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  • The Sig

    dunhukin Best man on Mosley team last week, scored a try against Leeds today. Best of luck to him, never gave less than his best when he played for Ponty

  • Newport v Pontypridd

    Ponty Dog Newport v Pontypridd

  • Todays results

    Gareth Harris
    Bridge 19 quins 32
    Cardiff 27 Llanelli 15
    Keys 25 Bedwas 23
    Llandovery 13 Avon 10
    Neath 18 Ebbw 29

    • Gareth Harris Sorry, should read Keys 25 - Bedwas 29. Bit of a shock that.

  • Dragons v Glasgow

    winsky01 As we've got a free Saturday afternoon I thought I'd watch this match. The Dragons really are a rubbish rubbish side. It's about time the WRU gave the regions say three or five year licences. I can understand there's only enough funding for four pro welsh sides but I think if a team continually under performs season after season after season like the Dragons do, why not revoke their 'pro-licence' and let another area have a go at pro rugby? Completely outplayed at home against 14 men for big part of the match, no ideas, no hope. The Men of Gwent should just turn it in.

    • Blotto It was bad and Lyn Jones moaning about funding again, I forgot they were playing the billionaires of word rugby - Glasgow. If you have lots of money or not and your professional then you strength and fitness should be equal to that of other teams. Dragons could not cross the gain line, had no ideas and were in general an embarrassment

      • winsky01 Agree the regions moaning about funding they need to put a different record on. If they put as much effort into trying to generate their own income as they do whinging that it should be just handed to them they would be cash rich.

    • Stone Fortunate to not have seen it but I'm guessing this report isn't far off.

      • winsky01 Not far off. The one thing that bugs me is when the regions whinge when they've got a few injuries. Surely that's the point of regional rugby? Looking for the next star in Gwent? Nope even though they've got four teams in the prem and Pontypool feeding them they have to go to the ospreys for players. Perhaps this proves rugby in Gwent just isn't sustainable...

    • vivrePont The decision to red card the Glasgow player was atrocious, especially as the ref didn't have access to the to tv reply. Agree Winsk, Dragons woeful!

      • ComeonthePont! Just watched the recording. Dragons poor with the usual noisy support.
        Rhys Thomas should have had a yellow at the rec card incident and Faletau should have had yellow earlier for a late challenge on Matawalu with a penalty try also likely.
        Glasgow are not exactly full of stellar names themselves and Scottish Rugby is hardly in rude health.
        Gwent Rugby has been a real weakness throughout the Pro era.
        COTP

    • lenny Good win for ebbw away to neath. No one will look forward to playing them. Should be a cracker when they play the pont....

      • ComeonthePont! Well done Ebbw.
        Yes they have the bit between their teeth with I suspe4ct the same 'us against the World' mentality we have in Ponty.
        Roll on when we meet.
        COTP

  • Playoff opinions

    JackC http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/29094238
    Welcome to our world Mr Griffiths, at least you don't have to play off to enter your cup competions.

    • winsky01 I can see why play-offs exist at pro level because teams like Leicester or Leinster in their respective leagues have to content playing large parts of the season without 10 or 12 of their first line international players. Why we have them at our level is ridiculous, the teams in the prem are disturbed too much throughout the season. Regarding the farcical BIC playoffs my opinion has always been if we have to have them they should be played the actual season the league finishes whether that means extending the season who knows. Having them the following season like we do opens the system to abuse I.e. Cardiff could finish 10 places below us, recruit a load of players and beat us - a seasons hard work down the toilet potentially.

      • winsky01 *contend
        *aren't disturbed too much

        Sorry.

        • pj_becks Shame Saracens voted for them in the first place then along with the other clubs apart from Leicester. I can't see the playoff system ending anytime soon which is a shame as league leaders deserve the title and the BIC spots going to the WP's top 4!

          • ComeonthePont! Don't put forward the correct solution..............that is not the way things work as you know.
            It is all about how can we contrive to make the Season end a bit more spicy and earn some more cash.
            As for Winskys comment on the BIC play off in the next Season the again you are totally correct Winsk, but as I say being correct doesn't always mean it is what happens.
            Why it is played in the next Season if we have to have playoffs is beyind me.
            But I am just me, not a BigWig!
            Me :)

  • Prediction League after Game 3

    Hoppy I couldn't make it last night. But it seems that we didn't come out of the changing rooms at half time allowing Newport to come back to 17-12. But again we didn't allow a team to score a try while under pressure. That's great commitment and organisation. Well done guys.
    With a few playing jokers points gained were aplenty. And it was Hoppy who leapt back to the top of the table. Biscuitboy made the most of the joker with 26 points and with Blotto and Brooce getting 18 points the latter without the use of the bonus. We are still missing a few players from last season, and we have five places available. Lots of time to catch up if you want to get involved. Next up is Bridgend at home. Can't wait. Please check the results you know what happened last week. I got the five pointers included this time but I may have missed a score.
    HOLD THE LINE

    • Robert Adonis I never felt we were really under pressure - although you could say that there was a little scoreboard pressure when they pulled it back to 12-17. However that was because we gave some silly pens away - one of which was kicked from near the half way line.
      We had a bit of a dip when the replacements were made - but then the boys seemed to pick up the pace again and then won very comfortably in the end.
      Many tougher tests to come no doubt !!!

    • ComeonthePont! Thanks Hoppy
      Wasn't meant to be a joker from me.........honest!
      In a rush I simply pasted my prediction onto another entry in the thread and didn't pan over to the far right, not realising it was a joker entry!
      Still that's just tough so I'll accept it!
      COTP

      • Blotto I had a good feeling about last night. Cracking win and I rocketed up the table. Look oyt hoppy blottos heading for the top

        • Pontydragon I think you shorted me Hoppy...had halftime score on the nose for both

  • score

    the mole 7 nil up after 5mins, L. williams try, Humbers converts. (Flashscore.com up to date scores)

    • the mole 7-3

      • lenny 17 pts to 3 to ponty half time.

      • the mole 17-3 on 37 mins. Looks like it's going to be a good night!

        • pontyboysdad 12 - 17. 65mins

        • Gareth Harris 17-9 59 mins. Come on Ponty!

          • Gareth Harris 17-12 Oh my God!

            • Gareth Harris 20-12 66 mins

              • Gareth Harris 25-12 phew!

                • Gareth Harris 32-12 final minute. Bonus point in the bag.

                  • Gareth Harris 34-12 FS

                    • Nightmare XV Well done Ponty, had me worried for a while there!! Got to be our first win at RP for a couple of seasons.

                      • pj_becks Great start, first win there since Oct 2010.

                        • Hoppy who scored the final try??? Great to get 4 tries but seemed to be sleeping in the third quarter.

                          • pj_becks Sheppard

                          • Gareth Harris Sheppy scored last try. Good report South Wales Argus website

                            • H griffiths What an adventure last Night bus broke down, still saw all the game,Humberstone for me man of the match, controlled the game, seems to be getting better every game, but everyone of them SUPERB

                              • ComeonthePont! Wasn't there but RP is not a happy hunting ground for us.
                                Se well done boys, a bonus point win down there with a much changed team makes a statement of intent.
                                They can do no more.
                                COTP

  • Predictions for Game 3 Newport Away

    Hoppy Got to get in early as I'm in Wrexham tomorrow and will miss the game. No idea what the team is but I know we will have a strong one. I just hope we play more than the 15mins we played there last year. HOLD THE LINE

  • Newport team

    chris kingsbury G O'Driscoll, A Hewitt, N Edwards, D Franchi, J Morris, M O'Brien, A Quick, D Pattison, Andrew Brown, A Jeffries, Adam Brown, A Frampton, R Jenkins, O Griffiths (capt), B Lampitt.
    Reps : D Rogers, L Jenkins, C Davies, D Partridge, S Feehan, O Broad, J Lewis, J Murphy

    • H griffiths I do not know the rules regarding the B.I.C. DO CERTAIN PLAYERS HAVE TO HAVE BEEN IN THE CLUB SQUADS, FOR A MINIMUM NUMBER OF GAMES DURING THE SEASON? Tonight no penalties O'Driscoll hell of a boot, and Hewitt very quick, but I fancy a result tonight can't wait.

