2015/2016 Premiership Challenge Cup
Cardiff 30 v 44 Pontypridd
19 December 2015 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Match Report

Cardiff 30 Pontypridd 44

Cardiff lost out to Pontypridd for the second time in the Foster’s Challenge Cup at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.

In an entertaining game that totalled 74 points and 10 tries Ponty were first to register points.  A Blue & Black lineout near half way went astray and when the visitors moved the ball wide Bradley Coombes was able to find a way through to the line, Lewis K Williams added the conversion. Cardiff hit straight back though. A lineout close to the Pontypridd line was mauled to just short but Joe Tomlinson was on hand to plough over, Geraint Llewellyn added the two points.

A lineout of their own earned Ponty the next score, hookers were now making a habit of scoring as this time Huw Dowden crossed. From the kick off Cardiff got in a right mess. The visitors were on hand to pick up the loose ball and when they were stopped short of the line the recycled ball was moved wide for Dale Stuckey to score.

Cardiff got back into the game when Dafi Davies was binned. The sight of a second row on the charge is always a thing of beauty and when James Murphy went on a run to score the Arms Park faithful had been given an early Christmas present.

The second half didn’t start as well for the Blue & Black. A charged down kick gifted Ponty an early opportunity which they took as Shaun O’Rourke crashed over. Then came the try of the match as the Blue & Blacks tried to get back into the game. From their own twenty-two a gap in the Ponty defence opened up. Ceri Young burst through it and when he linked with James Loxton and Alex Jones the home side were in behind the Ponty defence. A couple of slick passes and Young was on hand to finish off the perfect backs move.  And it got even better for Cardiff as they claimed the lead, this time Ellis Wyn Benham was on the end of a sweeping move.

But Ponty were to have the last words as first a penalty try and a try by Ceri Sweeney gave them the win. Cardiff will be pleased with the performance if not the result as they head to Sardis Rd for Round three on Boxing Day.