NA­TIONAL LEAGUE

Wales On Sunday - - SPORT -

PON­TY­POOL are now just two points off the top fol­low­ing their 52-19 win over New­cas­tle Em­lyn in the Na­tional Cham­pi­onship.

The de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons ran in eight tries with Ben Sparks claim­ing a hat-trick. Aaron Quick, Kieran Meek, Lloyd Lewis and Ben Parry also crashed over to add to a penalty try. Matthew Lewis fired over five con­ver­sions to com­plete the scor­ing.

Llyr Jones, Dafydd Evans and Luke Hans­ford bagged Em­lyn’s tries with Shaun Leonard kick­ing four points.

Cardiff Met con­tinue to lead the way af­ter beat­ing Rhy­dyfe­lin 26-21. Bar­rie Karea and Adam Dove claimed the Met tries, but the game was won at the tee as Rus­sell Ben­nett kicked four penal­ties and two con­ver­sions to see the Stu­dents to vic­tory.

David Grat­ton, Ross Lucas and Kevin Briggs all touched down for Rhy­dyfe­lin with Grat­ton adding all three con­ver­sions to se­cure a los­ing bonus point.

Else­where, Tata Steel were among the points as they thrashed Bed­dau 57-17.

Mor­gan Williams and Amir Jiwa-Walji shared five tries be­tween them with the former cel­e­brat­ing a hat-trick. Owen Thomas, David Griggs, Trystan Herd­man and Jack Brooks bol­stered the score fur­ther with Cal­lum Brick­nell boot­ing six con­ver­sions.

Bed­dau missed out on a bonus point as they couldn’t add to tries from Josh Thomas, Adam Ash­ford and Ben Stevens. Hy­wel Chatham added a con­ver­sion.

In other ac­tion, One East Cen­tral cham­pi­ons Ystrad Rhondda sealed their sixth win in eight games with a 28-20 suc­cess over New­bridge.

Aron Clarke was at the dou­ble with Corey Shep­hard and Liam Davies also crash­ing over. Rhys Tru­elove added all four con­ver­sions to seal the win.

Lewis Hudd, Ben Snell and Ea­mon Rees replied for New­bridge with the lat­ter adding the rest from the tee.

Mean­while, Owen Howe played an in­te­gral role in Maesteg’s 19-15 win over Bedlinog. Howe notched four penal­ties and added the con­ver­sion to Ja­cob Williams’ try. Nathan Huish, Gareth Williams and Alex Mee­son hit back for Bedlinog.

The other game saw Nar­berth edge to a 28-23 vic­tory over Tre­banos. John Mor­gan, An­drew Cooke and Jack Price touched down for Nar­berth with Nick Gale kick­ing 13 points. Tom Dew claimed a brace for Tre­banos while Matthew Ed­wards kicked three penal­ties and two con­ver­sions.

The sur­prise pack­age in One North, Llan­dudno, con­tin­ued their per­fect league record as they edged past Ruthin 9-8 to stay at the top of the ta­ble.

Nick Dundee kicked three penal­ties to hand Llan­dudno the win, but a Josh Wil­son try and a Dy­fan Humphreys penalty ran them close.

Pwll­heli were also pushed all the way but kept their per­fect league record with a 17-16 win at Bala. Kevin Mor­ris, Huw Williams and Gwilym Sion-Parry claimed the tries with Car­wyn ap Myrd­din kick­ing a con­ver­sion, which proved cru­cial in the end.

In other ac­tion, Bryn­mawr’s 23-13 win over Pon­ty­pool United main­tained their four-point lead in One East. Dan Wall, Adam Lane, Matt Gross and Nathan Preece all went over.

Bony­maen’s 29-14 win over Ken­fig Hill en­sured they re­main at the top of One West Cen­tral.

A dou­ble from Sam Jones and fur­ther tries from Ben Davies and Cur­tis Lynch handed them the win Cur­tis Moore wrapped things up from the tee. Jamie Williams and Tom Briggs were on the score­sheet for Ken­fig, who saw Nicky Giles boot the rest.

Rhi­w­bina lead One East Cen­tral by just one point af­ter a 24-8 vic­tory over strug­gling St Joseph’s.

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