    • H griffiths I do not know the rules regarding the B.I.C. DO CERTAIN PLAYERS HAVE TO HAVE BEEN IN THE CLUB SQUADS, FOR A MINIMUM NUMBER OF GAMES DURING THE SEASON? Tonight no penalties O'Driscoll hell of a boot, and Hewitt very quick, but I fancy a result tonight can't wait.

    • Stone The Pontypridd team selected to face Newport is as follows:

      15.Aled Summerhill. 14.Lewis I Williams. 13.Gavin Dacey. 12.Dafydd Lockyer - cpt. 11.Matthew Nuthall. 10.Simon Humberstone. 9.Lloyd Williams.

      1.James Howe. 2.Liam Belcher. 3.Bradley Thyer. 4.Alex Jones. 5.Chris Dicomidis - cpt. 6.Wayne O'Connor. 7.Rhys Shellard. 8.Dan Godfrey.

      Subs: 16.Tomos Williams. 17.Lewis K Williams. 18.Chris Clayton. 19.Kristian Dacey. 20.Owen Sheppeard. 21.Craig Locke. 22.Chris Phillips.

  • Weekend

    Gareth Harris I see Geriant Walsh named on the bench for the Bloos this weekend.

    • lenny And Adam on the bench. But no Chris dicomidis. So may play at Newport.

  • Referee Owens

    dunhukin Just seen that Mr Owens has successfully appealed against points on his license. Stated had long term medical problem which meant he had to get to a toilet to take his medication. He was caught speeding on the M4, on his way to referee a match in Ponty on 26th. December 2013. Who was the opposition, and what was the refereeing like?

    • Robert Adonis It was Cardiff RFC and we won so he obviously reff'd a blinder :o)

    • ComeonthePont! With all my problems I am ok then!

  • Lee Evans

    paul spencer Heard today that duck has been banned for two years.any truth in this or not

    • robertrees dai Langdon told me he had quit ''sort of'' only a few hrs ago so make wot u can of it

      • Phill The Bull I'd wait to see if anything comes from the man himself - speculation is the worst form of gossip...

        • Neil S What on earth for?

          • Phill The Bull Exactly - Until something comes out from the player himself or the Club, I suggest this thread is removed

            • winsky01 Nothing derogatory has been said about an individual though.

              • Phill The Bull "Heard today that duck has been banned for two years"
                Why even mention it without any solid evidence?

                • winsky01 I hope it's not true but unfortunately with forums people tend to post the odd rumour now and again.

          • Phill The Bull Exactly - Until something comes out from the player himself or the Club, I suggest this thread is removed

            • biscuitboy Can't agree Phill... a rumor is a rumor its not defamatory so shouldn't be removed

  • Lets see

    Daiponty1 Whilst watching the bloos get stuffed by Glasgow today - (deservedly so by the way) the only chant you hear from the crowd is Kardiff, Kardiff, Kardiff - which demonstrates like us Ponty fans that they themselves do not believe in the regional concept - but lets see if they get slated as much as the Ponty faithful do when singing 'we will never be a bolo' - I doubt if it will even get reported! - so all that extra money, a fantastic surface, foreign imports and they still get stuffed by a TEAM and thats the bit they just don't get - its about the TEAM

    • Robert Adonis They ARE called THE CARDIFF BLUES after all - and unlike some of the other regions have kept the geographical reference - so you wouldn't expect anything else really !!!
      You should have watched the footy on Sky. :o)

    • vivrePont If the Scots had played with their two decent half backs in the first 40 mins, they would have been slaughtered. Enjoyable anyway!

    • Daiponty1 obviously should say 'bolo' not 'bolo' - not much difference though!!

      • Daiponty1 Bloo!!!

  • Prediction League

    Hoppy A game of mixed feelings. Always in control but never looked to kill the game off. Perhaps too early in the season to worry about missed opportunities, we did get the five points that was on offer. Lots of changes but that keeps the squad interested and even fresh.
    On to the Predictions. Now don’t get me wrong I like Rhys Shellard, he lives not far from me, his dad and uncle worked in the pit with my dad, he’s a great sevens player and wonderful seven. BUT BUT BUT why did he have to score that last bloody try !!!!! Before that I had the correct number of tries, Ponty tries and final try scorer. He lost me 10 points. If I had played my joker……. I tell you what he would be playing for Cardiff next week. I would have used all my power in the club to get him out. (no chance then)
    Well done to Nightmare getting 19 points and Fitzgerald getting to top spot. Early days but the tension is already building. There are five places left if you want to join in the fun.
    HOLD THE LINE

    • Stone Hi Hoppy. I think I had Dan G as 1st try scorer but not awarded. Might need those points in the basement battle towards the end of the season. (I could be wrong)

      • Hoppy Hi Stone. You are correct. Sorry about that. I'll update the predictions and table later. Can I ask everyone to check their predictions so that I can update the predictions and table accordingly. Thanks.

        • Stone Good to hear. Gutted I couldn't make the game. Same again next week!

          • Neal Hammond Hi Hoppy. I thought it was 5 points for tries scored and 5 points for Ponty tries scored. Have I got it wrong?

            • Hoppy Oh HELL Bells. I don't even know my own rules.... Neal you are spot on I'm using last seasons scores. So I'll update the predictions for last week and this week and come back to you. Thanks for spotting that. Cheers HTL

  • Pontypridd v Neath 13/09/2014

    Ponty Dog Pontypridd v Neath 13/09/2014

  • Neath Game

    Sam Not really sure what to make of todays game. We played well in parts, particularly the rolling maul, however I thought we sometimes forced the issue a bit making quite a few handling errors, which sometimes would put ourselves under pressure. Don't get me wrong a fantastic result, with the 5 points, but plenty to work on before the BIC kicks off. Hopefully our Neath friends on here can clarify, was that Neath's best team? Their squad lists the following who were not involved - Aaron Bramwell, Nicky Eaves, Lee Evans, Dai Langdon and Lee Beach, I would have expected some of these to be in the 23 surely?

    • ComeonthePont! Duck and Langdon injured
      Not sure about the others
      Patchy today, low key at times.
      we have to go up a few notches with tougher opponents.
      Still a good win without hitting top gear.
      Lineout still not convincing.
      COTP

      • H griffiths Good result poor performance must sort the lineout problems out, concerned about the influence that lot down the road appear to have on our selection, when we have to play a forth choice B---S hooker, nothing against the boy, still you can only play what's in front of you.

        • Sam It seems the Blues want both their back up hookers playing in the prem rather than nothing which is logical. Personally Rhys Williams is more of a natural fit for us than Marc Breeze. As Rhys is a local lad and product of our mini/juniors and senior teams. Nothing against Marc Breeze though, he plays where he is told too, and he didn't let anyone down when he came on.

          • Richard Evans Being an Aberavon boy, he probably enjoyed the victory over Neath....

        • Prince Dafydd Whilst the performance may not have been perfect, I don't think we should complain too much about a six try thumping of Neath. Many of our mistakes arose from our ambition and willingness to try and keep the ball alive at all costs. We could have kept it tight and made far fewer mistakes but it would make for much less interesting viewing. On the few occasions when we did keep it tight, our forwards looked unstoppable - albeit we were playing against a rather weak Neath pack. Disappointingly, the match lacked atmosphere and the attendance seemed rather on the low side. I hope people aren't becoming complacent/bored of constant success.

        • Prince Dafydd Whilst the performance may not have been perfect, I don't think we should complain too much about a six try thumping of Neath. Many of our mistakes arose from our ambition and willingness to try and keep the ball alive at all costs. We could have kept it tight and made far fewer mistakes but it would make for much less interesting viewing. On the few occasions when we did keep it tight, our forwards looked unstoppable - albeit we were playing against a rather weak Neath pack. Disappointingly, the match lacked atmosphere and the attendance seemed rather on the low side. I hope people aren't becoming complacent/bored of constant success.

