2011/2012 Principality Premiership
Aberavon 25 v 29 Llandovery
17 September 2011 - Talbot Athletic Ground, Port Talbot

Match Report

Aberavon 25 - 29 Llandovery

What the Papers Say - Tom Hughes reports:

Llandovery claimed a quite amazing win on Saturday when they came back from 25-10 to score three tries in the last six minutes.

The Wizards looked home and dry when they led by 15 points with just one minute of normal time remaining but the Drovers summoned up huge reserves of strength to get tries from lock Damian Welch, makeshift wing Rhodri Williams and finally flanker Nio Aiono.

The last two tries were converted by replacement fly-half Tomas Marks for the Drovers to claim all five possible points and move up to the heady heights of fourth in the Principality Premiership.

“A wonderful comeback which underlines the resolve, determination and high fitness levels of the squad as a whole, given that we used all of our bench,” said beaming Chairman Handel Davies.

“Rugby is s now a 22 man game and the replacements all played important roles when they came on, whether early like scrum half Rob (Walters) or late such as Tomas (Marks). It is our best ever start in the Premiership but we will not get carried away by it. That said, it is nice to be tucked in behind Llanelli, Neath and Cross Keys with a home game to come against Bridgend this Saturday.”

The previous week at Parc Y Scarlets Llandovery had been on the wrong end of two Llanelli interception tries but Lady Luck was on their side at the Talbot Athletic ground. Both teenager Williams and the Samoan Aiono scooped up Aberavon passes to sprint in from all of 80 metres on both occasions and make the conversions by Marks a formality.

The Wizards had looked clear winners after tries from flanker and skipper Chris Davies, wing Richard Carter and fly-half Jamie Davies had trumped one from Llandovery's ex-Aberavon fly-half James Garland. Jamie Davies had added two conversions and one penalty to add to another penalty from ex-Llandovery full-back Howard Thomas, whereas all the Drovers could add to the Garland try was a conversion and penalty.

But the Wizards did not take into account the fitness and energy levels of the Llandovery side, who stunned the home crowd into silence in the dramatic finale.

*** TV cameras will be at Llandovery this Saturday to cover the Llandovery Sheep Festival and are due to film parts of the game between the Drovers and Bridgend (KO 2 30pm)

Official : Rhys Thomas (Wales)

Team Sheets


Aberavon Llandovery