NA­TIONAL LEAGUE ROUND-UP

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BEDDAU en­sured they would not be bot­tom of the WRU Na­tional Cham­pi­onship ta­ble on Christ­mas Day af­ter a 21-0 vic­tory over newly pro­moted Maesteg Quins.

Cody Baker led the way with a two-try haul, while Cor­rie Tarantino also went over. They were un­able to find a fourth try that would have added a bonus point to their to­tal, but two Hy­wel Chatham penal­ties meant they sealed a first win in five games.

New­cas­tle Em­lyn re­placed them at the bot­tom af­ter they were beaten 32-13 by fourth-placed Nar­berth.

At the top, Pon­ty­pool thrashed New­bridge 52-0 to com­plete an un­beaten league sched­ule in 2018 and move 16 points clear.

Jor­dan Thomas stole the show with a su­perb hat-trick, while Mar­tin Luck­well touched down twice.

Lewis Prothero, Ol­lie Drake and Michael He­bert added fur­ther tries, with Kieran Meek kick­ing five con­ver­sions and Matthew Lewis adding a sixth.

Cardiff Met came out on top in their se­cond-ver­sus-third clash with Ystrad Rhondda.

The Stu­dents were clear 48-5 win­ners and that saw them leapfrog Ystrad, who had Jay Har­ris sent off, into se­cond place.

Luke North­more and An­drew Nurse were both at the dou­ble, while Chris Lewis, Brad Denty and Zach Clow joined them on the score­sheet.

Fly-half Rus­sell Ben­nett added the rest with his boot.

Kur­tis Wil­liams claimed Ystrad’s con­so­la­tion try.

Else­where, Tre­banos ended their five-game los­ing run with a hard­fought 33-27 tri­umph at Tata Steel.

Rhys Thomas, Robert Jones, Tom Dew, Ed Couzens and Josh Fer­ri­man en­sured Tre­banos took max­i­mum points, while Kris­tian Jones added four con­ver­sions.

Tata hit back through Geraint Llewellyn, St­eff Stone, Mor­gan Wil­liams and Dai Griggs, while Cal­lum Brick­nell kicked five points and Dan Guarneri added an ad­di­tional two.

The other game saw Bedlinog’s trip to Rhy­dyfe­lin post­poned.

In WRU Na­tional Bowl ac­tion, Pen­tyrch booked their place in round five with a 29-24 vic­tory over Bar­goed II.

Pen­tyrch’s last com­pet­i­tive game was back in Oc­to­ber 27 – a 17-7 win over Gw­ernyfed in round three of the Bowl – but they showed no signs of rusti­ness as they crashed over four times.

Nathan Wil­liams led the way with an ex­cel­lent dou­ble, while Ethan Wil­liams and Ethan Denty added two other tries.

Rhys Lynch wrapped up the scor­ing from the tee with three con­ver­sions and a penalty to set up a fifth-round clash with Peny­graig.

Aber­gavenny also edged into the next round with a nar­row 9-7 tri­umph at Tre­har­ris.

A Barry John Gwynne try and a Lloyd Ben­nett con­ver­sion looked set to give Tre­har­ris a 7-6 vic­tory af­ter Rod Web­ster had booted two penal­ties for Aber­gavenny.

But academy star Nathan Wil­liams stepped up to the plate with 12 min­utes on the clock to kick the penalty that sent Aber­gavenny into the next round.

Aber travel to Llan­hil­leth in Jan­uary for a place in quar­ter-fi­nals.

Pon­ty­clun thrashed Tre­de­gar Iron­sides 41-17 to se­cure a last-16 tie with RTB Ebbw Vale.

Blaina and Pyle clash on Jan­uary 2 for the right to face Nant­garedig in round five.

Mean­while, in the WRU Na­tional Plate, it was a close en­counter be­tween Pen­coed and Seven Sis­ters, with the for­mer just about claim­ing a 23-22 vic­tory.

Ieuan John touched down twice for Sis­ters along­side John Ap­good and a penalty try, but it wasn’t enough for a place in round four.

Pen­coed will take on Tre­orchy in the next round with hold­ers Bryn­mawr host­ing Re­sol­ven and 2017 cham­pi­ons Pe­nallta trav­el­ling north to take on Pwll­heli.

Rum­ney’s game with Bre­con was once again called off due to the weather so they are due to face each other in the new year with the win­ner go­ing up against Rhi­w­bina in round four.

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