Pontypridd
2013/2014 Principality Premiership
Pontypridd 25 v 8 Cardiff
26 December 2013 - Sardis Road, Pontypridd
Cardiff

Match Report

Pontypridd 25 Cardiff 8

Cardiff lost the second regional derby of the season in front of a healthy crowd at Sardis Rd.

In a typical start to a match between Cardiff and Ponty both sides went at each other from the start, the home side getting the better of the opening exchanges but no points arrived during a frenetic first ten minutes.

The home side did eventually turn the pressure into points. Running the ball out of defence a break by centre Geriant Walsh saw him link up with Owen Williams, sevens specialist and former Blue & Black Rhys Shellard was on hand to finish off the move, Simon Humberstone converting. And that lead was doubled when another break saw hooker Tom Hetherington crash over, Humberstone again on target with the extras.

Cardiff had several chances to hit back, superb running by Will Thomas from full back nearly ending with a try in the corner for James Loxton. Cerion Thomas had an opportunitie from the kicking tee, but was wide, his replacement, Jack Maynard though was on target with his first effort of the afternoon to leave the score at half time 14-3 to the home side.

The second half was a scrappy affair. Both sides wanted to play but the constant whistle and a heavy ground did little to help. Cardiff brought themselves back into the game in the opening ten minutes. Will Thomas again finding space and running hard before popping a pass to Loxton who finished superbly between two defenders. Maynard added the conversion.

But that was to be the last score from the home side, Humberstone added two penalties to extend the home side’s advantage, and a try by James Howe with the final play of the game gave the scoreboard a more flattering view for the home crowd.

Attendance: 3800

Official : Nigel Owens (Wales)

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