          • Sam Agree about the crowd. I think with two home games to start us off, some people may have chose the Cardiff game over this one. BIC has more at stake and the obvious draw of Cardiff always adds more atmosphere. Unfortunately Neath are not the force they once were too.

            • Mogsy The most disappointing thing for me yesterday, was that scoreline flattered Neath. We should have really turned the screw on them yesterday, some of their players were blowing out of their rear ends after 25 minutes. We weren't ruthless or clinical enough and it should have been a 60 pointer yesterday. If the shoe was on the other foot, they would have taken great delight in rubbing it in. That was the poorest Neath side I think we have ever played also confirmed by two Neath supporters I was talking to.
              Lineout continues to be a problem, but I suppose that making ten changes is bound to affect consistency. I also thought the crowd was on the low side, but most of the clubs in our division would still love to have the numbers we had yesterday. Maybe it's a sign that Neath are not the draw that they once were, which is sad really because we need as many strong teams as possible otherwise I fear the WRU will cut it down to ten sides.

              • peter jones Agree with most of what's been said,Neath were poor but I thought we lacked killer instinct and butchered too many opportunities, main area of concern is lineout and in this case I think "practise makes perfect" too many changes disrupts what is a coordinated part of the game ,thrower ,lifter jumper.We need our best 8 against Newport and a solid 2 sessions of line out practise

                • Sam 100% right! As a former hooker, you would often take the flack when the lineout starts going pear shaped. However if any part of the throw, lift, jump or catch isn't spot on, it is unlikely to function properly. The pack needs some consistent selection and more game time. Seb Davies is a decent prospect though, and has plenty of height which is a bonus.

              • Neil S In all honesty I dont think the WPL is a draw for anyone

                • Mogsy It's not just the WPL Neil, just 7000 watching the Dragons v's Ospreys, let's be honest they should be attracting double that figure.
                  I still maintain though that we see more attractive rugby in one half of rugby in some games than you do in an entire regional game. Not all games, but on the whole I think the WPL is more attractive than the dirge that the regions serve up. Unless off course you listen to scumv where everything is wonderful.

                  • H griffiths Scrumv is a perfect example, of what is wrong with OUR GAME, old mates patting one another on the back, last week for example we had J Davies more interested in his trip to Boston, than the Rugby that preceeded his comments. And by the way before anyone comments, I endorse any charity fund raising, but we have to accept that the wpl, does not exist as far as SCRUMV, IS CONCERNED. How long before another war breaks out between the favoured clubs and the WRUIN. DON'T FORGET WE HAVE A TOUGH ONE FRIDAY NIGHT, FILL THE BUS UP AND GET THERE ANY WAY YOU CAN, GET TO DAVE PARADE!

                    • saethennin I suspect that our squad as it stands is too big, with over forty players now listed. Some of the Academy youngsters will struggle to get a game and will have to turn out for lower clubs if they want game time. I'd hate to think that good club stalwarts like Clayton, Lewis I Williams and Hetherington go for weeks without a game for us. Anyway, back to the Neath game: the one huge positive for me (from a generally very sound display) was the form of Dillon Lewis. He dominated in the scrum (against two props - Gareth Thomas and Aaron Coundley who were considered regional players in the making at the Scarlets and the Dragons) and he was a thundering presence in the loose. He's a great addition to our front row resources.

                      • Prince Dafydd Couldn't agree more regarding Dillon Lewis. Thought he showed real potential when he came on against London Welsh. Yetserday's display confirmed my initial impression. You're probably right about the size of our squad too, although I'd rather have a squad which is too big than one which is too small.

                        • Mogsy Yes, I'll agree with that. In fact Dillon was my man of the match yesterday.

                          • H griffiths We want to be carefull as a to big a squad, will affect team spirit, just my opinion.

    • Sam BTW here are the other results
      Aberavon 18- 33 Cross Keys
      Cardiff 52- 27 Bridgend
      Carmarthen 44- 10 Newport
      Ebbw Vale 30-29 Llandovery

      • Graham Interesting Ebbw beating Llandovery, great result for them.

        • ComeonthePont! Well done Ebbw-sounds a humdinger.
          Noone will relish going to EXP.

          • robertrees I hope so anyway ,also good result for ponty(cant wait for ponty v ebbw an I the boys cant either) hoping for a good game for us v neath to get nother 5 pnts

  • Neath Team

    lenny 1. Gareth Thomas



    2. Sion Crocker



    3. Marc Jones



    4. Jon Barley



    5. Adam Williams



    6. Alex Humfrey



    7. Jordan Collier



    8. Leon Ward



    9. Tom James (C)



    10. James Thomas



    11. Ashley Evans



    12. Lloyd Evans



    13. Ryan Evans



    14. Dafydd Howells



    15. Alec Jenkins

  • WRU article

    Neil S Spot the error.."Paul John may retain the title of head coach, but by his own admission his hands will be full for most of the season as the backs coach at Cardiff Blues. That means the coaching reins will be held by Geraint Lewis and Gareth Wyatt, two players who won international honours from the club and who, like John and Dale McIntosh before them, bleed blue and black when they are cut" . Is that "error" deliberate? Someone let the know!

    • william johnson well said neil,my sentiments exactly.it aint right if they don't bleed black and white.
      Cmon the black and whites we can win tomorrow.

      • Stone Looks like something else we can blame the wru for then?

  • Team Announcements

    dunhukin Are Thursday posts no longer viable?

    • Paul Gage its on the homepage

      • lenny Ellis and Marc Breeze from the blues? Thought they would play in bic games not league matches. New front row as well, come on ponty........

        • chris davies Starting to get a heavy blues influence already??

          • peter jones My thought exactly, with new coaches I would have thought team continuity would be priority to establish patterns ,there already appears to be a Blues influence coming into selection ,what identity has Marc Breeze with Ponty ?Why so many changes so soon

            • H griffiths Concerned the selection seems strange, the second row? Webber is he injured, and also I thought Alex Jones had a good game, no disrespect to Jordan who always gives100% +.Will be hard, agree about the influence, from down the road,sorry but I have no time for them, ONLY THE PONT.

              • winsky01 Agree Alex Jones was excellent last week but he had a few injury problems at Bridgend last season so perhaps the coaches are managing him and don't want to flog him too much too soon? I thought Jordan showed so much improvement and was superb last season when he played for us.

            • Neil S Breeze is only on the bench; it probably is the Blues wanting him to get some game time but I suppose it is a case of helping them as they help Ponty with players so much. As for the other changes after the resounding win against Cardiff, this is a policy that has worked over the past few years to allow Ponty to challenege on the three fronts. First league game in is way too early to question what has been a successful policy.

  • Pontypridd vs Neath - Saturday Prediction

    Phill The Bull Hi guys!!
    Happy new Season everyone!
    I forsee a better Season for my Blacks - But not a win this Saturday!
    Ponty 36 - 12 Neath (HT 20-6) - Ponty Tries 5 - Total Tries 5 - Ponty Pens 1 - First Try Nuthall - Last Try Adam Thomas - Yellows 3 - GB Adam Thomas
    P.S. Hoppy sorry if this is a bit of a Mess! If Nuthall / Adam Thomas aren't playing please use players in their respective positions!

    • Hoppy Welcome back Phill. Have a good season, but not that good!!!

    • Stone Hi Hoppy, attached are my predictions for both the Neath (Home) and Newport (Away) games. Not going to be able to make either and unlikely to get my Newport prediction in before the game unless I submitt it today :(

  • website glitches

    ComeonthePont! I have recently failed to get the site on many occasions on various devices.
    Cannot find server or some such message.
    Anyone else having similar problems?
    Thanks
    COTP

    • the mole Building work going on!

      • Stone If that's the case I hope they tidy up this forum format.

  • Owen Jenkins

    ComeonthePont! Anyone have any news on Owen Jenkins injury?
    I dozed off watching Zebre/Blus (tend to do this during Blues games) and I missed the time when he went off injured.
    COTP

  • Facebook page

    Gareth Harris
    The Cardiff RFC facebook page 'The Blue & Blacks, Cardiff RFC' has some interesting reading after last Saturday's game.

