Pontypridd Youth kept up their hopes of emulating the senior team and topping their league with an emphatic 54-0 win over visitors Llantwit Major on Saturday 28th April.
The ten try romp was a great confidence boost before the upcoming league clash with Treorchy following the recent disappointment of losing to them in the Merit Cup.
The score ticked over at roughly a point a minute with full-back Josh Waughington scoring the first of his brace when a perfect miss-pass from Shane Hutchinson gave him space to slide in out wide and consistent pressure from the restart allowed Max Day to score the second try off the back of a rolling maul. Although the game required passive scrums from the start, the Pontypridd lineout was working well despite young hooker Scott Pickering making his first start and with the visitors offering very limited opposition the game was played almost exclusively in the Llantwit Major half.
Sublime passing out of the tackle by fly-half Hutchinson and flanker Ieuan Evans provided Josh Waugington with his second try and minutes later No.8 Connor Ryan broke from deep in his own territory, instigating a sweeping move that was finished by winger Jordan Rees breaking through a handful of tackles to touch down in the corner.
The hosts’ excitement sometimes let them down when a little more composure and simplicity was required but with their main ball carriers Dillon Lewis and Ryan dominating and back-row-turned-lock Max Day impressing with his work-rate around the field the three-quarters were afforded two more tries before the break with centre Garyn Smith gliding through from twenty metres out to score before he then turned provider with a quick tap and go that was cleverly kept alive by the Ripley-esque running of Dewi Kingsbury and finished powerfully by Jordan Rees somehow battling through a bank of defenders for a second time.
The big lead allowed the whole squad to get game time and although Rees secured his deserved and well taken hat-trick shortly after the re-start, the half-time changes coincided with Llantwit Major’s best spell of the game. A well marshalled and disciplined defence held firm and Pontypridd ended the game back in command with the fast feet of replacement winger Dale Hughes carrying him to the line before the ever industrious Tom Flye took a slip-pass to score. The winger then scorched away from the defence to score straight from the restart after crisp handling fromHutchinsonand Smith provided the overlap before the game was brought to a close when James Kelly crashed over by cutting a sharp angle back through a well beaten defence.
Pontypridd now turn their attention to the crunch league fixture with Treorchy at the Oval on Wednesday night (KO 7.15pm) with Pontypridd looking to complete a league double over their opponents and reverse the results of the cup fixtures between the sides this season.
15. Josh Waughington 14. Josh Edwards 13. Garyn Smith 12. Adam Harcombe 11. Jordan Rees 10. Shane Hutchinson 9. Chris Jones 1. Paul Minty 2. Scott Pickering 3. Dillon Lewis 4. Tom Flye (Capt.) 5. Max Day 6. Dewi Kingsbury 7. Ieuan Evans 8. Connor Ryan
16. Macauley Griffiths 17. James Kelly 18. Dale Hughes 19. Blake Fear 20. Callum Reed 21. Daniel Pritchard 22. Gavin Steele
Tries: – Jordan Rees (3), Josh Waughington (2), Max Day, Garyn Smith, Tom Flye, Dale Hughes, James Kelly
Conversions – Josh Waughington, Shane Hutchinson
SWALEC Cup Final
Total votes 384
Atgyfodiad yn yr ail hanner yn cipio Cwpan SWALEC i Bontypridd yn erbyn Castell Nedd. Ar y maes cenedlaethol, pwy oedd arwr y dydd i Ponty? A second half revival clinches the SWALEC Cup for Pontypridd against Neath. At the national stadium who was the hero of the day for Ponty?