South Wales Echo



JAMES Davies had the chance to be a hero for Swansea with a lastgasp conversion but saw his attempt to improve half-back partner Owen Thomas’ second try of the game drift narrowly wide.

It meant Pontypridd were able to leave St Helen’s with a singlepoin­t victory, 25-24, to make it four wins in the row in the Indigo Group Premiershi­p. It also allowed them to move up three places into fourth in the table.

“It was a frustratin­g game for us as we looked good at times. The interpreta­tion of certain aspects within the game was inconsiste­nt, which made things hard work,” said Ponty coach, Justin Burnell.

“We had the upper hand for much of the match and never really changed the things we were doing, but started getting penalised for those same things, which was really frustratin­g.

“It’s a win on the road, though, and we’ve now won five league games, which we are happy with. We now look forward to a home game against Llanelli followed by a couple of really big away games against RGC and Cardiff.”

Ponty drew first blood with a try after Cally James stole the ball and quick hands created space for Jac Davies to cross. James Davies replied with a penalty for the home side, but the power of the Ponty pack told when Joe Miles was able to pick up at a five-metre scrum and crash over.

Indiscipli­ne then let down the visitors as James Davies landed three more penalties to make it 12-12, but Ieuan Morris went over for a third Ponty to put them back in front from a line-out. Dale Stuckey added the extras.

A scrum penalty for the home side saw Thomas make the most of a quick tap and go and his try was converted by James Davies to level things up once again at 19-19. It was nip and tuck all the way through, although when Tom Northy was shown the yellow card at a scrum it gave Ponty an opening.

Jake Lloyd kicked a long-range penalty and then added a second when the Whites strayed offside at a ruck. Then came Thomas’ lastgasp score that gave Davies the chance to become a hero, but his aim wasn’t quite good enough and Ponty held on.

The game between Ebbw Vale and Bridgend at Eugene Cross Park was postponed due to front row issues at the Ravens.

A statement from Bridgend said: “By mutual agreement of both clubs, the game at Ebbw Vale was postponed on health and safety grounds following front-row unavailabi­lity at the Ravens. Bridgend have been left with no fit tight-head props, with all options exhausted with injuries and positive Covid cases hampering the Ravens’ selection.

“Bridgend are thankful to our local partner clubs, the Ospreys and our fellow Premiershi­p clubs for their efforts in sourcing permit players to help fulfil the fixture.

“We’d like to thank Ebbw Vale for their understand­ing and we will announce a rearranged date for the fixture in due course.”

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