    • winsky01 Most of the comments pretty accurate in fairness to them. We don't hear much anymore and have to put up with their pathetic trolling on here as we used to in years gone by. They haven't done last few years which has coincided with our sustained period of success, funny that.

      • Pontyboyo Yeah I thought they were being fair in their assessment too winsk. There was a good atmosphere on Sat but there must have been about 10 Cardiff fans there. A shame as it's always great having a good crowd from both sides.

        • vivrePont Yeah but if they've only got 10 what can you do?

          • Pat Vellian ponty should consider providing free transport for away fans to Sardis Road. im sure the cost of admission plus any bar takings would at least cover the cost of a coach.

            • winsky01 I can't imagine that would be very popular with clubs, would probably come across a bit patronising.

  • BIC fixtures

    Chief cant wait to see our BIC fixtures, when will they be out?

    • chris kingsbury The club are confirming dates and KO times with the other clubs and will be posted soon

      • chris kingsbury I am sorting out trips to all 3 venues
        Connacht weekend 18/19 October - 2 night stay
        Bristol Weekend 28/29 November - if required an over night stay
        London Scottish weekend 18/19/20 December an overnight stay

        If interested in the overnight stays please contact me 07863 160130

        There will also be day return trips to London Scottish and Bristol please contact Phil Lycett 01443 662561

        We cannot confirm prices as yet but if interested please contact the above

        Best regards

        Chris

        • chris kingsbury sorry london scottish 13/14 december

  • Cardiff Starting Line Up

    peter jones Can someone confirm Cardiff team and subs that actually started ...as the Match report team on the Cardiff website bears no resemblance to the one in the Programme or was announced pre the game ,this is the side reported on the Cardiff web site


    1 Lewis Smout
    2 Ethan Lewis
    3 Ryan Harford
    4 Macauley Cook
    5 James Goode
    6 Alwyn Lee
    7 Thomas Young
    8 Ben Roach
    9 Garyn Lucas
    10 Dean Gunter
    11 Shaun Powell C
    12 Richard Smith
    13 Cory Allen
    14 Jack Phillips
    15 Jamie Davies


    Replacements

    16 Jake Cooper-Woolley
    17 Callum Lewis Substitution
    18 Nathan Trevett Substitution
    19 Dan Partridge
    20 Nick White Substitution
    21 Sion Hopkins
    22 Adam Williams
    23 Adam Field

    • D Davies Correct team is now listed on the website as is an extremely short match report that tells it as it was with no complaints.

    • celticponty think that team is wrong, cory allen and macauley cook played for the blues today, harford is at aberavon now, and thomas young at wasps i think

      • winsky01 Yep and Tavis Knoyle started at 9 and the Blues new signing from Bristol Watkins was on the wing for them.

        • Chief that winger the one who thought he was playing touch rugby ? :)

        • saethennin That looks like a team sheet from 2 seasons back for Cardiff. Half those players have left the club over the last eighteen months.

          • ComeonthePont! my thought too

            • Kevin Fitzgerald 15 Mike Stephens
              14 George Watkins
              13 Shaun Powell
              12 Jack Phillips
              11 Ceri Young
              10 Dean Gunter
              9 Tavis Knoyle
              1 Lewis Smout
              2 Ethan Lewis
              3 Bruce Douglas
              4 Miles Normandale
              5 James Goode
              6 Ben Roach (Capt)
              7 Rory Watts-Jones
              8 Ieuan Jones
              16 Callum Lewis
              17 Joe Jones
              18 Rhys Williams
              19 Nick White
              20 Matthew Marley
              20 Tom Slater
              22 James Whittingham
              23 Ellis Wyn Benham

  • London welsh

    paul spencer Lost their first premiership match 52-0 against exeter

  • Connacht Eagles v Ponty

    Meludara Here are details of the Round 1 game of the B & I Cup I obtained from Connacht Rugby back in August.

    From: Eoin Hegarty (eoin@cbirfu.com) [Administration and Ticketing Executive, Connacht Rugby]
    Sent: 18 August 2014 11:38:33

    "I got confirmation of the fixture today, so apologies for the delay in getting back to you."

    Date: Sunday 19th October Comp: B & I Cup Fixture: Eagles v Wales 2 KO: 14:30 Venue: The Sportsground

    Kind Regards,
    EOIN HEGARTY
    Connacht Rugby, The Sportsground, College Road, Galway
    +353 (0)91 561568

    Whether these fixture details still stand, who knows!!!


    Sun 19th Oct

    B&I Cup

    Eagles v Wales 2

    14:30

    The Sportsground


  • Prediction League Results

    Hoppy How defence can win games. When a team wins 40 points to 12 how can anyone say it was the defence that won the game. Well if you were at Sardis yesterday afternoon you would have seen just that scenario. Down to 14 men with 30 mins to play and down to 13 for ten mins of that period it wasn't the attacking potential that saw Ponty through to the BIC stages it was the great spirit, organisation and determination that kept Cardiff away from our line. Cardiff were inept in attack. They had the possession and position but not the know how. Well done Ponty, it was closer than the score line suggests but you cannot argue that Ponty were by far the better team on the day.
    With the Prediction League first round who made the early running. You will see that Hoppy (youre truly) got a great start with 24 points. So I'm not doing the Prediction League again this season. I'm quitting when in front. SO the 2014-2015 Prediction League champion is Hoppy. Well done mate. :) Some regulars are missing so I hope they come back next week. Welcome to Stone, Polish Wonder and Wevin. See you all next Friday.
    HOLD THE LINE

  • Cardiff game

    Prince Dafydd A generally dominant performance from the whole team and a very comfortable victory against oppostion that on paper, looked quite strong. A mis-functioning line-out and ill discipline let us down at times and provided Cardiff with plenty of possession; thankfully, they hadn't a clue how to use it effectively. Shame that we couldn't have enjoyed more of the ball ourselves - it would have been great to see the likes of Webber and Walsh really cut loose.

    The organisation of the half-time choir performance was a shambolic farce. Very disappointing for all concerned.

    • peter jones Not surprised our line out misfunctioned at times, given the time that we had seven players or even six players at one stage in the line out ,they must have been blowing out of their backsides and all of these factors must have had a huge effect on organisation,and with Belch just returned from U18s getting used to new formation and calls . I'm sure it will get better ,I tend to take the positives from the line out,in both defence and attack ,ie we scored 2 tries from our driving line out and they couldn't cross our line when we they had at least 8 attempts at driving back our 6 or 7 forwards ,I thought magnificient performance all round of team spirit and never say die attitude ,Hopefully Tubs will get away lightly when his case comes up before the WRU Beak !

    • Gareth Harris I thought they were a deaf and dumb choir!

    • Gareth Harris I thought they were a deaf and dumb choir!

    • Gareth Harris I thought they were a deaf and dumb choir!

    • Gareth Harris I thought they were a deaf and dumb choir!

      • Gareth Harris Sorry about that. Fantastic dislay by Ponty by the way.

        • ComeonthePont! Great display.
          Won on character and resolve.
          Cardiff as expected posed more of a threat up front than behind.
          They had a decent scrum and lineout but if we had had more ball I think we would have scored even more tries.
          The guts shown when 13 men was t5errfic and Cardiff didn't score in that last 30 minutes!
          I thought Alex Jones was excellent as of course was Tubbs apart perhaps from some discipline stuff which could have cost us.
          Smurf was unbelievable again and Humberstone showed what a great game Manager he is.
          Thanks boys...just great
          As for the Choir well it was an idea but poorly organised.
          Surely we could get Cor Meibion Ponty down for some games?
          Well done to all concerned withy the Rugby though and roll on the BIC!
          COTP

          • mair harris It wouldn't matter what choir you had, without proper amplification there's no point and from a choristers prospective, bloody hard work.
            Well done boys awesome performance. Lets hope we can keep 15 on the pitch next week.

            • Gareth Harris Is that the choir? You might not hear them but when they get on the pitch (I'm sure there's more than 15) they are hard to get off.

