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Your News Ponty power their way to the Youth Cup Final
10
MAR

Pontypridd Youth reached the Welsh National

Cup Final with a hard fought 13pts to 5 victory over Aberavon Quins

in the semi final round played at Pontyclun on Saturday 7th

March.

With previous round victories over Cwmbran, Llanishen, St Peters

and Nantyffyllon, the semi final was a huge test against an

unbeaten Aberavon Quins who currently lead the Ospreys A

league.

Pontypridd put the Quins under early pressure with an aggressive

defence forcing the opposition to concede numerous penalties one of

which enabled outside half Zac Byard to open the scoring. With the

majority of the game played in Quins' territory the Pontypridd

forwards were dominating possession and mid way through the first

half the breakthrough came. Swift hands along the back line looked

to put Joe Davies in enough space to touch down, but with the cover

defence rushing across a step inside allowed full back Cody Baker

to loop around the winger and dive over in the corner.

Further Ponty pressure kept the Quins confined to their half and

unable to threaten a score other than a long range kick at goal

which failed to hit the target, keeping the half time score 8-0 to

Pontypridd.

In the second half with the wind behind them Pontypridd were in

full confidence. However the Quins half time talk had fired them

into action as they started with momentum and looked to put

pressure on the Ponty pack. An outstanding defence managed to keep

the Quins at bay, with Pontypridd starting to use their

replacements to bolster their ranks. It was again mid way through

the half when a loose Quins kick was gathered and slick handling

put wing Joe Davies in enough space to chip over the last defender

and win the race for the touchdown, the try going

unconverted.

The Quins refused to accept defeat, again putting the Ponty defence

under continual pressure and with two minutes remaining on the

clock finally crossed in the corner, to bring the score 13-5. With

the officials playing an additional four minutes, nerves were on a

knife edge until the last play was signalled and a penalty awarded

to Ponty allowing the ball to be kicked dead. It was then that the

celebrations of a trip to the Millennium Stadium begun.

This was a great achievement for Pontypridd Youth and a National

Cup final now awaits against Penallta.  A big vote of thanks

is due to Pontyclun RFC who hosted the semi final tie and made both

teams and their supporters welcome.

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