Pontypridd hit the ground running in their first pre-season friendly match, posting an emphatic 0pts to 104 win against Abercwmboi.
The game celebrated the official opening of Abercwmboi RFC’s excellent facilities at the Welfare Gound.
A Pontypridd line up containing numerous debutants took a little time to gel together, before full back Matthew Nuthall opened the scoring with a try wide out. As the visitors picked up momentum, further touchdowns were added by wing Chris Clayton (2), outside half Lewis K Williams, flanker Tom Hetherington, wing Owen Jenkins and centre Gary Williams, with Williams adding four conversions. The interval scoreline of 0pts to 43 was a reflection of the dominance of a Ponty team who were always willing to attack.
Numerous changes in personnel were made at half time, but Ponty losing none of their appetite for running rugby. The team’s support play and handling skills were often sublime, their pace and guile proving far too potent for a hard working Abercwmboi side.
A procession of tries were scored by wing Kayne Hendrickson, who tallied up a hat-trick, flanker David Barry, hooker Tom Hetherington, centre Gavin Dacey, second row Craig Locke (2) and winger Lewis I Williams, with outside half Dean Gunter confidently adding eight conversions.
The final score was 104 unanswered points to Ponty’s credit, which was a justifiable return for the effort they had shown.
Team manager Richard Langmead was pleased with the afternoon’s shift.
“For a first run out of the season, things went well today” said Langmead. “Everything clicked, and all the work we have put in on the training pitch came to fruition in a competitive game.
“This performance is one we can build upon, as the stakes will be raised in our next match against the Cardiff Blues.”
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