After the previous weekend’s good win over Porth Youth in the annual St Bart’s Flask fixture another fifty point victory on Saturday 18th May, this time over league opponents Rumney, brought the curtain down on Pontypridd Youth’s season. A totally dominant performance backed up their recent home win over the same opposition and was a fitting send off for those players leaving the Youth.
The warm weather and hard, wide ground were perfect conditions for Pontypridd’s fluid style but it was aggressive defence particularly from flankers Ieuan Evans and Daniel Pritchard that created the opening try for Scott Sullivan after only a few minutes played. A number of further scoring opportunities were held up over the line but with Rumney constantly fighting the tide the flood-gates duly opened during the second quarter. A strong scrum and the immaculate timing between hooker Scott Pickering and his lineout jumpers provided a solid platform for the inside backs to punch holes through the midfield. Sam Edwards added a second score with a powerful crash ball off his outside-half before he then made the initial thrust that was developed by some disciplined tight drives before Garyn Smith scythed through from full-back to finish well under pressure.
The result was effectively decided by half-time with Pontypridd launching attacks from all parts of the field and adding two more tries before the break. An impressive thirty metre break by Daniel Pritchard deep into the Rumney half was recycled quickly and left Sam Edwards a simple cut back to stroll over for his brace before winger Josh Edwards clinically finished off a polished move that saw centre Edwards collect a bouncing chip over the cover by fly-half Jarred Evans before he drew the defence to put his wide man away.
The visitors lost their attacking focus for a while after Sam Edwards crashed over for his hat-trick straight from the restart but wrapped things up early with two final scores – an innocuous Pontypridd clearance was safely collected but the isolated Rumney cover was simply mugged by centre Edwards who ripped the ball out of the winger’s hands and cantered over for his fourth and the finish was aptly applied by Daniel Pritchard after a fine individual display when he found himself on the end of a miss-pass to slide in out wide.
Coaches Simon Bayliss and Andrew Price were full of praise for the whole Pontypridd squad who competed well all season in a tough league and although it was sad to say goodbye to Adam Harcombe, Josh Edwards, Nathan Wyle, Paul Minty, Chris Jones, James Nicholas, Mike O’Connor, Scott Sullivan, Jordan Eynon and Steffan Jenkins as well as physio Sue Minty and kit man Leighton Jones it was exciting to see a number of very promising younger players coming through to complement the remaining squad.
Tries – Sam Edwards (4), Scott Sullivan, Garyn Smith, Josh Edwards, Daniel Pritchard
Con – Jarred Evans (5)
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