Principality Premiership Round-up (12/2/11)

14 Feb

Neath joined long-time leaders Pontypridd at the top of the Principality Welsh Premiership following an impressive 48-18 drubbing of Bedwas.

The Welsh All Blacks ran in six tries with centre Gareth McCarthy claiming two. Fellow centre Luke Ford also touched down while Adam Whitney, Chris Morgans and Greg Evans crossed the whitewash.

James Thomas kicked 18 points while Tom Cooper and Sam Feenan grabbed consolation scores for the visitors.

Fly-half James Thomas kicked 18 points for second-placed Neath

Aberavon produced the performance of the day as they thrashed an under-strength Llanelli side 59-15 at The Talbot Athletic Ground. Wales Under-20 fly-half Matthew Jarvis was in sublime form as he added a try to six successful conversions and four penalties to claim 29 points.

Wing Richard Carter and flanker Adam Bray both scored two tries while Chris Lewis and Nathan Strong rounded off a sensational seven-try demolition.

Justin Jones and Jonny Lewis scored for Llanelli on a disappointing day for the third-placed side.

Wales under-20 fly-half Matthew Jarvis was again superb for Aberavon

At the bottom, Glamorgan Wanderers pushed Cross Keys hard but a series of yellow cards ultimately proved their downfall.

The Ely-based side lost three players to the sin-bin during the course of the game but were in contention up to the final quarter.

Cross Keys led 9-3 at the break following three Gareth David penalties but a charge-down try from Joe Xiberras drew the hosts to within a point.

But Wanderers lost flanker Reuben Thorne to the sin-bin in the second half and the visitors forward dominance proved decisive as number 8 Mark Popham barged over twice and wing Jamie Davies scored with the final play of the game to seal a 24-8 win.

Pontypool increased Carmarthen Quins relegation fears with a 27-11 win at Pontypool Park.

Full-back Geraint O’Driscoll claimed 17 points including a try while lock Sam Pailor added a superb 3rd minute individual score. Hooker Craig Attwell grabbed Pontypool’s other try while Jason Harris scored for the visitors.

Lastly, Swansea consolidated their fourth-place position with a 27-18 win at home to Newport. Fly-half James Dixon was star of the show again with 17 points made up of two penalties, three conversions and a try.

Philip Tucker and Richard Kelly bagged Swansea’s other two tries.

James Dixon claimed 17 points for Swansea against Newport

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