NA­TIONAL LEAGUES ROUNDUP

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PONTYPOOL went six points clear in the WRU Na­tional Cham­pi­onship with a 29-24 bonus-point vic­tory at Tre­banos.

The vic­tory made it nine out of nine for Leighton Jones’ men but they cer­tainly did not have it all their own way in west Wales and were pushed all the way by an im­pres­sive Tre­banos out­fit.

How­ever in the end Pooler’s power and phys­i­cal prow­ess saw them home.

The league lead­ers led 12-10 at the turn­around thanks to Scott Matthews’ un­con­verted score along with a penalty try.

Sam Davies scored in the first half for Tre­banos, who led at one stage, with Matthew Ed­wards con­vert­ing as well as kick­ing a penalty.

Then in the sec­ond half Lloyd Lewis scored for his eighth try of the sea­son, con­verted by Matthew Lewis to make it 19-10 be­fore Craig At­twell se­cured the bonus point and Jordan Thomas darted over for a fifth Pontypool try.

A late rally from Tre­banos, who were awarded two penalty tries, saw them take some­thing from the clash.

Now on 44 points, Pooler’s day was made even bet­ter with the news that near­est chal­lengers Cardiff Met­ro­pol­i­tan Univer­sity had slipped to a sur­prised 17-16 de­feat at home by Bedlinog – a sec­ond straight loss for the Stu­dents.

An­drew Mur­phy scored the Bedlinog try while Dan Parry booted four penal­ties.

Met’s try was scored by An­drew Nurse, con­verted by Rus­sell Ben­nett, who also added three penal­ties.

Pontypool have also have game in hand on Met who are now on 38 points.

Else­where third-placed Ystrad Rhondda moved to within a point of Met as they beat Nar­berth 20-13 at Gel­li­galed Park

Ryan How­ells and Kur­tis Wil­liams scored a try in each half for Ystrad with both scored con­verted by Corey Shep­hard who also booted two penal­ties.

Else­where New­bridge won for just the sec­ond time this sea­son, 25-20 at Bed­dau.

Matthew Davies was at the dou­ble with Chris Fran­cis also go­ing over. Sam Withers kicked two con­ver­sions and a penalty while Ea­monn Rees also slot­ted a penalty.

Tata Steel edged Rhy­dyfe­lin 26-25 while the sched­uled match be­tween bot­tom club New­cas­tle Em­lyn and Maesteg Quins was post­poned due to the weather.

Rhi­w­bina made it six wins out of seven in One East Cen­tral with a nar­row 13-10 suc­cess at Di­nas Powys.

Af­ter two penal­ties from Lewis Pearce, Loren Quick then pro­duced what proved to be the de­ci­sive mo­ment in the match as he in­ter­cepted and dashed fully 50 yards to the line to touch down. Pearce also added the ex­tras. Corey Im­per­ato got the try for Di­nas, which was con­verted by Sam Mid­dle­miss who also kicked a penalty as they bagged a los­ing bonus point.

The re­sult for the Squir­rels also saw them ex­tend their lead at the top af­ter chas­ing sides Moun­tain Ash and Porth Har­lequins both lost.

Moun­tain Ash, who be­gan the week­end just a point be­hind Rhi­w­bina, were nar­rowly beaten 16-15 at Rum­ney – who jump from fourth to sec­ond.

Lewis Mills and Harry Jar­ret scored Rum­ney’S two un­con­verted tries while Re­gan Ma­honey did kick two penal­ties.

Porth Har­lequins, mean­while were de­feated 36-17 at five-star Glam­or­gan Wan­der­ers.

In One East, lead­ers Bryn­mawr’s 100 per cent win­ning record is over af­ter they went down to a 32-14 home de­feat against Bre­con – in a match switched to Nan­ty­glo.

Ei­fion Jones was the star of the show for Bre­con with a hat-trick with Ewan Wil­liams also go­ing over. Dean Gunter added three con­ver­sions and two penal­ties.

It ended Bryn­mawr’s bid for an eighth league win on the bounce and also took Bre­con up into sec­ond above Pe­nallta who were not in ac­tion af­ter their sched­uled op­po­nents – bot­tom club Har­tridge – were un­able to raise a side.

Bryn­mawr, on 34 points, are now just one ahead of Bre­con.

Ystalyfera are the new lead­ers of One West Cen­tral af­ter edg­ing Bony­maen 18-17.

Jonathan Bayliss and Paul Davies got the tries with St­eff Cas­tle and Bowdy Davies shar­ing du­ties from the tee.

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