Matchday Preview – Pontypridd v Carmarthen Quins
Next up it’s a five day turnaround between matches for Pontypridd RFC as we welcome Carmarthen Quins to Sardis Road this Thursday 23rd November. The Indigo Group Premiership match between the two clubs kicks off at 7:30pm and will be broadcast live on S4C Clic.
When Ponty and the Quins lock horns it’s traditionally the home side that comes out on top, but last season’s matches went against the norm. The two sides first met in last season’s campaign at Carmarthen Park on Thursday evening 13th October 2022, again in front of the S4C cameras. Ponty edged a closely-fought contest by 21 points to 15, Dale Stuckey and Jordan Howells got the tries and Joseph Scrivens kicked 11 points to secure the win for the Valley Commandos.
Then earlier this year on Saturday 18th February a Garyn Daniel try was added to an earlier Joel Raikes touchdown to give Ponty a 17-10 lead as the match headed into the final quarter at Sardis Road. A league-double over the Quins looked on the cards for Ponty before a Corum Nott try and a last-gasp Jac Wilson penalty saw the men from Carmarthen Park triumph 20-17 at the death.
Back-to-back league wins over Swansea and Aberavon sees Pontypridd sit in 8th place in the Premiership, but due to the congested nature of the table a win could potentially propel the team up to 5th – just one place outside of the all-important top 4 play-off places.
Carmarthen sit in 12th place on the league ladder having suffered some close defeats so far this season – none more so than last Saturday when ex-Ponty fullback Ben Jones’ 83rd minute try broke Quins’ hearts at Carmarthen Park as they lost to Merthyr by 22 points to 18.
Clashes between Ponty and the Quins are normally close-fought affairs with only a score in it either way come the final whistle, so make sure you turn up in numbers on Thursday Ponty Fans to try and help roar the team on to victory.
Tickets – Admission on Thursday will be £12 full, £10 concession access-all-areas and under 16’s free if accompanied by a paying adult. You can purchase tickets on the day or to save time can use our online e-Ticket system, link – Pontypridd v Carmarthen Quins 23/11/2023 – The club has increased the range of tickets now available to cover small groups (2 people) and large groups (4 people). We also have a family ticket for our Youth and Mini & Junior sections.
Club Shop – To purchase your Ponty RFC merchandise, the Club Shop will be open before and after Thursday’s match.
Stars in Their Eyes – The last few tickets are still available for the Club’s ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ event which will take place this Saturday 25th November (article – Ponty RFC presents Stars in Their Eyes). Paul Marshall will be in the Clubhouse on Thursday evening selling tickets for the event in person.
Supporters Club trip to RGC – The PRFC Supporters Club have organised a trip to North Wales over the weekend 12th – 14th April 2024 when the team play RGC on Saturday 13th April. Deposits of £50 per person are now required and Chris Kingsbury will be collecting the money at this Thursday’s match. There are still a few spaces left on the excursion, for more information or to book please contact Chris on 07863 160130.