The Pontypridd youngsters were in action again this weekend. Read all the results here.
Pontypridd Youth 18 - 5 Tylorstown
On Saturday Ponty Youth entertained Tylorstown in a Taff Rhondda League fixture. This young Ponty side played their first ever league match at Sardis Road and reinforced their 'Upstarts' tag by defeating the bigger and more seasoned Tylorstown youth side by eighteen points to five.
Once again a big injury list and work and school commitments meant that Ponty were forced to play a number of players out of position. Flanker Alun Thomas continued as emergency centre, whilst fellow flanker Mike Davies filled in at scrum half. Lock Drew Evans made a welcome return to Ponty colours after a few months out of the game, as did wing Lewis Williams, who hasn't played since May due to a serious hamstring problem.
Despite the changes Ponty started very brightly and were unlucky not to score in the first couple of minutes. With young Drew Evans dominating the line outs, Ponty were in total control and providing quality ball for their backs. From a line-out Ponty were able to unleash their backs on the edge of the Tylorstown twenty-two, and captain Lewis Smith darted through the defence for a great opening, his fifth of the season so far.
Tylorstown were struggling to get into their rhythm, and allowed Ponty to keep up the pressure. When the visitors were penalised for not releasing the ball at the tackle, Simms was able to kick a well struck penalty. The same player was not to be denied a try for long, and within minutes an excellent move involving Davies, Smith and Dearden, put Simms into a gap and he made no mistake to cross for a well deserved try to make it 13-0 to Ponty.
From another excellent line out take by Evans the Ponty forwards launched an attack up the blind side. The ball was quickly moved from the ensuing ruck, and flyhalf Smith danced his way through the forwards to cross for his second try near the corner flag. The half-time score was Pontypridd 18 Tylorstown 0.
The second half saw Ponty forced to ring the changes. Wing Williams was struggling with his hamstring, and was replaced by Graeme Upcott. Lock Evans, who was not fully match fit, was replaced by flanker Alun Thomas. Simms moved to full back, and Tom Newberry, returning from illness, came in at centre. The loss of Evans was a real blow to Ponty, with the reshuffled pack struggling at the set piece against the heavier Tylorstown forwards. Tylorstown scrum began to cause Ponty all sorts of problems, and our lineouts were becoming scrappy.
Without quality set piece ball, the whole complexion of the game changed, with Ponty forced to defend for the majority of the second half and forced to live off scraps of possession. Ponty then introduced wing Gary Page, in an attempt to shore up the midfield defence. The visitors were now starting to believe they could salvage something from the game, and after an excellent period of sustained pressure they were able to steal a Ponty put-in at the scrum. Quick hands from Allen saw the Tylorstown winger Kyle Mathews cross wide out for an unconverted try.
The final score was Pontypridd Youth 18 Tylorstown Youth 5. Although Lewis Smith, Dafydd Gristock, Dale Pugh and Alun Thomas had all shone for Ponty, the Ponty man of the match was Drew Evans for his towering display in the line out.
Pontypridd scorers: tries - Lewis Smith (2), Rhys Simms; penalty - Rhys Simms.
Tylorstown scorer: try - Kyle Mathews.
15. Alun Thomas; 14. Lewis Williams, 13. Dan Dearden, 12. Rhys Simms, 11. Max Padfield; 10. Lewis Smith, 9. Mike Davies;
1. Marc Jones, 2. Sam Oliver, 3. Dale Pugh, 4. Drew Evans, 5. Nathaniel Williams, 6. Dean Massey, 7. Dafydd Gristock, 8. Jon Reid,
Substitutes: Graeme Nicholson-Upcott, Gary Page, Tom Newberry.
UNDER 7/8's Dev. Pontypridd 15 - 15 Nelson
TRY scorers for Pontypridd were Dafydd Smith, Owain Morris and
UNDER 8's Pontypridd 15 - 10 Nelson
TRY scorers for Pontypridd were Christopher Temple, Joshua Barnes and Rhodri Smith.
UNDER 9's Pontypridd 25 - 0 Merthyr
TRY scorers: Lucas Hickman, Rhys Grainger, Calum Pearce and Jasper Powell (2). Man of the match Harley Jones.
UNDER 10's Pontypridd 63 - 0 Nelson
TRY scorers Keiron Hughes (2), Dewi Morris (2), Ben Stephens, James Stallard, Aled Evans, Rowan Thomas, Grant Jones, Chris John and Greg Mogford. Conversions were kicked by Greg Mogford, Keiran Hughes, Dewi Morris and Grant Jones.
UNDER 11's Pontypridd 86 - 0 Nelson
TRY scorers: George Dalley (3) Harry Walton, Dillon Lewis, Shaun Gwynne (2), Matthew Parfitt, Kyle James, Anton Ramsey, Kai Perry (2), Josh Phillips and Matt Austin. Harry Walton kicked 6 conversions with one conversion each for Kai Perry and Josh Phillips. Man of the Match Dillon Lewis
UNDER 12's Pontypridd 52 - 0 Merthyr
TRY scorers: Nathan Williams (2), Dion Holland (2), Ryan Webber, Sam Edwards, Ieuan Evans, Jordan Rees, Rhydian Langford and Jake Thomas.
Conversions were kicked by Sion Jenkins. Man of Match:- Nathan Williams.
UNDER 13's Rhiwbina 26 - 12 Pontypridd
TRY scorers for Pontypridd: Dale Hughes and Nathan Wild. Joel Raikes kicked one conversion. Tonyrefail Upholstery Man of the Match: Nathan Payne.
Total votes 602
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