PRINCIPALITY PREMIERSHIP EAST
PONTY conceded the softest of early tries, a Dafydd Lockyer chip-kick intercepted, allowing his opposite number Will Rees-Hole to cruise in for a try in the corner.
The game had got off to a frenetic start, ebbing to and fro, a Dale Stuckey break giving Ponty momentum upfield, maintained by a lineout drive allowing outside half Diggy Bird to snipe through for a try which he then converted.
The visitors were now seeing more of the ball, and working off a strong scrum set up another attack, winger Alex Webber making headway and finding flanker Rhys Shellard up in support to score out wide. Cardiff’s repost was immediate, outside half Gareth Thompson stroking over a penalty from near the 22-yard line.
Ponty again showed their intent with a dynamic wide attack, only to backtrack and concede points through another Thompson penalty, reflecting the competitive nature of the game.
The home side maintained a territorial advantage, forcing turnovers, but Ponty then setting off on a dynamic counteroffensive, winger Alex Webber slicing through the layers of opposition defence to score a fine try, converted from in front of the posts by Bird. Cardiff again responded with a Thompson penalty to keep the scoreboard ticking over and to keep in touch but that effort was cancelled out as Diggy Bird launched a penalty of his own from 40m out.
The action continued unabated as Cardiff took a quick tap penalty, centre Owen Lane diving over to touch down near the corner flag, his score well converted by Thompson. The home side then suffered a double setback as centre Will Rees-Hole was yellow carded for a high tackle and hooker Joe Tomlinson stretchered off, bringing to an end a thrilling first half with Ponty edging a 21-22 lead.
The game lost none of its momentum after the restart, but Ponty rueing a missed penalty attempt by Bird.
The Blue and Blacks then countered with an attack from deep, scrum half Lewis Jones cruising in unopposed for a try which Thompson converted. Ponty’s attempts to strike back lacked a cutting edge, allowing their hosts once more to make headway upfield.
The contest remained close-fought as Ponty kicked effectively for position then drove hard into the home 22, allowing Diggy Bird to kick a straightforward penalty, but then just failing to hit the target with a siege-gun effort from half-way. The Valley Commandos however responded in style as replacement Hemi Barnes charged forward, centre Aled Summerhill receiving and crossing for a try which Bird converted, Cardiff full back Dan Fish was sin-binned for a high tackle in the build-up to the score.
A wide attack fronted by winger Alex Webber kept Ponty on the front foot, then seizing on a loose ball for Hemi Barnes to crash over for a try which Bird again converted. The visitors were now rampant, launching a flowing foray into the home 22 but failing to capitalise.
The contest remained feisty and frenetic into its final 10 minutes with Ponty holding a territorial advantage. Working off a strong set piece the visitors again advanced as Dafydd Lockyer cut through, Rhys Shellard up in support to cross for a try which Sweeney converted.
A late Cardiff repost came to nothing as Ponty held out for a notable 2846 victory after an enthralling encounter.