              • KMAshman Should have put some blue and black shirts on them, bolster cardiff's defence. ;-)

                • Stone They had better moves than c*****f too

          • RhwsPontyFan A thoroughly enjoyable Saturday afternoon. Called in to the Grogg Shop on way to match to pick up a couple of groggs and had a nice chat with Richard, then on to Sardis Rd to watch the fantastic Pont do what they do best, play exciting rugby and completely entertain the crowd. It absolutely made my day, and I went home a happy bunny, singing along to Ronny and the Daytonas all the way.
            Being a Ponty fan is what watching rugby is all about isn't it? Well done Pont!

          • Prince Dafydd Cardiff's line-out was good COTP, but their scrum was decidely second best.

            • ianto Well well well, a great win against a side that looked strong on paper but had no game plan. Duw, we could still be playing and they still wouldn't have scored a try. I was accused by Phil the lurker, he reads but doesn't post, of spreading doom and gloom across the forum with my earlier post. We'll Phil, I look forward to buying you a pint when we celebrate winning the treble. We'll well well, who'd have thought I'd be spreading such joy and positivity. A real gutsy performance in what was a huge game for us. Well well well done boys and a special mention for the wonderful selection of music played throughout the afternoon. Duw, duw!

              • saethennin First proper game of the season and we get a performance of such great passion and commitment. The team was superb, and well done the coaching staff (Garin included) for preparing them so well and managing them effectively through the various crisis points in the game. New faces like Alex Jones and Dillon Lewis showed up well, and my man of the match (for the umpteenth time) was the excellent Smurf. Wayne's got another big season in him I think.

                • Neil S Ponty were far superior. What a huge defence when down to 13 men. Ref was awful but let's not worry about what you can't effect. Cardiff had a decent line up but at times it looked like men and boys out there.

                  • RhwsPontyFan Nice to see you back Neil, I thought it was you yesterday too. You won't regret it mate.

  • Flights to Ireland

    Blotto Ryan Air have flights to West Ireland at £40 return (from Bristol) leaving Friday 1pm and returning Sunday 3pm for the weekend of the Connaught game. I so wish the fixtures were confirmed, such a risk booking it when game could be Sunday!

    • neil ridley Wkend in Richmond blotto boy

    • H griffiths What a team, today we saw everything, a team that just would not give in, even when the ref gave some strange decisions, how do you feed into the scrum? certainly not down the middle! everyone of the players gave everything, the new second row Alex played well, I do not know what to say about SMURF, another superb display, Webber gives us pace, and finishing power, but to the whole team THANK YOU, MADE MY WEEKEND.

      • winsky01 But one has got to ask, how is playing these meaningless pre-season games against inferior opposition going to benefit us in the long term? :-)

        • vivrePont Heartless and soulless that Cardiff side, no match for the super Pont!

    • Hoppy I think the game will be on the Sunday. Connaught have a game on Saturday. Nice price though even for one way

      • Jonathan Wakelin According to Connacht website, Connacht Eagles v Wales 2 (TBC) (aka Ponty) is at "The Sportsground" on Sunday 19th October at 14:30.

        • The Pudding A comprehensive thumping, if ever there was one. If we had got the line out right today and had managed to maintain our discipline we might have rattled up fifty or sixty points. Our ball retention, work at the breakdown, scrummaging and defence were all of the highest quality. We showed a100% commitment from first whistle to last, and there is not a team in the competition who would want to visit Sardis when we are in this type of form.

  • Question??

    Nightmare XV
    The following link is supposedly all the Cardiff rfc players that have also played for Ponty but they have Phil John on the list. I can't remember Gurkha ever playing for Cardiff. Am I missing a year of my life?

    http://www.cardiffrfc.com/Teams/PlayedFor?TeamId=104333

    • Robert Adonis He played for them during the 1999 World Cup.

    • Martin Williams I think he did at the end of his career, i cud be wrong thougj

      • Daiponty1 correct - it was really strange watching him in a blue and black jersey throwing the ball in maybe one or two games

      • Daiponty1 correct - it was really strange watching him in a blue and black jersey throwing the ball in maybe one or two games

      • ComeonthePont! YES RIGHT TOWARDS END

      • Chief just clicked on on your link, am off to wash my eyes now after being on that website :)

  • Team is out

    Nightmare XV and not looking too bad. Most prob would have started with Dan G (even though Owen has had a good pre season) to soften them up before bringing Owen on later in the game.

    • JDW not a bad line up, and only two new names in the whole list that didn't turn out for us last last year for us

      • Stone 15.Adam Thomas. 14.Alex Webber. 13.Gavin Dacey. 12.Dafydd Lockyer – cpt. 11.Geraint Walsh. 10.Simon Humberstone. 9.Tomos Williams.

        1.James Howe. 2.Liam Belcher. 3.Keiron Jenkins. 4.Craig Locke. 5.Alex Jones. 6.Wayne O’Connor. 7.Rhys Shellard. 8.Owen Sheppeard.

        Subs: 16.Lloyd Williams. 17.Lewis K Williams. 18.Lewis I Williams. 19.Aled Morris. 20.Jordan Sieniawski. 21.Dan Godfrey. 22.Chris Phillips. 23.Dillon Lewis.

        • Snoop Team looking good. Glad Owen Sheppeard is starting.
          http://www.ponty.net/new-season-ponty-tv-promo

        • Chief Strong looking team fair play. OLE OLE OLE!

          • The Pudding Close to a full strength line-up and certainly good enough to do the job. The selection of Walshy on the wing, as opposed to full back or centre, takes some explaining though.

            • Robert Adonis Closer than a four blade Gillette Fusion shave :o)
              [how would you improve on that then?]

            • ComeonthePont! Backs look great.
              We will be fine if we can get a decent platform.
              If we do we will win, if we don't it will be a tough call.
              COTP

              • Sam Really looking forward to this now, both clubs are pretty much full strength, and it is great to see some of the regional players returning to their clubs of origin on both sides. Will be one hell of a clash.
                It appears the Blues have released 13 of their full squad, 8 to Cardiff, 5 for us.
                Only Ellis Jenkins from a Ponty perspective seems to be missing from either team, Blues or the injured list?
                Personally I have always thought, if your not playing for the region, they should be playing in the premiership. It raises the standard of our games, and often those players are old favourites of their clubs, which is great for supporters to see them come back.
                We have to make Sardis a cauldron tomorrow! Ole!

                • pj_becks Great stuff, 40-12 FT

  • Prediction League

    Hoppy Wow I’m so nervous about this game. This is the game of the season. Win this and our season starts. Lose and the season is over. We will have talk about the Treble Double, but for me I watch Ponty these days for the BIC. I love travelling with the supporters and London Scottish (again) Not Reading this time, Bristol will be great fun and then Connaught (come on you can’t beat that for a cold wet weekend.) So come on boys give it to them. Strong defence and potent attack.
    HOLD THE LINE

    • Blotto Nervous and rightly so but we can do this, back line looks sharpe but I think the forwards are going to win this for us. Come on the pont

    • Robert Adonis Agree with most of it except that the Prem is our bread and butter. The BIC is just the icing on the cake (like the Great British and Irish Bake-off :o)
      Plus didn't you know that Galway is twinned with San Diego ??

    • Strides Looking forward to the day, strong teams for both sides.

      • H griffiths The boys will need us tomorrow,LET'S ALL MAKE SOME NOISE.

    • Strides Looking forward to the day, strong teams for both sides.

      • Nightmare XV The more I look at our team the more I like it.............

        • Kevin Fitzgerald Rugby is back :-) C'mon Pont

          • Stone Hope this works, having to upload off phone from an email because I can't remember my log in to do this off my lap top. At least I'm sure I'll remember how to shout tomorrow!

            • ComeonthePont! Very good team, especially in the backs but Cardiff have a very strong teamj out too.
              With Normandale at lock we will have to vary our lineouts, Knoyle is useful and Watkins has been scoring tries for Bristol for fun.
              Still let's make a whole lotta noise
              We can do it!
              COTP

              • Y bont Here's mine

                • biscuitboy well here goes into another season of fun and frolics ....good luck boys ...go get em

                  • The_Sion_King Lets not underestimate them. Knoyle and Douglus both full internationals? Lets overrun them in the midfield. Good luck boys. There's a trip to Galway riding on this one (already booked my flight!!).

