Bonus point for Pon­ty­clun

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PON­TY­CLUN RFC 1ST XV ................................ 33 LLANDAFF RFC 1ST XV ....................................... 24

GO­ING into this game, Pon­ty­clun would have ex­pected a bonus point vic­tory against a Llandaff side with just one win to their name all sea­son. And de­spite a few mi­nor scares late on, that is ex­actly what was achieved.

This was only the Bad­gers sec­ond game since Jan­uary, but they started brightly and a clas­si­cal move from a line-out saw Jo Wil­liams pierce the de­fence and put in wing Sam Davies to score near to the posts.

Nicky Theaker had no prob­lem adding the con­ver­sion.

The visi­tors though hit back via a penalty from Jor­dan Gam­mon be­fore Pon­ty­clun notched an­other try.

This time it was winger Davies the provider, skin­ning two de­fend­ers wide out and send­ing over Nicky Theaker for an easy touch­down.

Theaker was once again suc­cess­ful in adding the ex­tras and Pon­ty­clun led 14pts-3.

Fol­low­ing a sus­tained pe­riod of pres­sure Pon­ty­clun in­creased their lead and Rhys Morgan split the Llandaff de­fen­sive line to score and once again pro­vide Theaker with a sim­ple con­ver­sion. How­ever from the restart Llandaff hit back.

Jack Theaker caught the restart kick and made twenty me­tres up­field but the ball was ripped from him in the tackle by Llandaff Cap­tain David Hugo and he evaded sev­eral de­fend­ers be­fore touch­ing down. Gam­mon con­verted.

That was the end of the first half scor­ing and Pon­ty­clun en­tered the break look­ing for a re­peat of their first half dom­i­nance.

They made the per­fect start when Jack Theaker crashed over for their fourth and bonus point try with again Nicky Theaker con­vert­ing.

Min­utes later Rhys Morgan grabbed his sec­ond, and Pon­ty­clun’s fifth try, cross­ing wide out on the left.

Llandaff then came more into the game and started caus­ing prob­lems with some en­ter­pris­ing at­tack­ing moves.

Pon­ty­clun then made a few changes in per­son­nel and this, cou­pled with two yel­low cards is­sued to Nicky Theaker and Tom Green, gave Llandaff im­pe­tus go­ing in to the last ten min­utes.

They scored two tries dur­ing this pe­riod, a sec­ond from their skip­per Hugo and an­other cour­tesy of Ron Mbakwe. Both were con­verted by Gam­mon to make the fi­nal score 33pts-24pts.

Pon­ty­clun made it four wins on the bounce and con­tinue to climb the league.

Post match the MOM awards were pre­sented by match spon­sors Coors to David Hugo (Llandaff ) and Sam ‘Twin­kle Toes” Davies for Pon­ty­clun.

Pon­ty­clun have a mid­week match on Wed­nes­day, March 28 when they en­ter­tain Tre­har­ris at the Wind­sor field (ko 6.15pm). They then are without a game on Satur­day, March 31 be­fore trav­el­ling to Pen­tyrch on Satur­day, April 7.

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