Ponty were full of attacking intent from the kick off, a series of forward drives taking them deep into opposition territory with scrum half Lewis Jones going close to scoring.
The game was competitive, living up to all expectations as a league title decider, although often held up by the referee’s whistle. Ponty triggered another wide attack with winger Matthew Nuthall going for the corner but stopped short.
Playing through many phases and working off a solid forward platform Ponty put together a sweeping offensive to keep up the pressure as the first quarter drew to a close. That sustained pressure eventually told as centre Dafydd Lockyer burst through for a deserved try, the score converted by Lewis Williams.
Llandovery responded with a concerted phase of attack but were held at bay by a committed Ponty defence. The game was low scoring but a full on hard edged encounter, with Ponty well worthy of their interval lead of 7pts to 0.
The Drovers came out for the second half in competitive mood, driving up to the home line, but unable to break down a stonewall Ponty defence. A charge by no8 Dan Godfrey turned that defence into attack, giving Ponty fly half Lewis Williams the opportunity to hoist over a penalty.
The game continued to be played with intensity, Llandovery again advancing but rebuffed by the aggressive Ponty cover defence. Competing for every morsel of possession, Ponty took the game back to their opponents, who had lock Shaun Jones yellow carded for infringing.
A well judged cross kick from Lewis Williams almost produced a score for wing Chris Clayton as the home team continued to press forward. A series of drives by the Ponty pack took them deep into their opponents’ twenty-two, pressure once more turned into points as Williams put over a penalty in front of the posts.
Going into the final quarter, Pontypridd were dominant, pinning Llandovery back in their own half, and launching a sweet passing move for full back Gareth Wyatt to cruise in for a try which Williams converted.
Despite having flanker Jake Thomas sent to the sin bin it was Ponty who held the upper hand through their sheer aggression in defence and attack, holding out for a fully deserved victory from a competitive encounter, by 20pts to 0.
15.Gareth Wyatt. 14.Chris Clayton. 13.Dafydd Lockyer (Gavin Dacey). 12.Gary Williams. 11.Matthew Nuthall. 10.Lewis K Williams. 9.Lewis Jones (Rhys Downes).
1.Stuart Williams (Ryan Harford). 2.Huw Dowden. 3.Pat Palmer. 4.Craig Locke (Cory Hill). 5.Ryan Savage. 6.Chris Dicomidis – cpt (Jake Thomas). 7.Wayne O’Connor. 8.Dan Godfrey.
“Golden Bob” man of the match: Gary Williams
|Pontypridd: (7) 20||Llandovery: (0) 0|
|Tries: Lockyer (23); Wyatt (66)||Tries:|
|Cons: L.K. Williams (23,66)||Cons:|
|Pens: L.K Williams (46,63)||Pens:|