Ponty Youth claim big win over St Peters


Ponty Youth claim big win over St Peters

Pontypridd Youth played host to St Peters Youth on Saturday 4th March and looked to build on their recent away win at Mountain Ash to maintain an outside chance of retaining their Blues A League crown.  

For this important fixture, Ponty Youth would be without their influential no8 Gruff Lloyd who had been called up to senior duty at Carmarthen Quins, and flanker Dafydd Smith who had to withdraw due to sickness.

Encounters between the two opposing teams had traditionally been close fought with both teams aiming to play open, flowing rugby. In the early exchanges it was St Peters who had the upper hand and claimed the first score as their captain broke through the Ponty midfield defence to score under the posts, with the try converted.  

The home team struck back five minutes later with a penalty to narrow the deficit to 3pts to 7. Both teams looked to put together phases of attack but guilty of indiscipline at the breakdown denying them any real momentum. It was towards the end of the first half that Ponty were able to achieve continuity and put Jordan Thomas in for a well work try under the posts.

Ponty struck twice again before the interval with Thomas going over in the corner for his second try, then following a defensive error by St Peters, Leon Davies pouncing on a loose ball to score, registering a half time home lead of 23pts to 7.

After the restart St Peters created a number chances but failed to finish them off. Ponty in turn started to play with more confidence and took every opportunity to put points on the board with Jordan Thomas completing his hat trick of tries half way through the second half. The home team continued in the ascendancy, putting further points on the board. Both teams were fully committed to playing open rugby right to the final whistle, with Ponty claiming an emphatic victory by 55pts to 7. 

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