2015/2016 Principality Premiership
Pontypridd 18 v 8 Cardiff
26 December 2015 - Sardis Road, Pontypridd

Match Report

Pontypridd 18 Cardiff 8

Cardiff lost out to Pontypridd for the third time in as many weeks as they lost a hard fought game at Sardis Rd.

Following an early morning pitch inspection, the game went ahead on a heavy pitch following several days of rain. The conditions though didn’t stop either side from playing some attacking rugby. Ponty went ahead from a penalty by Lewis K Williams early on but the Blue & Blacks had shown early enterprise and were only just held out as Olly Smyth went close early on. And that adventure was to lead to the first try. A lineout was driven at the heart of the home defence before Luke Ford made metres up the middle. When the ball was moved wide Tom Isaacs made room to allow Richard Smith to beat the last man to score. James Thomas added the conversion.

A season long issue was to haunt the Blue & Blacks again. Tomas Williams picked up a loose n=ball near the half way line and there looked to be little danger to Cardiff but the scrum half stepped his way through at least half the Cardiff side as tackling became optional. The scrum half eventually scoring under the posts, Lewis K Williams added the extras. Just before half time both sides were reduced to fourteen but not before the touch judge had to intervene as the referee had a case of mistaken identity.

The second half was a scrappy affair but both sides were trying to play. Cardiff had several chances to regain the lead but right at the vital moment the set piece seemed to fail, A couple of five metre lineouts went astray much to the delight of the home support. And Ponty scored their second try midway through the half. Cardiff had made a teal at a ruck but when the ball was passed back Tomas Williams was quickest to it and raced away to score. Lewis K Williams was again on target with the conversion and was to cruelly to take away Cardiff’s deserved bonus point when he landed a late penalty to give Ponty an 18 -8 win.

Attendance: 3200

Official : Sean Brickell (Wales)

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