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Ebbw Vale and Pontypridd return to winning ways to claim their first points of 2024 with wins in the Indigo Welsh Premiership.

Pontypridd were back in action at Sardis Road this weekend after their narrow defeat last time out to the league leaders.

Ponty returned to winning ways in style, securing a huge bonus point victory against bottom-of-the-table Neath. Ponty opened up the scoring within just three minutes, and this would set the precedent of the game as they maintained the pressure with them securing the bonus point by the 34th minute.

It was a dominant result for the Valley Commandos in the end as they emerged 48-10 thanks to tries from Harvey Nash, Liam Lloyd, Ben Burnell, Joe Miles, Sion Parry, Cally James, Garyn Smith, and Kristian Parker. Pontypridd will prepare to face Bridgend this weekend who currently sit 8 points below Ponty.

Elsewhere in the Welsh Premiership Ebbw Vale travelled to North Wales to face RGC last weekend who currently sit 11th place in the table. Despite RGC tallying a total of 14 points it just wasn’t enough as the Steelmen joined Ponty in winning their first fixture of 2024 thanks to tries from Ethan Phillips, Morgan Davies, Dom Franchi, and Ieuan Morris as the game ended RGC 14 – Ebbw Vale 35.

The bonus point victory means that Ebbw Vale maintain their second-spot position in the Welsh Premiership. Despite the win, the Steelmen will be preparing for the weekend as they will aim to get the double over league leaders Llandovery as they travel to face them. Llandovery will be well rested and ready for a challenge as their only defeat this campaign has come from the hands of Ebbw Vale.

The Rotherham Titans were back this weekend as they faced Lymm in their bid to reach the top of the National League 2 North. As expected a dominant Rotherham side maintained possession for large periods of the game with a stubborn Lymm side fighting back. Rotherham however showed their class with the Titans outscoring Lymm by 5 tries to 3 with a total of 11 points being added from the tee.

Rotherham have Jack Bergmanas, Jack Taylor, Harry Newborn, Callum Bustin, and Lloyd Hayes to thank for their points tally for the day with the fixture ending Lymm 22 – Titans 36. It’s another win and another bonus point for Rotherham who are now just 6 points away from the league leaders, Leeds Tykes. Titans will hope for more of the same this weekend as they will go toe-to-toe with Huddersfield away from home.

Over in the Regional 2 Midlands West league last weekend Scimitar had both Hereford and Worcester in action. It was a mixed bag of results for the two sides as Hereford made it two consecutive league wins in 2024 as they beat Cheltenham 29-19 to make it 45 points in 15 games so far this season. Hereford will aim to make it three on the bounce on the 27th of January as they prepare to play Ludlow.

However unfortunately it was more bad news for Worcester last weekend as they travelled to play Silhillians. Silhillians dominantly beat Worcester with the game finishing 49-10. The loss means that Worcester remain in 11th place with a total of 11 points. Worcester will look to make a comeback on the 27th of January as they return to the league to play Cheltenham at home.

Elsewhere it was another disappointing result for Worcester Women this weekend as they travelled to play Kenilworth Women. Kenilworth stunned Worcester in a confident home display with the game finishing 60-7. Worcester Women will look to climb the table on the 27th of January with them scheduled to face West Park Leeds Ladies at home.

Barkers Butts did it again last weekend as they beat a middle-of-the-table Claverdon, winning 23-17. The win means that Barkers Butts have now won a total of 10 consecutive league games with the added extra of an AWO. The win also means that they now sit 6 points clear at the top of the league with 2nd place Veseyans dropping points against Coventrians. Barkers Butts will now look for more of the same as they face Veseyans away from home on Saturday the 20th with the hopes of extending the gap between first and second.

Elsewhere Woodrush faced Coalville last weekend in the Counties 2 Midlands West (East). Unfortunately for Woodrush it just wasn’t their day as the home side were beaten 10-53 by the travelling team. Woodrush have a solid opportunity to push up the table this weekend as they face Old Wheatleyans who currently sit 4 points behind in 11th.

Chipstead proved yet again that they possess the quality to go to the top of the Counties 2 Surrey leaderboard as they dispatched a decent Purely John Fisher side 35-10. The victory means that Chipstead are now undefeated in their last 8 games leading them to sit comfortably in third place with first and second now firmly in their sights.

Chipstead have the opportunity to close the gap this weekend as they will face Old Rutlishians who are currently sitting in second place, 6 points ahead of Chipstead.

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