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Pontypridd 27 vs Bedwas 39

Sat 26th August, 14:30, Sardis Road
Principality Premiership

An early turnover by prop Chris Phillips created the home side’s first attack but it came to nothing as the Bedwas defence held firm.

Despite Ponty enjoying the majority of the early possession, it was the visitors who scored first after a quick tap penalty created an overlap out wide which saw wing Matthew John crossing with outside half Steffan Jones converting.

An evenly contested match was played out for the next ten minutes with both Dane Blacker and Daf Lockyer making breaks for Ponty but pressure not turned into points.

Ponty levelled the scores after an excellent move off the top of the lineout saw flanker Shane Lewis-Hughes crash over next to the posts, outside half Diggy Bird converting the score.

A mistake at the back of the home side’s scrum then gifted the visitors a series of scrums close to the try line and the pressure paid off when no8 Morgan Allen sneaked over under the posts, Steffan Jones easily converting.

On the stroke of half time opposing outside halves Diggy Bird and Steffan Jones exchanged penalties which saw the visitors go in at the break 13pts to 17 ahead.

At the start of the second half a series of penalties conceded by the home side allowed Bedwas to march upfield and eventually score through prop hooker Ellis Shipp following a line out drive. Outside half Steffan Jones once more converted the score.

The Valley Commandos wasted no time in replying with a try of their own when replacement wing Lewis Williams raced through to touch down under the posts Bird adding the simple conversion.

A long range penalty by Bedwas’ Steffan Jones extended their lead to seven points going into the final quarter of the match.

With Ponty failing to clear their line, the visitors capitalised by driving to the home line, Steffan Jones diving in under the posts to claim the bonus point try which he then converted.

The Valley Commandos refused to give up, winger Lewis Williams hoisting a cross kick which set up a foray down the flank, with opposite wing Dale Stuckey stretching over in the corner. Replacement outside half Ceri Sweeney expertly converted the score from the touchline.

With Ponty looking to complete the comeback and level the scores, Bedwas turned over possession allowing flanker Andrew Waite to race clear for a final touchdown which sealed the win for the visitors by 27pts to 39.

Pontypridd:

15.Lloyd Rowlands. 14.Dale Stuckey. 13.Cameron Lewis. 12.Dafydd Lockyer – cpt. 11.Geraint Walsh (Lewis Williams). 10.Diggy Bird (Ceri Sweeney). 9.Dane Blacker (Wayne Evans).

1.Chris Phillips (Brad Thyer). 2.Joe Page (Corrie Tarrant). 3.Scott Andrews (Will Davies-King). 4.Josh Hawkins. 5.Callum Bradbury (Gruff Lloyd). 6.Shane Lewis-Hughes. 7.Morgan Sieniawski. 8.Chris Dicomidis.

Tries: Lewis-Hughes (21); Williams (55); Stuckey (72)

Cons: Bird (22, 56); Sweeney (73)

Pens: Bird (33, 39)

Bedwas:

15.Aaron Bramwell. 14.Rory Budina. 13.Ross Wardle. 12.Adam Williams (Mike Callow). 11.Matthew John. 10.Steffan Jones – cpt (Luke Crane). 9.Tom Rowlands (Tavis Knoyle).

1.Dan Preece (Brynley Toms). 2.Ellis Shipp (Mike Dacey). 3.Rhys Hutcherson (Chris Budgen). 4.Robson Blake. 5.Craig Hudd (Taine Basham). 6.Nathan Hudd (James Richards). 7.Andrew Waite. 8.Morgan Allen.

Tries: John (8); Allen (30); Shipp (50); Jones (67); Waite (78)

Cons: Jones (9, 30, 51, 68)

Pens: Jones (36, 64)

Referee:-  Dan Jones

WRU & Golden Bob man of the match: Morgan Sieniawski

Attendance: 1,750