Swansea
2012/2013 Principality Premiership
Swansea 13 v 36 Pontypridd
02 March 2013 - St Helen's, Swansea
Pontypridd

Match Report

Swansea 13 Pontypridd 36

League leaders Pontypridd put bottom side Swansea to the sword with a comfortable bonus point victory that never looked in doubt.

 

It was a bright start for the visitors when prop Chris Phillips and lock Chris Dicomidis linked up in midfield before centre Gavin Dacey failed to take a pass inside the Whites’ twenty-two.

 

The home side should have taken the lead on nine minutes after a good build up by the forwards saw Cameron Clement chip through only for the chasing Aled Jenkins to lose the ball forward over the line.

 

Pontypridd took the lead on 15 minutes when replacement hooker Huw Dowden charged through the middle to set up an attack. The backs then got the ball quickly out wide for Dacey to score. Simon Humberstone missed the conversion.

 

Clement had a chance to get three points on the board for his side after hands in the ruck by the Pontypridd forwards, but his attempt sailed well wide of the posts.

 

The visitors’ defence drove Jenkins backwards with a big hit but overzealous play saw them pile over the top of a maul and give away a penalty. However Clement again missed his attempt at goal.

 

Whites full back Richard Williams did well to save a certain try when Dicomidis hacked forward a loose ball into the twenty-two. Swansea did finally get their first points with a Clement penalty goal when the visitors crept offside at the breakdown.

 

Dicomidis and flanker Rhys Shellard linked up superbly in midfield showing some great handling skills but the ball was spilled forward on the line. Dowden was then held up over the line as Pontypridd piled on the pressure.

 

The visitors’ second try finally came a minute before the break when the pack drove their Swansea counterparts off the ball before second row Craig Locke picked up and drove over the line. Humberstone converted.

 

Half-time:-   Swansea   3   Pontypridd   12

 

Pontypridd stretched their lead to 12 points when the Swansea defence stepped offside. Humberstone kicked the penalty goal.  A couple of minutes later replacement full back Nicky Thomas cancelled out the penalty with one of his own after Pontypridd were caught offside in midfield.

 

The visitors responded immediately though when Dacey made a break through the middle and threw a pass out wide for Dowden to score a well taken try. Humberstone converted.

 

When Swansea collapsed a scrum Humberstone opted to kick to the corner but Whites replacement Jon Barley crucially stole the lineout. Centre Gary Williams then burst through the middle, leaving the Whites defence behind, to score a great solo try. Humberstone converted.

 

Four minutes later the visitors got their fifth try when the pack drove up to the line with Phillips claiming the score. Humberstone converted.

 

It was the All Whites who had the final say when pacey winger Rhys Williams picked up a loose ball inside his own twenty-two and beat four defenders to score a fantastic try. Thomas converted.

 

Full time:-   Swansea   13   Pontypridd   36

 

Attendance: 800

Star man: Chris Dicomidis

Referee: Tim Hayes

 

Swansea scorers:

 

Tries:-   Rhys Williams (80+1)

Cons:-   Thomas (80+2)

Pens:-   Clement (33), Thomas (44)

 

Pontypridd scorers:

 

Tries:-   Dacey (15), Locke (39), Dowden (46), G Williams (56), Phillips (60)

Cons:-   Humberstone (40, 42, 57, 61)

Pens:-   Humberstone (46)

 

Swansea team:

15 Richard Williams

14 Jamie Thomas (rep: Nicky Thomas 41)

13 Aled Jenkins

12 David Watts (rep: Ben Roberts 72)

11 Rhys Williams

10 Cameron Clement

9 Jake Cole

1 Matthew Norman (rep: Nicky Smith 60)

2 Scott Otten (rep: Ieuan Dobbs 53)

3 Ian Williams (rep: Aled Mason 60)

4 Ben Fox

5 Sam Kiley © (rep: Jon Barley 10)

6 Rob Dudley-Jones

7 James Bija

8 David Blyth

Replacements:

16 Ieuan Dobbs

17 Nicky Smith

18 Aled Mason

19 Jon Barley

20 James McKenna

21 Jon Preddy

22 Ben Roberts

23 Nicky Thomas

 

Pontypridd team:

15 Adam Thomas (rep: Geraint Walsh 67)

14 Chris Clayton

13 Gavin Dacey

12 Gary Williams

11 Owen Williams

10 Simon Humberstone (rep: Dai Flanagan 67)

9 Gareth James (rep: Lloyd Williams 63)

1 Chris Phillips

2 Darran Harris (rep: Huw Dowden 14)

3 Bradley Thyer

4 Craig Locke (rep: Jordan Sieniawski 53)

5 Chris Dicomidis ©

6 Ed Siggery

7 Rhys Shellard (rep: Wayne O’Connor 37)

8 Jake Thomas

 

Replacements:

 

16 Lloyd Williams

17 Dai Flanagan

18 Geraint Walsh

19 Huw Dowden

20 Wayne O’Connor

21 Jordan Sieniawski

22 Scott Roberts

23 Stuart Williams

 

 

Attendance: 800

Official : Tim Hayes (Wales)

Swansea Pontypridd
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