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Bargoed 10 vs Pontypridd 29

Sat 23rd September, 14:30, Bargoed Park
Principality Premiership

From the kick off a forty metre Dafydd Lockyer break set up excellent field position for Ponty but on which they could not capitalise as Bargoed cleared their lines.

Ponty finally turned possession into points courtesy of a long range penalty from outside half Diggy Bird after Bargoed were penalised at the breakdown.

The visitors were enjoying all the ball with the match being played out in the home half. Pressure told as the first try soon followed after a solid attacking scrum by Ponty, full back Lloyd Rowlands crossing out wide and Bird converting the score.

Ponty’s attacking play was relentless but handling errors constantly interrupting their phases as they were threatening. Numerous times the visitors were held up close or over the line by the dogged home defence.

On the stroke of half time Ponty got their second try of the match when flanker Rhys Shellard raced fifteen metres down the touchline after an overlap was created. Diggy Bird expertly converted from the touchline to see Ponty deservedly go in at the break 0pts to 17 ahead.

A low key start to the second half was ended after an excellent thirty metre driving maul put Ponty on the front foot close to the home line. Several phases later replacement Ceri Sweeney ducked and rolled under the defence to touch down at the side of the posts, then converting his own score.

From the re-start Ponty went the length of the field and as Rhys Shellard drew the last defender he found wing Alex Webber up in support to score his side’s bonus point try in the corner. With Ponty again on the attack, Bargoed’s Jordan Howells intercepted on halfway and raced clear to score an opportunist try.

Both teams emptied their respective benches going into the final quarter of the contest and this disrupted the flow of the game, but the home side having the final say as wing David Evans scored next to the corner flag. Accused of collapsing a maul in the build up to the try, Ponty lock Sean Moore sat out the rest of the match in the sin bin.

With no further scores forthcoming it was Pontypridd who deservedly claimed victory by 10pts to 29 in a match which they totally dominated.

Bargoed:

15.Calum Jones. 14.Jordan Purcell (Luke Smalley). 13.Jordan Howells. 12.Darren Humphries. 11.David Evans. 10.Julian Mogg (Iain Smerdon). 9.Matthew Bancroft (James Hallett).

1.Rhys Morgan (Kieron Brown). 2.Geraint Clarke (Leigh Meades). 3.Alex Gardner-Key (Jack Williams). 4.Matthew Thomas. 5.Louis Blacker (James Locke). 6.Grant Rogers. 7.Alex Herbert. 8.Lewis Weyman.

Tries: Howells (58); Evans (76)

Pontypridd:

15.Lloyd Rowlands . 14.Alex Webber. 13.Garyn Smith. 12.Dafydd Lockyer – cpt (James Lewis). 11.Dale Stuckey. 10.Diggy Bird (Ceri Sweeney). 9.Wayne Evans (Joel Raikes).

1.Chris Phillips (Huw Owen). 2.Huw Dowden (Joe Page). 3.Will Davies-King (Keelan Marney). 4.Sean Moore. 5.Chris Dicomidis (Shay Smallman). 6.Shane Lewis-Hughes (Lee Evans). 7.Rhys Shellard . 8.Morgan Sieniawski.

Tries: Rowlands (22); Shellard (39); Sweeney (53); Webber (55)

Cons: Bird (22, 39); Sweeney (54)

Pen: Bird (8)

WRU man of the match: Rhys Shellard

Referee:-  Dewi Phillips

Attendance: 300