Tata end on a high after late run of good form
TATA Steel rounded off their WRU National Championship campaign with a narrow 29-26 win at Maesteg Quins last Saturday.
Dai Griggs bagged a brace for Tata while Lloyd Rogers, Scott Malone and Dalton Brown also dotted down.
Rogers added a conversion, while the other kick came from the boot of Chris Bowditch, affectionately nicknamed the Flying Squirrel, who came off the bench for a cameo in what is likely to be his last ever game.
Tata finish the season fifth in the table and it was comfortable in the end but, heading into the home game with Newbridge on March 2, they had slipped into the relegation zone after a run of six straight defeats.
However, a 15-12 win over Newbridge was the catalyst for a run of four straight wins, with Rhydyfelin, Narberth and Newcastle Emlyn also seen off as they pulled themselves away from the bottom four.
Trebanos were scheduled to be in action last night at home against relegated Rhydyfelin where a win would have ensured a sixth-place finish.
Trebanos lost 32-14 at champions Pontypool in their penultimate game last Saturday.
Pooler led 17-7 at the break thanks to tries from Scott Matthews and Joel Mahoney, both converted by Kieran Meek, who also landed a penalty.
Rob Jones went over for Trebanos, converted by Luke Griffiths.
The Swansea Valley side, having secured their own safety with a tense 17-15 win over Newcastle Emlyn the weekend before, came out all guns blazing for the second half and scored again when Steff Lewis crossed, again converted by Griffiths, to pull them back to within three points.
But that was as good as it would get as Martin Luckwell, on his 50th appearance, went over for a third Pooler try.
The bonus-point try was scored by Lewis Ball after receiving Ollie Drake’s pass, and the final say also went to man-of-the-match Ball, who dotted down for a fifth Pooler try after a powerful maul.
It means that for the second season in succession Pontypool have won all 22 of their league matches as they gear up for their forthcoming Premiership play-off against either Llanelli, Bedwas or Bridgend.
The final victory also came less than 72 hours after a 42-7 home triumph over relegated Rhydyfelin in their penultimate match.
The only outstanding fixture in the Championship will be played this Friday night between Ystrad Rhondda and Beddau.
A win for Ystrad will see them finish second.