Pontypridd ran in eight tries to secure an emphatic 46pts to 7 win over Llantrisant in a hastily arranged friendly match at Sardis Road.
A game which had been conjured up out of nothing following the late postponement of the Pontypridd v Tonmawr SWALEC Cup tie provided plenty of entertainment for the sizeable crowd that turned up.
Ponty set out their stall early on, defying the heavy conditions to spread the ball wide and sending winger Matthew Nuthall over for a try in the third minute. There was more of the same as the home team played through numerous attacking phases to create an opening for opposite wing Lewis I Williams to dart over for a try, converted by his namesake outside half Lewis K Williams.
Even though Llantrisant fought back into contention, Ponty continued to hold the upper hand, the effective distribution of half backs Jones and Williams creating an overlap of which lock Jordan Sieniawski took advantage to cross for a try. Straight from the restart Ponty struck again, Matthew Nuthall setting off on a weaving run to the line to notch up his side’s fourth touchdown.
Llantrisant enjoyed a period of pressure and were able to send centre Chris Sharkey over for a try which Jonathan Williams converted, posting an interval score-line of 22pts to 7.
Early second half pressure by Ponty was immediately converted into points as flanker Dan Godfrey powered over for a try. With numerous changes in personnel made by both teams the game lost some of its momentum but still provided plenty of entertainment.
Going into the final quarter it was a short range drive by the home pack that enabled a score for hooker Huw Dowden, the try converted by Lewis K Williams.
Ponty were enjoying a considerable share of possession and always eager to up the tempo of the game with some fine handling skills in the mud. Following a breakaway attack winger Matthew Nuthall went over for his hat-trick, with Williams again adding the conversion. The eighth and final score for the home team came from an opportunist chip and chase which wing Lewis I Williams rounded off to touch down and tally up a 46pts to 7 advantage in Ponty’s favour.
15.Harley Thomson (Gavin Dacey). 14.Lewis I Williams. 13.Adam Thomas. 12.Gary Williams. 11.Matthew Nuthall. 10.Lewis K Williams. 9.Lewis Jones (Andrew Jenkins).
1.Stuart Williams. 2.Huw Dowden (Tom Hetherington). 3.Chris Phillips (Ken Knaggs). 4.Jordan Sieniawski. 5.Ryan Savage (Chris Dicomidis). 6.Dan Godfrey (Jake Thomas). 7.Calum Thomas (Wayne O’Connor). 8.Owen Sheppeard.
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