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Pontypridd 42 vs Cambrian Welfare 0

Sat 11th August, 14:30, Sardis Road
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Cambrian pressed early on from a mix-up in the home defence but Ponty countering and sending centre Alex Knott over for a try wide out which winger Dale Stuckey converted. Handling errors were blighting a game played in wet conditions but which was competitive from the off.

Ponty went close to scoring following a good combination between Morgan Sieniawski and Alex Knott, and persisting in attack, shipped the ball wide for winger Alex Webber to cross, Dale Stuckey launching another touchline conversion between the posts. The visitors were powerful in the set piece but it was Ponty again who went close following a concerted line-out drive.

Despite making changes off the bench Ponty continued to dominate territorially and scored again as full back Rhys Morgan cruised over following a quick tap penalty, replacement Diggy Bird converting to take his side in at the break 21 unanswered points to the good.

Numerous changes were made as Ponty re-appeared, soon finding their momentum as they pressed to the visitors’ line, Diggy Bird sniping over for a try which he then converted. Cambrian were being heavily penalised as they defended their own twenty-two, another Ponty line-out drive crossing the whitewash but no try given.

Home pressure finally told as centre Alex Knott powered through for his second try, converted by Bird. Cambrian enjoyed a period of possession, hoisting a high cross kick to offer a scoring opportunity which was not taken.

Ponty kept ringing the changes on the hour mark but persevered in attack, winger Marcus Jones crossing for a try which was converted by Rhodri Smith. The visitors were competitive to the end, proving to be creditable opponents, but Ponty finishing strongly to justify a 42pts to 0 victory.

Pontypridd:

15.Rhys Morgan. 14.Alex Webber (Ryan Crowley). 13.Alex Knott (Rhys May). 12.Gabriel Davies (Tom Hannah). 11.Dale Stuckey (Marcus Jones). 10.Jordan Rees (Diggy Bird / Rhodri Smith). 9.Huw Rees (Will Baird / Joel Raikes).

1.Connor Lewis (Huw Owen). 2.Will Haly (Geraint Clarke / Joe Page). 3.Joe Popple (Morgan Bosanko / Luke Leddington / Zac Evans). 4.Shay Smallman (Chris Dicomidis / Cian Lewis-Hughes). 5.Sean Moore (Josh Hawkins). 6.Lloyd Evans (Rhodri Jones / Kyle Evans). 7.Sion Edwards (Luke Benjamin / Dafydd Smith). 8.Morgan Sieniawski (Gwion Jones / Ross Barnes).

Tries: Knott (4, 57); Webber (14); Morgan (37); Bird (47); M. Jones (67)

Cons: Stuckey (6, 15); Bird (38, 48, 58); Rh. Smith (67)