Principality Premiership Round-up (26/02/11)

1 Mar

Scott Sneddon's two penalties helped Cardiff scrape to victory

Cardiff RFC survived a second-half onslaught to grind out their fifth win in a row, when they saw off Tonmawr 11-7 at the Arms Park on Saturday.

The Blue and Blacks were left to ride out a nervy final spell, with a flurry of penalties for the visitors beyond the 80 minutes after left-wing Matthew John was sent to the bin for cynically slowing the game.

The home side looked stretched before Tonmawr winger Kristian Phillips floated his attempted cross field chip straight to the excellent Steve Taylor, who marked the ball and secured the win.

Earlier Cardiff had gone into an 11-0 half-time lead with two penalties from outside-half Scott Sneddon and a try from big second row Kris Barry, who muscled over after a sweeping move from inside the RFC half looked to have been snuffed out in the left corner.

Cardiff lacked physicality in the second period but resolute stands on their own line restricted Tonmawr to Warren Davies’ try, converted by Luke Richards.

Pontypridd extended their lead at the top of the division with a hard-fought 24-10 win over Bedwas.

Impressive Ponty number 8 Chris Dicomidis grabbed a 13th minute score before the hosts took control when wing Owen Williams scorched over.

Fly-half Dean Gunter slotted both conversions to put Pontypridd 14-0 up at the break.

Bedwas fought back in the second half and closed the gap to seven points with a converted try from Tom Cooper.

But the league-leaders held their nerve and sealed the victory through Williams second score and a penalty from replacement fly-half Simon Humberstone.

Number 8 Chris Dicomidis grabbed Pontypridd's first try

Carmarthen Quins
inflicted a five-try defeat on Llandovery to condemn their opponents to the foot of the table.

Wing duo Gareth Morgan and Ryan Llewellyn snared a brace apiece while Jason Howells added the other score. Full-back James Stephenson slotted nine points with the boot, while Mike Jacobs grabbed an injury-time consolation try for the Drovers.

Fly-half Rhys Jones inspired Newport to a 24-10 win over mid-table rivals Cross Keys.

He joined team-mate Gethin Robinson in touching down and also kicked 14 points for a personal 19-point haul.

The Black and Ambers were always in control having led 15-3 at the break, but scrum-half Ryan James added some respectability with the visitors’ only try.

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