PONTY MAKE QUINS PAY FOR IN­DIS­CI­PLINE

Llanelli Star - - Rugby -

CAR­MARTHEN Quins were left kick­ing them­selves for their sec­ond-half in­dis­ci­pline that al­lowed Lewis Wil­liams to kick Pon­typridd to a nar­row vic­tory.

“The most ob­vi­ous area where we lost the game is in­dis­ci­pline,” said Quins head coach Emyr Phillips. “The most frus­trat­ing part of that is it is some­thing we can con­trol.

“The main talk­ing point af­ter the game was our sec­ond-half penalty count, which was up near 10. When you play against teams like Ponty, who are good at stran­gling the game, you can’t give that many away in one half and ex­pect to win.

“That was the frus­trat­ing thing. We were los­ing field po­si­tion and mo­men­tum and that is some­thing we def­i­nitely need to ad­dress.

“We couldn’t get our game go­ing be­cause of those penal­ties and couldn’t get any de­cent field po­si­tions. The games we are los­ing at the mo­ment we are giv­ing away too many easy points.”

Ponty out­side-half Wil­liams held his nerve to land four out of his six kicks at goal to steal the win and take full ad­van­tage of Merthyr’s de­feat to cut the gap at the top of the ta­ble to a mere five points.

Wil­liams stepped up five min­utes from time to kick a 45-me­tre kick at goal with a help­ing hand from the left-hand post to win the game.

Aled Thomas got the chance to open the scor­ing with less than two min­utes on the clock af­ter the first of a string of Ponty penal­ties, but the for­mer Scar­lets full-back was wide of the mark with that one be­fore nail­ing a 35-me­tre shot 10 min­utes later to open the scor­ing.

Wing Corey How­ells in­jected some pace and power into the back line to score a try for the vis­i­tors which Wil­liams con­verted. Yet by the break it was the Quins who were on top thanks to a su­per solo try from Wales Un­der-18 cen­tre Osian Knott.

Thomas con­verted and then kicked a sec­ond penalty on the stroke of half-time to give his side a six-point lead. Ponty had the wind in the sec­ond half and Wil­liams hit the mark with two of three shots at goal to level the scores at 13-13 be­fore land­ing his late win­ner.

As the penal­ties mounted against the Quins so tight-head prop Ja­van Se­bas­tian saw yel­low, but his team­mates en­sured the score­line didn’t change while he was on the side­lines.

When he did re­turn he saw Wil­liams whis­tle an­other penalty at­tempt from a wide an­gle just past the posts, and go­ing into the fi­nal quar­ter it was still any­one’s game.

The Ponty pack did to the home side what they had done in the first half and dom­i­nated ter­ri­tory and posses­sion and the kick­ing game from the vis­i­tors was much more ef­fec­tive than that of the Quins.

As hard as Haydn Pugh and his home pack tried to break the sec­ond­half stran­gle­hold im­posed by the Ponty pack, they sim­ply ran out of steam and paid the price.

Llan­dovery Ju­nior Drovers Un­der-12s beat Burry Port 25-7 in the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Car­marthen­shire Cup. The away team scored within the first five min­utes, but that was their only suc­cess. Ioan Thomas, Sion Jones, Guto Price and Theo Ayling scored tries for Llan­dovery.

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