Principality Premiership round-up

20 Mar

Cardiff RFC observe a minutes silence at the Arms Park for victims of Japan earthquake

Cardiff RFC moved back into sixth in the Principality Premiership with a crushing 42-16 win over a woeful Newport RFC.

The Blue and Blacks feasted on six tries, with only their own sloppiness preventing them from adding more. Dan Godfrey, who again shone for the home-side, opened and closed the RFC scoring, and once the wrecking ball Number 8 had smashed over in the third minute for his first of two tries on the day, Cardiff looked on their way to victory.

Newport had somehow lead at the 20 minute mark, Gareth Bowen landing a couple of tidy penalties, but this turned out to be the exception not the rule on the day.

Rudderless in attack and flakey in defence, the visitors made a mockery of their loftier league standing. In fact at times it became farcical with their own vocal travelling support livid as wild passes and ridiculous ill discipline (they were marched 40 yards for just back-chat penalties) smeared their performance.

Cardiff on the other hand had that ruthless streak which has puntuated their post-christmas rise up the standings.

Godfrey smashed them on to the front, whilst Scott Sneddon had his best game of the season so far, kicking beautifully both off the tee and out of hand, and steering the side around the park.

Outside-centre Richard Simth went in untouched for his two scores, whilst wing Matthew  John and prolific full-back Steve Taylor completed the rout, with 12 points from the boot of Sneddon.

League-leaders Pontypridd thrashed second bottom Llandovery 41-3 as Matthew Nuthall grabbed a brace of tries in a six-try romp.

The result means Llandovery remain just two points ahead of capital city side Glamorgan Wanderers, albeit with three games in hand.

Second-placed Neath kept up the pressure on Ponty with a brilliant second half comeback at Swansea.

They trailed 12-3 at the break before a four-try burst in the second half, including two from win Chris Morgans, eased them to a 35-15 derby triumph.

Play-off chasing Llanelli and Aberavon both slipped to shock defeats at Pontypool and Cross Keys respectively.

Full-back Geraint O’Driscoll proved the match winner for Pontypool for the second consecutive week, bagging 21 points in a thrilling 46-40 victory.

Cross Keys turned on the style in the second half to move from a narrow 15-10 lead at the interval to a full-time 41-10 triumph against fourth-placed Aberavon.

Carmarthen Quins all but ensured their Premiership status with a 26-21 win at Bedwas.

Ely-based Glamorgan Wanderers face a crucial week in their battle to beat the drop as they travel to Swansea tonight (Tuesday) before hosting Bedwas on Saturday.


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