NA­TIONAL LEAGUE RUGBY

Glamorgan Gazette - - Results And Tables -

NARBERTH, who only lost for the sec­ond time this sea­son in their last out­ing at Ystrad Rhondda, were just able to hang onto their un­beaten home run as they came from be­hind to beat Bed­dau 14-13 in the WRU Na­tional Cham­pi­onship.

Nick Gale got the home side off to a fly­ing start with two early penal­ties, but Bed­dau bat­tled back with a try from Josh Thomas that Hy­wel Chatham con­verted to take the visitors into the lead.

The Ot­ters then went down to 14 men when re­place­ment flanker An­drew Cook saw yel­low and a Chatham penalty took the score to 10-6 at the break.

Chatham added an­other penalty shortly af­ter the restart to ex­tend the lead, but Narberth hit back with their third kick from Gale to re­main in touch.

Dis­as­ter then struck Bed­dau as they saw Rhys Owens, for a tap on the head of an op­po­nent, and Tom Ox­en­derry, for com­ing in at the side of a ruck, sent to the sin-bin in quick suc­ces­sion.

It was in­evitable that the Ot­ters would take ad­van­tage and a try from prop Bradley Davies gave them a slen­der one-point vic­tory.

Pon­ty­pool strength­ened their place at the top with a 34-5 vic­tory over near­est ri­vals Ystrad Rhondda.

It took Pooler just nine min­utes to get off the mark as hooker Dar­ren Hughes went over for his first try for the club with Matthew Lewis con­vert­ing.

Lloyd Lewis added the next score cross­ing in the right corner to hand Pon­ty­pool a 12-0 lead at the break.

The pres­sure mounted in the sec­ond half as the Gwent out­fit built on their first-half lead and tries from lock Danny Hodge and Lloyd Lewis stretched the ad­van­tage.

Pooler’s Kieran Meek re­ceived a yel­low card for tack­ling a man with­out the ball but it mat­tered lit­tle as Aaron Quick added to a penalty try for the un­beaten lead­ers be­fore Kur­tis Wil­liams grabbed a con­so­la­tion try for the visitors.

Pooler’s day was made bet­ter af­ter third-placed Cardiff Met were beaten 25-20 at Maesteg Quins.

The only other game to go ahead saw Bedlinog beat Tata Steel 19-14 – their third win in four games.

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