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Pontypridd return to winning ways in the Welsh Indigo Premiership, as Llandovery make it four successive wins to stretch their lead at the top of the table.

After a heavy defeat against Newport the week prior, Pontypridd needed a quick response against an indifferent Swansea side. Despite starting the game strong, it was not without its hiccups. Ponty quickly went behind after an early try from Swansea, something the team were avoiding at all costs.

However, Ponty showed their grit by coming from behind to be ahead at half-time thanks to Josh Phillips converting two penalties. It was almost a carbon copy in the second half with Swansea taking the first points. Pontypridd didn’t let that phase them as Dale Stuckley, Joseph Scrivens and McCauley Rowley added three tries in the second half to seal the win and a four-try bonus point as the game ended 35 – 18. With the result lifting them above Swansea in the table, Ponty will aim to build on this win as they travel to play Aberavon on Saturday 18th November.

Elsewhere in the Indigo Welsh Premiership, Llandovery won a decisive game 37-21 against a strong Pontypool side who currently sit third on the table. With competition in the top four hotting up, every game is a must-win for Llandovery as they hope to retain their title.

Despite the win, Llandovery must maintain composure with them set to face second-place Newport on the 25th of November who are just behind Llandovery with four points separating the reigning champions.

Over in National League 2 North last weekend, Rotherham Titans faced Hull Ionians away from home. The Titans currently sit in second place on the table; only six points behind with a game in hand. With the title chase on it was a must-win game against Hull Ionians. Despite the home side scoring first through a penalty, the Titans struck back, finding some form in the game to go on and win it 24-49. Unfortunately for Titans, current league leaders Leeds Tykes bested Wharfedale the day prior to remain at the top of the table. The Titans are set for yet another difficult game on Saturday the 18th of November as they face fifth-place Hull.

Over in the Regional Midlands 2 West last weekend, Scimitar had both Worcester and Hereford in action away from home. It was however a weekend to forget for both Midlands 2 teams as Worcester were beaten despite tallying up a score of twenty-eight with the final score finishing 43-28 to Moseley Oak.

Similarly, Hereford were also unfortunate to lose their game with a strong performance from Newent, with the game finishing 43-14. Looking to the next round of fixtures, Hereford and Worcester will aim to return to winning ways as both teams return to play at their home grounds with Hereford facing Stratford Upon Avon and Worcester facing Newent.

In the Counties 2 Midlands West (East) last weekend it was a story of two extremes for Barkers Butts and Woodrush.

Barkers Butts have won five of their last six games with the team also being awarded an away team walkover against Old Wheatleyans. Barkers Butts faced a struggling Uttoxeter who had not won a game in their last four matches. Barkers Butts demonstrated their fine attacking and defending skills to win the game 0-40, further extending Uttoxeter’s winless streak. With the win against Uttoxeter, Barkers Butts now move up into first place in the Counties 2 Midlands West (East). They will aim to maintain their top-of-the-league position heading into their next game against Southam on Saturday the 18th of November.

It was however a different story altogether last weekend for Woodrush as they were beaten away from home by Claverdon with the game finishing in a resounding 67-0 victory for the home side. It will be a weekend to forget for Rush as they will look to get back to winning ways this week as they return home to face a strong Veseyans side on Saturday 18th November.

Finally, we head over to the Counties 2 Surrey as Chipstead faced middle of the table Old Wimbledonians. In what was a decisive win, Chipstead beat Old Wimbledonians 8-34 in the middle of the table clash. The win means that Chipstead now sits comfortably in fifth position, only two points behind Purely John Fisher and extending the gap to six points between them and Old Wimbledonians. Chipstead will now prepare to face Old Whitgiftian on Saturday 18th November.

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