NA­TIONAL LEAGUE RUGBY

Glamorgan Gazette - - Results And Tables -

PONTYPOOL made it a per­fect 10 in the WRU Na­tional Cham­pi­onship but only af­ter com­ing from be­hind to seal a 26-14 bonus point win in their top-of-the-ta­ble clash with Cardiff Met.

The stu­dents led 7-5 at the turn­around af­ter a phys­i­cal first half where they took the lead through cen­tre Bar­rie Karea’s try which was con­verted by Rus­sell Ben­nett.

Flanker Craig At­twell replied for Pooler be­fore a scuf­fle en­sued and re­sulted in the hosts’ Danny Hodge and Met’s Dawid Rubas­niak be­ing sent to the bin.

Pooler were then awarded a penalty try just af­ter the re-start but slack de­fend­ing al­lowed Shawn Howard to cross for Met and put them back in front, with Ben­nett again con­vert­ing.

But the cham­pi­ons would not be de­nied and were soon over again through Rho­dri Usher be­fore Aaron Cound­ley bagged the bonus point with Matthew Lewis con­vert­ing both tries.

Mean­while Ystrad Rhondda have now moved into sec­ond spot af­ter they also bat­tled back from be­hind to win 21-14 at Bedlinog.

Cen­tre Ryan How­ells bagged two sec­ond half tries for Ystrad, with Corey Shep­hard con­vert­ing the first one as well as boot­ing three penal­ties. The Foxes led 14-6 at the turn­around.

The win for Ystrad, their ninth of the cam­paign, took them on to 41 points, eight points be­hind Pooler hav­ing also played a game more.

Else­where, Rhy­dyfe­lin ended a run of three suc­ces­sive de­feats with a 19-11 home tri­umph over Bed­dau while, In the bat­tle at the bot­tom, New­bridge edged a thriller with New­cas­tle Em­lyn 33-32.

Matt McGovern was at the dou­ble for New­bridge with Si­mon Veall, Ben Snell and a penalty try also among their scor­ers. Sam Withers booted three con­ver­sions.

Llyr Jones scored twice for Em­lyn with Llyr Davies and Alex Wil­liams their oth­ers scor­ers as they did at least take two bonus points, but re­main bot­tom. Shaun Leonard added three con­ver­sions and two penal­ties.

One East lead­ers Bryn­mawr got back to win­ning ways as they beat Nel­son 26-14 to go six points clear.

Blind­side Zach Stu­art scored twice with James Mear and hooker Dan Wall also crash­ing over the white­wash as visi­tors Bryn­mawr bounced back from their de­feat by Bre­con which ended a seven-game win­ning run this term.

Full-back Liam But­ler con­verted three of the four tries for the Mawr.

Glam­or­gan Wan­der­ers went top of One East Cen­tral with a 26-13 win at Cam­brian Wel­fare.

The win takes Mar­tyn Fowler’s side two points clear and back above Rhi­w­bina, who had led the way head­ing into the week­end but post­poned their game with Gil­fach Goch.

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