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PON­TY­CLUN ............... 18 GWERNYFED ................ 8

PER­SIS­TENT morn­ing rain re­sulted in a tacky play­ing sur­face that some­what re­stricted the pos­si­bil­ity of wit­ness­ing any ex­cit­ing run­ning rugby.

Pon­ty­clun once again were forced to make sev­eral changes fol­low­ing in­juries picked up at Aber­cwm­boi, with Gavin Pas­coe, Adam Lewis, Tom Green, Rhys Mor­gan and Gareth Hooke drafted into the start­ing line-up.

The sides ex­changed penalty kicks early on to make it 3-3 and de­spite an odd line break, one by Nicky Theaker and an­other from Gavin Pas­coe, there was lit­tle ac­tion to re­port.

Both sides strug­gled to build up any mo­men­tum, al­though Pon­ty­clun did en­joy the ma­jor­ity of both pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­tory.

Ap­proach­ing half-time, Theaker struck over his sec­ond penalty to send the home side into the break with a 6-3 ad­van­tage.

The sec­ond pe­riod was much of the same un­til a 10-minute spell of pres­sure from Pon­ty­clun yielded two tries.

The first was an Adam Lewis score as he streaked over on the right fol­low­ing good work by Green and Mor­gan to cre­ate an over­lap.

The sec­ond was a vin­tage Lloyd Rose ef­fort as he sud­denly burst from a set play some 20 me­tres out and brushed off sev­eral chal­lengers to score un­der the posts.

Theaker missed the con­ver­sion fol­low­ing the Lewis try but slot­ted over the sec­ond ef­fort and Pon­ty­clun looked in con­trol at 18-3.

How­ever, Gwernyfed very nearly replied im­me­di­ately and but for a last­ditch tackle from that man Rose, car­ry­ing out his nor­mal No 8 de­fen­sive du­ties, they would have scored when sport­ing an over­lap on the right.

The vis­i­tors how­ever did man­age a try from their skip­per An­drew Hill when they broke through the Pon­ty­clun de­fence wide out on left touch­line.

That brought the score to 18-8 and that was about it for the af­ter­noon.

Pon­ty­clun made a few changes dur­ing the half with Dan Mered­ith, Matthew Bartlett, Josh Cowles, Rhys Wil­liams and Rhys’s younger brother Kieran (mak­ing his first team de­but) be­ing given run-outs.

Else­where in the di­vi­sion, Aber­cwm­boi trav­elled to pre­vi­ously un­beaten Pen­tyrch and emerged vic­to­ri­ous whilst Peny­graig over­came Taffs Well, also pre­vi­ously un­beaten.

These re­sults have bunched a num­ber of sides in close con­tention at the top of the di­vi­sion and the Badgers’ next league en­counter is away at Taffs Well on Satur­day, October 14.

Mean­while, they re­turn to cup ac­tion this com­ing Satur­day (October 7) with a trip to face an un­known fac­tor in Cardiff Univer­sity. The Uni side do not play Swalec league rugby and are there­fore dif­fi­cult to as­sess, abil­ity wise. The match will take place at the univer­sity play­ing fields, Mendip Road (off Ball Road) Llan­rum­ney, Cardiff CF3 4JN.

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