                    • Neal Hammond I've got a good feeling about this.

                      • Polish Wonder Hi Hoppy - if it's not too late to join in / sign up, here's mine
                        Cheers

                        • Polish Wonder And an entry from Wevin
                          25 - 9 full time
                          12-6 half time
                          Diff 16

                          4 tries total
                          4 tries for Ponty

                          4 penalties
                          First scorer Lockyer
                          Last Shellard

                          0 yellows
                          Golden bob Lockyer

                          • Hoppy Welcome Polish Wonder and Wevin. Good Luck and I hope you enjoy the battle.

  • A big thank you.

    Nightmare XV Members of my family are involved with Giving to Pink who fund raise for a breast care centre of excellence at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and they would like to thank all the Ponty supporters who bought black & white loom bands at last Saturdays game.

  • Team for Saturday?

    ianto No announcement yet!

    • lenny Yes, i suppose we will have to have to get use to waiting for the blues to announce their team before ours now. With Geriant, Adam, Humbers and dico etc

    • Neil S Blues probably working out how they want it to go.

      • Stone Yip. Noticed Miles is in the Cardiff team

      • Chief busting to see what team we have out. This game is huge. No matter who you are or how good you are to play a one off game first up is tough. C'mon the Pont!!

        • Chief 15 Mike Stephens
          14 George Watkins
          13 Shaun Powell
          12 Jack Phillips
          11 Ceri Young
          10 Dean Gunter
          9 Tavis Knoyle
          1 Lewis Smout
          2 Ethan Lewis
          3 Bruce Douglas
          4 Miles Normandale
          5 James Goode
          6 Ben Roach (Capt)
          7 Rory Watts-Jones
          8 Ieuan Jones

          16 Callum Lewis
          17 Joe Jones
          18 Rhys Williams
          19 Nick White
          20 Matthew Marley
          20 Tom Slater
          22 James Whittingham
          23 Ellis Wyn Benham

          • H griffiths I know this is pie in the sky, could the choir PLEASE SING MY FAVOURITE SONG I WILL NEVER BE A B--E, AS YOU CAN SEE THEY HAVE PICKED A VERY STRONG SIDE, BUT WE CAN DO IT, LET'S GET BEHIND THE BOYS TOMORROW.

          • ianto That's a fairly strong side there, they are certainly taking it seriously. Rumours from down west is that the team from the Scarlets region will be a combination of Llanelli, Quins and Drovers, selected by Scarlets, regardless of playoff results. Makes a mockery of the playoffs if this is true.

            • Chief thats worrying as that would be the onld superclub 'A' system :(

              • Neal Hammond Terrible. Would this be an issue if Llanelli had qualified?

                • Kevin Fitzgerald Cardiff Blues: 15 Dan Fish, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Cory Allen, 12 Gavin Evans, 11 Owen Jenkins, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Lloyd Williams; 1 Sam Hobbs, 2 Matthew Rees (c), 3 Adam Jones, 4 Chris Dicomidis, 5 Filo Paulo, 6 Josh Turnbull, 7 Sam Warburton, 8 Manoa Vosawai

                  Replacements: 16 Kristian Dacey, 17 Thomas Davies, 18 Craig Mitchell, 19 Macauley Cook, 20 Josh Navidi, 21 Lewis Jones, 22 Gareth Davies, 23 Dafydd Hewitt

                  • Kevin Fitzgerald So no Dico, but we should have Humbers and Walshy

                    • Neal Hammond Waiting this long for a team announcement is frustrating to say the least. Can't wait for the game to come and kick off the new season.

  • Newport v Ponty Beer Festival

    Black&Amber The 4th annual Rodney Parade beer festival will be held on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th September on the training pitch at Rodney Parade.

    The festival will coincide with two excellent rugby fixtures. On the Friday evening Newport RFC take on Welsh Premiership champions Pontypridd, whilst on the Saturday afternoon the Dragons take on Glasgow.


    Both games are sure to be crowd pullers so come along, enjoy the rugby and relax with a few pints of real ale or cider.

    This Friends of Newport Rugby event will also include live music and a large marquee will be in place for this and also to protect against the weather if the sun doesn’t shine!

    Entry to the festival is free. Normal ticket prices apply for the rugby matches.

    Would be great to see some of our friends from Ponty at the beer festival.

    • Kevin Fitzgerald Sounds great, should be there

  • gutted missing the game on Saturday

    neil ridley The misses booked a wkend away longtime ago so sorry guys

    • Kevin Fitzgerald Come to the game and sign up to plentyoffish to find a new misses

  • Next Saturday

    Gareth Harris
    All pay for the Cardiff game?

    • Daiponty1 I would assume so

      • ComeonthePont! confirmed on home page - get there early!

  • bic qualifier

    lenny Just wondered who would play in the crunch game on sat against cardiff. Not sure which blues players are available given their away tie on sunday.Or do we stick with the ponty players who have played pre-season or does walsh,thomas, humbers and dico get to play.Suppose we will have to wait and see.hope daf is fit as was not in the squad yesterday?

    • ComeonthePont! Have heard that no Regional Registered players are being made available for the playoffs.
      Not sure if this affects dual registered players though.
      COTP

    • Stone I understand Daf was unavailable due to personal circumstances not injury. My thoughts are if both sides have the same options (or lack of them) then that's for the best. I wouldn't like to see either club get a load of players and the other doesn't. I'm looking forward to this, a very big game.

      • ianto Problem is now we are very reliant on the Blues allocated players. If they decide not to release players ( and I wouldn't blame them for a game against their second team) we will struggle, particularly in the second row and at halfbacks. Guess we just have to wait and see who they will release. A downward turn for me this season.

        • H griffiths I have posted many times that the favoured CLUBS have time on their side, sooner or later they will qualify for the BIC, WHETHER IT IS ON THE FIELD, OR BY SOME RULE CHANGE,however we must always hold our heads high, and turn out in numbers starting Saturday, as they must look at us with ENVY at our support, something I believe they will never achieve, or understand the sense of belonging we have for OUR Club, money cannot buy this. Unfortunately under this SYSTEM we can be dictated to by them, but turn up Saturday, and make some noise, from a RESIDENT ONE EYED DINOSAUR, I WILL NEVER BE A --e. Roll on Saturday. It's called HIRAETH

        • H griffiths I have posted many times that the favoured CLUBS have time on their side, sooner or later they will qualify for the BIC, WHETHER IT IS ON THE FIELD, OR BY SOME RULE CHANGE,however we must always hold our heads high, and turn out in numbers starting Saturday, as they must look at us with ENVY at our support, something I believe they will never achieve, or understand the sense of belonging we have for OUR Club, money cannot buy this. Unfortunately under this SYSTEM we can be dictated to by them, but turn up Saturday, and make some noise, from a RESIDENT ONE EYED DINOSAUR, I WILL NEVER BE A --e. Roll on Saturday

        • Prince Dafydd I see no reason why we should struggle against Cardiff, irrespective of whether any Blues players are available (although I have no doubt that a number will be).We would lack full bench cover at prop and outside half, but the following team of solely Ponty registered players would be more than capable of dealing with Cardiff:

          Nutz; Clayton; Lockyer; Dacey; Webber; Lewis K; Lloyd Williams; Jenkins; Morris; Howe; Locke; Sieniawski; Crocker; Shellard; Godfrey.
          Reps: Phillips; Dowden; Jones; Sheppeard; Raikes; G Williams; Lewis I

          • ianto I really hope your confidence is proved right. My concerns are that we now have 19 players out of 46 who we won't know are available. We've seen the effect this has had on the likes of Swansea and Llanelli. However you have named a decent team above. Would they be good enough to beat Cardiff, I'm not sure. Hopefully we won't find out. Looking at our squad announcement Walshy is listed as a dual contract player whereas other blues players aren't. Anyone know what difference this means to us?

