Swansea struck right from the kick off, launching an effective passing move to put winger Jordan Scudamore in for an overlap try, the score converted by fly half James Dixon. Capitalising on their opponents’ errors Swansea again made headway past some indifferent tackling, wing Eli Walker arcing in for a try which Dixon converted.
Imposing their forward power in scrum and loose Ponty finally got a foothold in the game, but any errors seized upon by the pacey Swansea backs. A midfield break by centre Adam Thomas gave Ponty some much needed momentum but their play still blighted by handling errors and struggling to compete. Striving hard to move up a gear Ponty continued to attack, the ball moved out wide for winger Lewis I Williams to pirouette over for a try, converted by his namesake Lewis K Williams.
The visitors were now seeing more of the ball and putting together some phases of attack, with outside half Williams kicking well for territory. As Swansea strove to counter from a turnover, Ponty centre Adam Thomas intercepted just on halfway and cruised in for a try.
Swansea responded by maintaining a field position to test their opponents’ defence, centre Stefan Watermeyer bursting through a couple of weak tackles to cross for a try which Dixon converted. Ponty were still sitting back in their own half, soaking up pressure, before launching a late counter which however came to nothing, going into the break trailing by 21pts to 12.
Pontypridd got the second half scoring underway, fly half Williams launching a long range penalty between the posts. A dynamic attack into the home twenty-two kept up Ponty’s momentum, the ball then moved wide for full back Harley Thomson to squeeze in for a try in the corner, narrowing their deficit to one point with forty-six minutes gone.
Ponty were strong in the scrum, just edging a competitive contest but with the home back-line always a menace on the counter attack. A driving maul took Swansea into the visitors’ twenty-two, concerted pressure culminating in a penalty kicked by James Dixon from in front of the posts.
A tense final quarter was in the offing with the game close fought and finely balanced. Ponty drove hard into the home half, a series of charges rounded off as replacement centre Gary Williams burrowed over for a try, putting his side into the lead for the first time, by a point. A Dan Godfrey charge kept Ponty on the front foot in what was by now an uncompromising battle for supremacy.
A surge down the flank spearheaded by Matthew Nuthall again gave Ponty impetus upfield, ploughing into the home twenty-two as the game entered a period of injury time. A series of attacking scrums were dominated by Ponty, who were ultimately awarded a penalty try, converted by Lewis K Williams. A late Swansea repost came to nothing, Pontypridd emerging from a competitive contest as bonus point winners by 24pts to 32.
15.Harley Thomson (Gareth Wyatt). 14.Lewis I Williams. 13.Adam Thomas (Gary Williams). 12.Dafydd Lockyer. 11.Matthew Nuthall. 10.Lewis K Williams. 9.Lewis Jones (Rhys Downes).
1.Stuart Williams (Ryan Harford). 2.Darran Harris (Huw Dowden). 3.Pat Palmer. 4.Cory Hill. 5.Chris Dicomidis – cpt. 6.Jake Thomas (Craig Locke). 7.Wayne O’Connor. 8.Dan Godfrey.
|Swansea: (21) 24||Pontypridd: (12) 32|
|Tries: Scudamore (1); Walker (4); Watermeyer (36)||Tries: L.I. Williams (23); A. Thomas (28); Thomson (46); G. Williams (64); Penalty Try (80+2)|
|Cons: Dixon (1, 4, 36)||Cons: L.K. Williams (23, 80+2)|
|Pen: Dixon (58)||Pen: L.K. Williams (42)|