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Pontypridd 76 vs Abercwmboi 0

Sat 12th August, 14:30, Aberaman Park
Pre-season Friendly

The home team got off to a spirited start, keeping play up in their opponents’ half for long periods, but foiled by the odd costly knock-on. On a rare incursion into their hosts’ twenty-two Ponty fashioned a score as scrum half Dane Blacker chipped ahead and gathered to touch down, with outside half Diggy Bird adding the conversion.

Ponty were striving to achieve continuity, full back Joseph Williams making a break with hooker Corrie Tarrant up in support to score. Working off a strong set piece, the Premiership team as yet were not dominating the game, which was blighted by errors typical of a first pre-season run-out. It was Blacker who again dummied and broke clear to score a fine individual try, with Bird’s touchline conversion rebounding off a post.

The visitors launched a wide attack, winger Dale Stuckey racing in to score with Bird again converting, and following a period of Abercwmboi pressure, Stuckey crossing for his second try, with Bird’s conversion bringing up an interval scoreline of 0pts to 31.

With numerous changes in personnel made, Ponty struck again soon after the restart, a break by centre Cameron Lewis putting Stuckey over for his hat-trick try, with Jordan Rees’ conversion striking the upright. A quick tap penalty by the visitors then put centre Jarrod Rees clear to score out wide, before a lengthy delay ensued as an Abercwmboi player was stretchered off.

The home team were determined to compete, but failing to threaten a score before Ponty countered for outside half Jordan Rees to cruise in under the posts and convert his own score. The visitors made another raft of changes, before another counter attack set Stuckey up for a try which Rees converted, taking his team over the half century of points.

Late tries by scrum half Jamie Hill, converted by Rees, then by replacement outside half Rhys Morgan and flanker Thomas Jevons, both converted by Morgan, rounded off an emphatic Ponty victory by 0pts to 76, but against a spirited Abercwmboi side.