NATIONAL LEAGUE ROUND-UP
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.