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PON­TYPRIDD .............. 26 CROSS KEYS ............... 12

A QUIET open­ing to the match was re­solved cour­tesy of a jink­ing run by Ponty full back Geraint Walsh that set up ex­cel­lent field po­si­tion and when the ball was passed wide, flanker Rhys Shel­lard barged his way over for a try in the cor­ner.

Ponty’s li­ne­out drive was now prov­ing to be a very use­ful weapon and saw the home side camped on the Keys’ line but for all the pos­ses­sion and pres­sure only a close range Diggy Bird penalty trou­bling the score­board op­er­a­tor.

From the restart Ponty cen­tres Garyn Smith and Dafydd Lock­yer com­bined to send Diggy Bird rac­ing over from 25m out, the out­side half then get­ting up to con­vert his own try.

With Ponty press­ing for an­other try, Cross Keys wing Matthew Powell was sent to the sin bin for a de­lib­er­ate knock-on, the home side opt­ing for a kick into the cor­ner but un­able to pro­tect the ball and yield­ing a turnover.

With no fur­ther scores reg­is­tered, Ponty went in at the break 15-0 ahead.

With the first at­tack of the sec­ond half, Keys were again pe­nalised and Diggy Bird kicked a long range penalty to in­crease the home lead.

An out­stand­ing 50m break by wing Dale Stuckey set up Ponty’s next try as Chris Di­co­midis was up in sup­port to pass on to Mor­gan Sieni­awski who scored out wide, fin­ish­ing off the best move of the match.

With what seemed the vis­i­tors first con­certed at­tack to Ponty’s try line, flanker Taine Basham scored a try in the cor­ner.

Cross Keys were re­duced to 14 men for the sec­ond time in the match when out­side half Corey Shep­herd in­fringed at the break­down.

From the re­sul­tant penalty Ponty re­place­ment Ceri Sweeney eas­ily slot­ted the ball be­tween the posts.

Ponty were now hunt­ing the bonus point score but it would be Cross Keys who fin­ished the stronger, claim­ing the fi­nal try of the match as cen­tre Leon An­drews grounded the ball out wide with full back Josh Prosser con­vert­ing the score.

The home side had one last at­tack but when it came to noth­ing re­place­ment Ceri Sweeney let his frus­tra­tion show and was sin binned for dis­sent.

With Ponty fail­ing to claim an­other try, they set­tled for a 26-12 vic­tory in a match which was slow to start and barely hit the heights, but was lit up by the one qual­ity break by Dale Stuckey.

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