Saturday, 1 December 2012

Welsh Premiership Friday Night Round Up

Cross Keys heaped more woe on basement boys Swansea at Pandy Park as the Keys swept to a bonus point 48-0 drubbing of the visitors.
Byron Hayward’s tenure as successor to Mark Ring got off to a positive start as his accomplished new charges ran in six tries against the hapless All Whites.
Fly half Steffan Jones provided the inspiration for the hosts notching up 28 points, completing a penalty hat-trick inside 22 minutes before crossing for the first Keys converted try, after Gareth David had charged down an attempted Swansea clearance.
Having established a 16 point cushion, Rob Nash’s men were kept at bay until two minutes before half time, when a neat attack down the right flank paved the way for hooker Gerwyn Price to crash over and Jones to add the extra points.
It was more of the same after the interval as Jones again took centre stage to charge down a kick and cross under the posts for a third converted Keys touchdown.
The hosts racked up further tries from Dorian Jones, replacement lock Sean Higgins and a second by Price, with Jones adding a fourth penalty to complete a landslide victory.
Neath fly-half Dai Langdon kept the visitors' scoreboard ticking over
Neath once again showed their battling qualities as they recorded back to back wins for the first time this season to complete a league double over Carmarthen Quins with a 17-12 triumph.
A second half touchdown from winger Elliot Jones proved to be the difference in the end, in a match dominated by boot.
In a tight contest, Quins’ Jack Maynard and Neath’s Dai Langdon exchanged penalties as the scores were tied 6-6 at the break.
Jack Maynard clears Carmarthen's lines.
After the interval it was very much a shoot out between the two fly halves, as Maynard kicked his side into a 12-9 lead and the Welsh All Blacks were reduced to 14 with John Leyshon being sent to sit on the sidelines for ten minutes for a technical offence.
With the odds against them, however, Neath struck through speedster Jones turning the match on its head as he crossed for a blistering try outwide to put the visitors back in front.
Strong defence: Neath halt Rheon James in his tracks
Neath will be pleased with the way they closed the match out with Langdon adding his fourth penalty late on to condemn Quins to two successive narrow defeats at home.

Bedwas went clear at the top of the Premiership thanks to a convincing 30-9 win over Gwent rivals Newport at the Bridge Field.

Replacement fly half Ethan Davies bagged 17 points through five penalties and a conversion.
Matthew Pewtner touched down and Bedwas were awarded a penalty try converted by Richard Powell who subsequently went off to make way for Davies.
Scott Sneddon landed two penalties for Newport and Tom Hancock one.

Reigning champions Pontypridd ominously moved up to second in the table as they overcame early pacesetters Llandovery 19-12 at Church Bank

Huw Dowden scored the only try of the match in a tense affair and the rest of Ponty’s points came from the boot of Dai Flanagan. who kicked a conversion and four penalties.
All of the Drovers' points were contributed by James Garland, who landed four penalties, as they salvaged a losing bonus point.

Llanelli meanwhile maintained their unbeaten run at Parc y Scarlets in the league as they saw off strugglers Aberavon 26-11.
It was a case of keeping up with the Joneses and the Wizards failed that test, as scrum half Ryan Jones danced his way over before the break, while Dion Jones showed some deft football skills to dribble his way over, and Owen Williams once again impressed as he bagged 16 points through four penalties and two conversions.
 Aberavon, who have now gone five games without a victory, did score a consolation try eight minutes from time as flanker Chris Davies was driven over from a five-metre lineout.

Finally, Cardiff did just enough to see off visitors Bridgend at the Arms Park edging to a 19-16 success.


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