Wil­liams holds his nerve as Ponty get tight win

The Rugby Paper - - Principality Premiership - By LYN­DON EDNEY Star man Lewis Wil­liams - Pon­typridd

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

The vis­it­ing out­side half held his nerve to land four out of his six kicks at goal to steal the win and take full ad­van­tage of league lead­ers 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 upright to win the game in dra­matic fash­ion.

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 ten min­utes later to open the scor­ing for the hosts.

Winger Corey How­ells then in­jected some pace and power into the back­line to score a try for the visi­tors on 25 min­utes, which Wil­liams con­verted.

Yet by the half-time 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 the in­ter­val to give his side a six point lead.

How­ever, Ponty had the wind in their favour in the sec­ond half and Wil­liams hit the mark with two of three shots at goal to level the scores at 13-13.

There was lit­tle sep­a­rat­ing the sides as the clock ticked away, with both de­fences re­main­ing on top, but re­lent­less pres­sure even­tu­ally told for the visi­tors as they earned a penalty and Wil­liams re­mained calm un­der to pres­sure to win the game.

The re­sult means Ponty are within touch­ing dis­tance of Merthyr at the top, while Car­marthen re­main in mid-ta­ble ahead of their trip to the league lead­ers next week­end.

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