Cross Keys launched a snap offensive along the touchline for full back Lewis Hudd to cross in the corner, his third minute try converted by Sam Mills. As hard as Ponty tried to strike back, there was insufficient continuity in their play as they struggled to break out of their own half. It was the Keys who again seized the initiative as outside half Mills stroked over a penalty from mid distance.
Ponty finally forged a path into their opponents’ twenty-two, hooker Darran Harris sniping over for a try in the corner, superbly converted by Lewis K Williams. The home team were by now gathering momentum, lying siege to the Keys’ try line with a series of driving mauls and scrums, eventually resulting in the award of a penalty try which was converted by Williams.
Pontypridd had now moved up a gear, pounding the gain line with some fine support skills on show and extending their lead through a well struck Lewis K Williams penalty. Cross Keys attempted to launch a foray into home territory through their lively back line, but home winger Lewis I Williams intercepting just over half way to cruise in for a try, the conversion attempt rebounding off a post. Ponty maintained momentum for outside half Williams to launch over another penalty, securing an interval lead of 25pts to 10.
Ponty advanced deep into the visitors’ twenty-two from the restart applying pressure through a series of five metre scrums, with Keys’ flanker James Benjamin yellow carded in the process. A breakthrough came from open play as outside half Williams drilled through a grubber kick, gathered by wing Chris Clayton to cross for the home team’s bonus point fourth try.
The game now dipped in tempo, marred by errors, turnovers and the referee’s whistle. It was Ponty who once more seized the initiative as hooker Darran Harris latched on to a loose line out ball to gallop over for a try, converted by Williams.
The Keys in turn went close to scoring in the corner before Ponty responded with a flowing counter attack. An end to end passage of play was rounded off as Cross Keys hit back at pace for winger Ashton Hewitt to cross for a try converted by Mills with sixty-four minutes gone.
The contest remained lively and competitive, both teams willing and able to try their hand in attack with Cross Keys holding a territorial advantage. It was however Ponty who retaliated to score, Adam Thomas intercepting on the visitors’ twenty-two to dart over for a try which Williams converted.
A last gasp attack by Cross Keys was rewarded as flanker Cae Traehern crossed for a try wide out, but not to be outdone Ponty advanced back upfield, replacement scrum half Carl Thomas burrowing over for a final score, the conversion from Williams bringing up a final score-line of 51pts to 22.
“Golden Bob” man of the match:- Darran Harris
15.Adam Thomas. 14.Lewis I Williams. 13.Gavin Dacey (Gareth Wyatt). 12.Gary Williams. 11.Chris Clayton. 10.Lewis K Williams. 9.Rhys Downes (Carl Thomas).
1.Stuart Williams (Ken Knaggs). 2.Darran Harris. 3.Pat Plamer. 4.Craig Locke (Jordan Sieniawski). 5.Ryan Savage. 6.Jake Thomas. 7.Wayne O’Connor (Tom Hetherington). 8.Dan Godfrey – cpt.
|Pontypridd: (25) 55||Cross Keys: (10) 22|
|Tries: Harris (15,57); Penalty (23); L.I.Williams (35); Clayton (45); A, Thomas (75); C.Thomas (80+2)||Tries: Hudd (3); Hewitt (64); Traehern (80)|
|Cons: L.K.Williams (15,23,57,75,80+2)||Cons: Mills (3,64)|
|Pen: L.K.Williams (29,40)||Pen: Mills (13)|
Play Off Final
Total votes 188
Ponty ar ben eu digon - pencampwyr dwbwl Cymru. Pwy oedd yn serennu yn y gem fawr yn erbyn Llanelli? Ponty on top of the world - double champions of Welsh rugby. Who starred in the big win over Llanelli?