The outlook for Pontypridd RFC for the next week is black, but not necessarily bleak pending the results of two crucial matches, away and at home against Neath.
Ponty will face an away SWALEC Cup quarter final tie against the Welsh All Blacks on Saturday 24th March, and just seven days later on Saturday 31st March will play a quick-fire return at Sardis Road in the Principality Premiership.
The outcome of this double header will have a huge bearing on the success rate of the remainder of the season for Ponty.
A cup tie is as ever a ‘winner takes all’ showdown and Pontypridd will be travelling to the Gnoll determined to defend their status as SWALEC Cup holders.
In the league Ponty lie in seventh position, ten points adrift of current leaders Neath, and with a game or games in hand over all other clubs above them in the table – two over Neath. Needless to say the home fixture against the Blacks will be a proverbial six-pointer and another ‘must win’ game for Pontypridd to trigger off a realistic challenge for the title.
The last two Saturdays in March will certainly be ‘D-Days’ for Ponty with the destiny of a winter’s campaign in the balance.