            • ComeonthePont! I share your concerns here Ianto
              The number of Blues players as compared to pure Ponty is disproportionate.
              My best XV would have in it 9 Blues players in our matchday 22which seems a bit lopsided.
              But I do agree that we have a very strong squad overall and our 'Pure Ponty' XV is a very strong looking side.
              What there needs to be is some consistency and equitability in Regional squad players playing for WP Clubs or it could affect the WP table significantly.
              COTP

            • Prince Dafydd In practical terms, I suspect that Walsh's dual registration will mean little in relation to his likely availability. But theoretcially, it means that unlike the players allocated to us by the Blues who could be reallocated elsewhere if the the Blues saw fit, Walsh has to play for us if he isn't playing for the Blues.

            • Showboat13 The team listed above by PD should comfortably beat the Cardiff team that played Richmond on Saturday.

              • Ponty fan in Aber Totally agree with Prince Daf and Showboat. What we got to remember is we are playing at home and are they defending double double winners. Cardiff are more likely to be worried about us then we are about them. They haven't played teams near the quality we have in pre season and they haven't beaten them by much. I have faith in whatever team we put out on Saturday will beat Cardiff

              • The Pudding The selectors have some interesting choices to make for Saturday's big clash. Who will partner Daf in the centre, Tub in the second row and Alex Webber on the wing for instance. Hooker will also give pause for thought, unless Liam Belcher is made available after his Wales u18 commitments.

                • peter jones Based on PSF form and need for solid line out ,I would go with recognised and experienced second row pairing in Jones and Tub(is Tub available) ,based on what I saw during 2nd half of London Welsh we seem to be more stable andsecured our own ball after being cleaned out at both Llandovery and 1st half London Welsh ,looking at Blues second row availability I can see Dico either starting or on the bench in Italy ,can't see how Shep can be left out either ,

                  • H griffiths 100% agree with your second row

                • Neil S I would say Pontyrpidd are now obviously the Blues preferred development side. Therefore logic would dictate that the Blues will want Pontypridd to progress through th BIC so more of their players get game time in that tournament. Therefore, logically, the Blues would not hinder Pontypridd on Saturday. Logic though tends not to play much part in Welsh Rugby.

  • Pontypridd - Gilfach Goch

    Ponty Dog Pontypridd - Gilfach Goch

  • Today's game

    ComeonthePont! A very easy run out as expected.
    Not sure if it was really any kind of pointer for next week though.
    Just a few things I noted:
    1.If Webber is fit he must play and we must exploit his attacking ability to the full.
    2. Sheppy is playing the best Rugby of his life at the moment
    3. Tomos Williams is a fine gymnast
    4.Lewis at tight head is a fine prop
    5. Aled Morris is going well
    6. Dowden needs game time
    7. Nuts is decent at full back
    8. Our midfield passing needs improving
    So mostly positives but not sure how much we learnt for next week really.
    COTP

  • BIC Results

    Sam Bedwas 25-41 Newport
    Cross Keys 16-13 Ebbw Vale
    Aberavon 25-10 Neath
    Llandovery 28-15 Llanelli

    Final Play offs next week
    Cross Keys v Newport
    Pontypridd v Cardiff
    Bridgend v Aberavon
    Carmarthen v Llandovery

    • robert rees anybody know a referee called wayne hennesey? USELESS cudnt manage game properly,lost control and dint know wot was goin on,keys dint win it ebbw lost it however gl to pont v Cardiff shud win:)

      • robert rees owen Williams scored the ebbw try

        • Sean Useless is pretty good by henesseys standard. You will see a lot of him in the Premiership and he can be a real liability

          • robert rees hmm game stopped once becos he sin binned 2 front row forwards for ebb then he seemed confused and got on the linesmen,4th officla from the wru,ebbw coaches we all started a slow clap from the stands it was quit a laugh at first

  • The Waterboy

    Hoppy Just seen this from BBC sport.
    Must say I didn't spot him but nice to see he's not a primadonna, prepared to do the mundane job.
    Just like chief

  • Prediction League

    Hoppy Season is nearly here. But we are still looking for a few more players. Not in the Ponty squad but for the Prediction League. Rules and NEW form attached. Get your name in now so as not to be disappointed.
    HOLD THE LINE

  • lock cover

    lenny Just wondered what happened to James Cashin, as we still seem light on cover again in this position.

    • pj_becks Released back to Beddau but could come back on permit.

      • ComeonthePont! We remain light, shame we didn't have Normandale on board, he was excellent for us in the BIC last Season - a real lineout presence.
        Things would improve if we had a fit Sid with us.
        COTP

  • At last a deal is reached

    Ed Roberts The best part of this "deal" as far as I am concerned is the resurrection of the Wales "A" team - provided it is used correctly, i.e. as a "bridge" between the Under 20 side and the full Wales team, not like it was previously used - for has beens and players who hadn't a hope of making the full side. They should place an age limit on it - maximum age 22 and possibly include no more than say 3 fringe players from the main Wales squad.

    • winsky01 Can't agree about the Wales 'A' team sorry. 'Back in the day' it was a very useful representative side but now we only have 4 teams what's the point?! We barely have enough professional welsh qualified players to fill the welsh match day squad at time and have little strength in depth. In the current structure the 'A' team will be filled with U20 boys and youngsters? May as well just keep the U20's as back up to the national side.

      • Neil S I agree, what type of sides will the regions put out when Wales and Wales A play? They struggle now. My guess is the Wales A team would have to come from those selected in the Wales squad who are not selected to play. Therefore no one will return from the Wales squad for regional duty.

    • Daiponty1 No amount of money will revive welsh rugby - the crowds have switched off in their thousands many years ago and people speak more about football in their places of work rather than rugby as it used to be 15 years ago. The wru and row have killed welsh rugby - nobody cares anymore yet both organisations have blinded themselves with their infighting and battles only to lose the war - its big picture stuff which they have totally ignored

      • Mogsy Not interested in this pantomime at all. The biggest laugh though, is they give this Gareth Anscombe a central contract and he could turn out like Wales last greatest hope, Jason Jones Hughes. Remember him? What a joke, and what does that say to the younger players who should be on these contracts and haven't been given one. Yet some new great saviour from down under is given one before he has even set foot in this country. Welsh rugby continues to be a complete farce.

        • H griffiths Remember many people on this forum stated before the E.G.M. better the devil you know, the whole of Welsh Rugby had the chance to get rid of Candyfloss & Pickering but preferred the status quo. This morning on Radio Wales the main shareholder of the O,s was very depressed. The playoff,s many like myself, blamed the WRUIN, WHEN IT WAS THE Clubs that voted for it! Maybe it is me, but I feel we are being taken over more and more by that lot down the road. Call me a one eyed DINOSAUR, but I WILL NEVER NEVER EVER BE A B--E. This so callrd new deal only benefits the favoured few, and does nothing for the Clubs, especially the lower leagues. I hope the PONT have a fabulous season, on the LW game the one thing I was pleased with was our fitness, I don't care about CHIEF/JOHNSY leaving but Mr BOOL deserves an imense ammout of credit

          • Daiponty1 H - just to correct the statement of 'chance to get rid of Candyfloss etc..' that is not correct - there were only 2 options and that was not one of them - it was either Candyfloss or Moffett - they were the ONLY options available. Agree with the play off's whyt e clubs continue to vote for this stupid system? now thats where the WRU shold show leadership and implement the qualification requirement - top 4 and thats it, irrespective if they all come from the same region or not - with no disrespect to Ebbw - if they win 2 games then they represent the Dragons region which cannot be right! - it should be, based upon last year, XKeys

            • winsky01 Agree DaiPonty. All this rubbish about we had our chance to get rid of Lewis and Co. to improve our game is complete tripe.

              • H griffiths Of course the Clubs have had the oppertunity to change the way the WRUIN IS RUN, JUST HAVE A VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE IN THEM, BUT WE ALL KNOW THAT IS PIE IN THE SKY.The gravy train must be fantastic, Mr G Davies of the NGD, wants to get on board, the same man that wanted that lot down the road to join the English! 15 or so years ago? we all know he is part of the merry go round, that is Welsh Rugby laughing stock of WORLD RUGBY, fill your socks boys, we are doing a great job while Rugby is dying.

