The game got off to a frenetic start, with Tonmawr threatening and Ponty pinned back in their own half, conceding a number of penalties as they endured a period of considerable pressure. Although still struggling to secure possession in set piece and loose, Ponty eventually worked their way upfield, the pace of winger Lewis Williams and the power of centre Lee Thorne spearheading their attack. With neither side kicking for goal, the game remained scoreless for the first quarter of an hour, but the deadlock eventually broken as Ponty generated a forward drive, with flanker Rhys Lloyd up in support to claim a try.
The contest was a competitive one, with punches thrown, and Ponty lock Grant Harrington singled out for a spell in the sin bin. The home side remained under pressure, grafting hard in defence to keep their opponents at bay. Breaking the siege, Ponty set up an effective driving maul, the ball then shipped out wide for winger Owen Williams to cross for a try. A fired up Tonmawr side responded with another phase of attack, but Ponty holding out for an interval advantage of 10pts to 0.
As the second half commenced, Ponty gained a territorial advantage through the long range line kicks of full back Nuthall, and enjoying a greater share of possession, allowing fly-half Dean Gunter to break upfield. Securing good ball from a solid scrum, Ponty worked an effective switch move for centre Gavin Dacey to cut through for a try, converted by Kristian Baller.
Conditions were difficult as a fine drizzle put a dampener on proceedings, but both sides determined in their efforts to play rugby regardless. It was Tonmawr who once more took the initiative, driving towards the home line, with Craig Moses crossing for a deserved try. The home team responded with a phase of attack, led by winger Owen Williams, and flanker Darren Waters then stealing an opposition line out throw to claim a poachers’ try, the score converted by Matthew Hutchings.
Ponty once more forged ahead in attack, showing good support skills, and centre Dafydd Lockyer breaking the gain line to good effect. Finishing the game strongly, the home side applied a good deal of pressure, which was converted into points as prop Ryan Harford cut through for a try.
A competitive game in which Pontypridd had to work hard for their rewards, came to a close with a home win by 29pts to 5.
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