2013 WRU British & Irish Cup Qualifying
Pontypridd 22 v 19 Cardiff
07 September 2013 - Sardis Road, Pontypridd

Match Report

Pontypridd 22 - Cardiff 19

Cardiff narrowly lost out in the play off for the British & Irish cup at Sardis Rd

It had started so well for the Blue & Blacks, early pressure saw them gain the upper hand in the possession stakes and it was no surprise when they took the lead. A rumble down the field by the forwards set up a position in the home twenty-two and when the ball was moved wide Luke Ford stabbed a kick through that bounced happily into Saipolu Uhi’s hands, the wing crashing over in the corner. Ceiron Thomas added the extras and was on target with a penalty a few minutes later to extend the lead.

Pontypridd struck back in what was the turning few minutes before half time. Simon Humberstone kicked their first points as the visitors lost a man to the bin for killing the ball. Three minutes later and Cardiff were reduced to thirteen, this time for a high tackle. The home side took full advantage and got themselves back to within a score. Full back Adam Thomas crossing, Humberstone adding the conversion. And Ponty nearly gained the lead when a rolling maul was stopped just short. The home side were awarded a penalty, but an infringement spotted by the touch judge meant that was reversed. Surprisingly though no card was produced.

The second half saw the home side come more into the game. Humberstone and Thomas exchanged penalties and Thomas added one more to extend the Blue & Black advantage. The home side though managed to cross to bring the scores closer when Wayne O’Connor went over from short range. A few minutes later and the had the lead when Chris Dicomidis went over. That gave Ponty a three point advantage that they held until the final whistle.

Attendance: 1500

Official : Neil Hennessy (Wales)

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