Beddau 11-58 Pontypridd

Date
16.8.2008  14:30
Competition
Friendly
Location
Mount Pleasant Park

The game got underway in dismal weather conditions, with Ponty making the initial advances, a scramble over the home line resulting in a try claimed by winger Dan Dearden and converted by Matt Hutchings. Beddau were rewarded for a spell of pressure with a successfully converted penalty, but the game in general a dogfight for possession in the driving rain.

Ponty were able to break the gain line, with no 8 Dacey and centre Mike Davies to the fore, but then conceding a breakaway try which put Beddau into a 8pts to 7 lead. Kristian Dacey scored a try from a pickup and drive from the base of a scrum, with Hutchings once more converting. An exchange of penalties leading up to the interval registered a score-line of 11pts to 17 in what had so far been a close fought encounter.

Ponty made numerous changes amongst their back line, and came out in determined mood for the second period, lock Grant Harrington going over for an early try, converted by Baller. There was a physical edge to the game, with two Beddau players sin-binned, allowing Ponty to take control, camped out in the home half. Tries for flanker Andy Bridgemond and winger Garan Pearce further extended the visitors’ lead.

Ponty were now getting the better of their opponents and of the poor conditions, tries from lock Grant Harrington and centre Lawrence Price, converted by McCarthy and Baller respectively, underlining their dominance. There was much activity off the Ponty bench, with the home side enjoying a period of pressure which nearly brought a score. Having defended resolutely on their own line, Ponty once more broke free to end the game strongly, tries for winger Curtis Cunningham and centre Price notching up a final score-line of 11pts to 58.

Pontypridd

15.Garan Pearce (Kristian Baller). 14.Curtis Cunningham (Chris Clayton). 13.Owen Williams (Lawrence Price). 12.Mike Davies (Adam Thomas). 11.Dan Dearden (Owen Williams / Curtis Cunningham). 10.Matt Hutchings (Gareth McCarthy). 9.Andrew Jenkins (Gavin Morris).

1.Owen Cotton (Stuart Williams). 2.Leighton Davies (Huw Dowden). 3.Ian Poley (Josh Powell). 4.Grant Harrington. 5.Chris Martenko (Mark Palmer). 6.Rhys Lloyd. 7.Mark Palmer (Andy Bridgemond). 8.Kristian Dacey.

 

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