Pontypridd kept up the pressure on Premiership leaders Llandovery with a convincing bonus point victory over Swansea.
Swansea full back Nicky Thomas was handed an early chance to kick his side into the lead when the Pontypridd defence failed to retreat ten metres from a tap penalty, but he pulled his effort wide of the posts.
It was the home side who were first on the board, after 14 minutes, when indecision by the Whites’ back three forced them to kill the ball. Lewis K Williams made no mistake with a successful penalty goal.
Scrum half Gareth James got his side’s opening try when he caught the visitors’ defence asleep and ran straight through a lineout to race home from 30 metres out. Lewis K Williams converted.
Three minutes later Pontypridd added a second try when a clever link up involving Tom Pascoe confused the Swansea defence and sent full back Geraint Walsh over for a try. Lewis K Williams converted.
The All Whites refused to let their opponents take complete control of the match and began to exert some pressure of their own. Centre Aled Jenkins made a rare line break and he found Thomas with a clever overhead pass, but the move broke down, despite good work by James McKenna.
Thomas got his side on the board inside first half injury time with a penalty goal when number eight Dan Godfrey was penalised for holding onto the ball after the tackle.
Half-time:- Pontypridd 17 Swansea 3
Just like the start of the first half, Thomas had an early chance to kick three points after the home side were guilty of crossing, but the full back again missed the target, this time from half way.
A good break by Dan Baker sparked an attack for Swansea, and he found winger Lewis Harrhy out wide, but the supporting Thomas had the ball ripped out of his hands and Pontypridd were able to clear.
The home side were soon back on top and a break by captain Dafydd Lockyer was backed up by powerful drives up front by Jordan Sieniawski and Craig Locke before the ball was floated out wide for Lewis I Williams to score in the corner. Lewis K Williams’ conversion attempt hit the post.
Pontypridd went on the hunt for a bonus point and when McKenna held on after the tackle Lewis K Williams opted to spurn an easy three points in favour of chipping into the corner. His decision paid off when Ed Siggery was driven over for a try from the lineout. Lewis K Williams converted to seal a well deserved victory.
Next up for Swansea is a home British and Irish Cup match against Dundee High while Pontypridd travel to Jersey in the same competition.
Full time:- Pontypridd 29 Swansea 3
Referee:- Simon Rees
Weather:- Sunny, 12C
Man of the match:- Ed Siggery
Tries:- James (18), Walsh (21), L I Williams (52), Siggery (60)
Cons:- L K Williams (19, 22, 61)
Pens:- L K Williams (14)
Pens:- Thomas (40+1)
15 G Walsh
14 L I Williams
13 D Lockyer
12 T Pascoe (rep: G Williams 51)
11 G Wyatt
10 L K Williams
9 G James (rep: J Raikes 33)
1 C Phillips (rep: K Jenkins 57)
2 D Harris (rep: H Dowden 49)
3 P Palmer (rep: S Williams 57)
4 C Locke (rep: C Dicomidis 66)
5 J Sieniawski
6 E Siggery
7 T Hetherington
8 D Godfrey (rep: O Sheppeard 57)
15 N Thomas
14 L Harrhy
13 A Jenkins (rep: C Shelmerdine 54)
12 B Roberts
11 J Cole
10 C Clement
9 J Preddy (rep: A Lewis 76)
1 A Mason (rep: N Smith 54)
2 I Dobbs (rep: S Otten 72)
3 J Rees (rep: I Williams 68)
4 J Barley
5 S Kiley
6 J Bija (rep: R Dudley-Jones 68)
7 J McKenna
8 D Baker
By Paul Hopkins