2014/2015 Principality Premiership
Pontypridd 36 v 0 Newport
21 April 2015 - Sardis Road, Pontypridd

Match Report

Pontypridd 36 Newport RFC 0 (HT:19-0)

Newport MOM : Adam Frampton

This was always going to be a tough ask for the B&A’s with the squad down to its bare bones. The original line-up already had 3 players on permit before the back-row was decimated with Lampitt and Feehan dropping out due to injury and captain Ollie Griffiths pulled out due to Dragons.

On the other hand Pontypridd were able to field a very strong team with players who had experience with the Blues Region.  That said there was plenty of effort from the Newport team and they often put the home side under pressure with the pack going well in the first quarter but as so often this season they were let down by basic errors, turning the ball over etc and there appeared to be little cutting edge mid-field.

Perhaps the match was summed up in the 2nd half when for a long period aftyer half-time they secured a lot of ball and pressurised the Ponty line but they could not get over and a mistake allowed Ponty to kick down field, chased and score a try completely against the run of play. They conceded a penalty try on 73 mins for a high tackle by wing Nightingale who was yellow-carded and the visiting supporters feared the worse but to their credit they kept rampaging Pontypridd out for the last 10 mins and prevented any further score.

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Iwan Gabe Davies, SWA writes :

The  feelgood factor of Newport's encouraging 22-21 victory over Llandovery last week evaporated after they went down to a humiliating defeat at the hands of reigning double champions Pontypridd. Ponty warmed up for their treble Principality Premiership and Swalec Cup double quest against the bottom of the table Black and Ambers with a fairly routine triumph. For Newport, the end of a horrendous season can't come quickly enough as they finish this campaign as the league's worst side. The enormous gulf between the two sides was there for all to see. It took Ponty just 4 mins to get off the mark when hooker Huw Dowden crashed over for a try converted by Simon Humberstone. The hosts utterly dominated but were held out by the Black and Ambers until the 28th min when No 8 Dan Godfrey went over for an unconverted touchdown from a scrum five against 14-man Newport after tight-head Alex Jeffries was sin binned for collapsing the set piece. Their third try came four minutes before the interval when centre and skipper Dafydd Lockyer tore through the opposition with ease, Humberstone adding the extras. Ponty were full value for their 19-0 half-time and it could have been more had their lineout functioned better.

Newport started the second half well, putting pressure on the hosts' tryline. But it was the home side who scored next when wing Lewis I Williams got their bonus point fourth try from a breakaway in the 50th min.It continued to be one-way traffic after a sparkling unconverted try by scrum half Lloyd Williams after some slick handling by the backs saw Ponty extend their lead to 29-0 with a quarter of an hour to go. A penalty try followed with ten minutes to go, Newport wing Barney Nightingale also getting a yellow card.

Pontypridd scorers: Tries: Dowden (4), Godfrey (28), Lockyer (36), Lewis I Williams (50), Lloyd Williams (68), Penalty try (72), Conversions: Humberstone (5, 37, 73) Referee : Ben Whitehouse (WRU)


Attendance: 1100

Official : Ben Whitehouse (Wales)

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