rhodri Williams and wing Jake Randall.

“It was a great effort from a side missing half its regulars and Ayr sportingly recognised they were a wee bit fortunate to scrape a win,” said Llandovery chairman Handel Davies.

Both Williams and Randall caught the eye in the first half with some tricky running and the scrum-half - son of former Swansea No 9 Alan Williams - scored a first-half try from a Randall pass.

The Drovers led 11-8 at the break after fly-half Howard Thomas had kicked two penalties to counter a penalty by centre Ross Curle and try from wing Steven Manning.

When Thomas added a drop goal soon after half-time and Randall crossed following good work from centre Nathan Bowen to make it 19-8, a shock was on the cards.

But despite the valiant work of Nio Aiono and Phil Day in the Llandovery back-row, the heavier Ayr pack wore Llandovery down in the last quarter. Dunlop barged over for a converted try and crossed again late on from close range against tiring opponents to quash Welsh hopes of reaching the knock-out stages.

See also the Scotsman report here


Official : Matthew Carley (England)

Team Sheets


Ayr Llandovery