                • winsky01 It wasn't a meeting no give them a vote if no confidence. It was a ballot meeting to choose between Muppet or Lewis.

                  • winsky01 *to give*

              • H griffiths Of course the Clubs have had the oppertunity to change the way the WRUIN IS RUN, JUST HAVE A VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE IN THEM, BUT WE ALL KNOW THAT IS PIE IN THE SKY.The gravy train must be fantastic, Mr G Davies of the NGD, wants to get on board, the same man that wanted that lot down the road to join the English! 15 or so years ago? we all know he is part of the merry go round, that is Welsh Rugby laughing stock of WORLD RUGBY, fill your socks boys, we are doing a great job while Rugby is dying.

          • pontyboysdad ..and another thing. Al this for the good of the game blah blah...yet only very recently the B@@es sign Adam Jones, so that's three tight heads from the Welsh squad in one team, and Newport GD sign some South African tighthead. Just beggars believe. Working together for the good of a welsh rugby??

            • H griffiths Good Post

  • Pontypridd RFC squad confirmed for coming season

    JDW Looks a strong enough squad, as long as we get access to them all.
    only time will tell :)

    • JDW and no sign of our Rob Sidoli, must be waiting on that injury outcome :(

      • pj_becks According to BBC transfer page he's gone from NGD to Ponty. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/27985960

      • ComeonthePont! Huge reliance on Blues, may be a change in relationship.

        • Robert Adonis Apparently Ellis Jenkins was given the choice and chose Ponty, however if we qualify for The BIC then the squad for that will be strengthened again (eg. Pasco, Miles Norm' and some others were added last year). Lets hope we can improve in time for the 6th Sept as the cancellation of the first friendly game has set us back somewhat !!

          • winsky01 So a bit like last year, the farce that is this playoff means Normandale and Jenkins plus a few others like Pascoe play against us in 10 days yet if we beat them they then play for us shortly afterwards in the competition. Farce.

            • Neil S What have Cardiff recruited?

          • RhwsPontyFan That could be a very tricky game unless we find the winning form again. It doesn't bear thinking about how we will feel if we don't qualify.

        • Prince Dafydd 11 back row players seems a bit over the top! On the basis of the overall squad strength, I see no reason why we shouldn't do well again this season.

          • Prince Dafydd Actually, I undercounted the number of backrow players. It's 12 not 11.

            • ComeonthePont! Yes a lot in some not many in others, but overall a good squad which be in the mix again.
              We just have to MAKE COME NOISE!
              COTP

            • Pontydragon I have some fears, like JDW. How helter skelter is this going to be? Will we be able to get the right squad at the right times? That, is the key to the kingdom and the silverware. On the upside, if we get our home grown players at the right times, I'm confident we can bang the drum again.
              Wishing as much luck as I can on the boys for a great season, and a massive Ole' for all of the supporters. No matter what happens, you are all still the best of the best!

              • Martin Williams I think its one hell of a squad and its nice to see pat palmer and jake there as they are great players and i am hoping their recovery from injury is going well.

                • saethennin I don't know what the position is with Sid's injury but surely the club must be hoping he plays a big part in the coming campaign - we're short of a regularly available experienced lock, and Sid would complete the jigsaw. As PD says it will be important that we can call on Walsh, Humberstone and Dicomidis (and maybe Ellis Jenkins too ) for our crunch games.

                  • chris kingsbury Exciting times ahead me thinks

                    • Sean Ellis Jenkins is a great player to have available, when he played for us last year he gave 110% and as a local lad its great to see him get the opportunity to link with us. He could be crucial as Shellard is likely to be away with the 7s during the season, and with Wayne always prepared to put his body on the line for the club, we always have the risk of him getting hurt when Rhys is away

  • Pontypridd - London Welsh

    Ponty Dog Pontypridd - London Welsh

    • robert rees did piri weepu play?

      • Stone Nope

    • Ponty Dog Watch at 14 mins 5 seconds, Tom Hetherington being kicked in the head three times by London Welsh No. 11.

      • Stone Think it was their No 8 (the number is different to the others) but still unbelievable it wasn't picked up by either official. Whether he was going for the ball or not it was clumsy at best!
        LW got away with spoiling at rucks at times, call it streetwise or poor reffing it disrupted us. We started off pretty rusty but got more in to the game, was always going to be a tough ask but they were very clinical and it cost us at times. Still pretty good performance for the team to build on.

        • ComeonthePont! Deffo number 8. Right in front of us.
          Should have been picked up.

      • chris davies 74 points against In 2 games!!!!!! Don't like it.

        • pj_becks Well it's not much of a shock against LW really with the team they had out!

        • KMAshman Is it time to panic yet :(

          • pj_becks Not yet Mr Mainwaring!

            • ComeonthePont! Bristol got to within a point of London Irish away.......but we have get past Cardiff yet to meet them.
              I wouldn't say panic but from what I have seen so far we have to go up a few notches yet.
              It could just be that the mindset we need for the meaningful games will bring the best out of the team.
              COTP

              • Martin Williams From what i've seen especially last saturday and to give everything like they did against a pro team shows what a side we are. Personally with the possibility of walsh dico and adam laying some games for us i think we will be stronger.

                • Blotto I think pre season has gone a bit pear shaped. Pontyclun was meant to be for the young guns, first team play most of the Llandovery game and then Welsh we'd hit the ground running, best laid plans and all that. Technically we're a game behind. There is no doubt in my mind come the Cardiff game we'll be chomping at the bit.....

                  • Nightmare XV Just remember we played Llandovery with half a team made up of newbies and then we played an English premiership team who have not really had an out of season as they are desperate to stay up this season and have been training every day.

                  • Sean Our lineout and scrum was poor yesterday, and we had no platform in the furst half. Behind the scrum we were predictable and posed little threat, and it shows how much we will miss Walshy if he isnt released by the Blues. Regardless of ring rustiness, yesterday was a poor performance and well below the standard we set last season

                    • Robert Adonis We were way off the pace by a country mile in the first half - but it was a different story in the second half which was a far more even contest (which the scoreboard confirmed). The lineout also improved when we made a few changes, although their lineout was a colossal presence throughout, and we were never going to get much change there. Scrums were a bit more even though, but our only back who looked like he could worry them was young Owen Jenkins.

  • New signing

    Gary May Can anyone confirm that Rob Sidoli has signed for Ponty? He was at the match today but no announcement yet.

    • Martin Williams I think he will sign if everything is ok with his injury. I think it would be a great signing.

      • ComeonthePont! The injury may explain things as I understood he had signed and would be useful with a young squad.

        • Martin Williams Yes cotp that is what i heard yesterday, maybe a 2 year deal.

          • Nightmare XV Heard he is waiting to see how his shoulder op settles down but plans to play from beginning of October.

  • London Welsh Game

    Prince Dafydd Tough day at the office today. Ponty were always going to struggle with LW's physicality but I was disappointed with the lack of precision and creativity in our own play. Still, we won't face another team as good as them this season (with the possible exception of Bristol) and we remain the team to beat, domestically speaking. Thought Jarrod Evans looked good for the short time he was on the pitch as did prop Dillon Lewis.

    • Blotto difficult when a team are more physical as your always that half yard behind where you want to be.

    • Gareth Harris Agree with everything above. LW best side I've seen at Sardis for a long time.

      • ComeonthePont! Agree
        Don't think we will meet as strong a team all Season.
        Meeting them so early when we are trying to play our way back into things was always a big ask.
        I don't know what our total squad is - never known us be so late in saying what it is.
        We have a few obvious areas of weakness imo and I think we will find this Season a lot tougher than the last two.
        Unless the Committee have a few rabbits in the hat!
        I think we will be there or thereabouts, but it just mught be thereabouts on the evidence so far.
        The second half effort far better than the first.
        Agree about Jarrod and I liked the look of Dillon Lewis a lot.
        Hope the injuries to Lewis 'Use your weight' Williams and Jarrod are not to bad.
        Roll on Gilfach Goch......we should win that one.
        COTP

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