Ebbw Vale stay ahead of Newport RFC with a huge 73 – 5 win as they demolished a travelling Neath side at the Ciner Community Glass Stadium while Ponty celebrated 400 appearances for Chris Dicomidis.
Ebbw Vale remain 2nd place in the Indigo Premiership after dominantly secured victory against bottom-of-the-table Neath. The Steelmen dictated the pace from the start, leaving no room for Neath to retaliate as the game came to a close at 73-5 to the Steelmen. With this commanding win, Ebbw Vale head into a break, gearing up for their next fixture against Bridgend on February 17th.
Elsewhere, Pontypridd returned to winning ways as they bested a strong Pontypool side who sit just above Ponty on the table. Ponty pushed ahead in the first half to assert their pressure on the game thanks to some strong scrums, mauling their way to a third try within the first 40 minutes.
Ponty had a comfortable lead as they started the second half, and quickly extended their lead in the second half as Pools’ Pat Lewis was brandished a yellow card. Pontypool changed their game soon after thanks to the introduction of a new front row, it soon paid off as they dotted down for their 2nd try of the day.
Despite the Pontypool comeback, Pontypridd showcased some fine rugby yet again as they secured their bonus point in the 53rd minute thanks to Rob Jones. With Pontypool applying the pressure it was down to Ponty to defend their lead. The Valley Commandos dug in to grind out the victory as the game finished 29-26. Ponty now head into their break in 6th position with their next game coming on Thursday the 29th of February against Newport (a game that will be shown live on S4C and the Scimitar Custom Facebook page).
Finally in the Welsh Premiership, we head over to North Wales as league leaders Llandovery travelled to face 11th-place RGC who have been struggling for victories so far this season. Once again it is no surprise that the Drovers started the game off strong as they opened up the scoring in in 11 minutes, thanks to Harri Doel’s try and Loan Hughes’ conversion.
The Drovers went on to extend their lead to 19 points by the 24th minute before RGC struck back, managing to break Llandovery’s defence Sam Willians dotted down to score whilst Sam Earl-Jones converted a minute later.
As the game continued it was more of the same as Llandovery continued to add to their tally whilst RGC managed to break down the Drovers on occasion to stay in the game. As the game entered it’s final stages, Llandovery secured the points as they went 19 points clear of the home side, with the game finishing 21-40. Despite the result, it was a solid performance from RGC with them pushing the reigning champs for the full 80 minutes.
Llandovery will need to quickly re-focus as they travel to face a playoff-hunting Cardiff RFC on Thursday the 1st of February.
Across the border we go to Rotherham, who were back in action last weekend as they returned to Clifton Lane to welcome Tynedale in the National League 2 North. It was a game of two halves as Rotherham dominated play in the first but to no avail with fans waiting until the 39th minute for the scoring to be opened by Rotherham’s Luke Cole.
Rotherham quickly set the scene for the second half as they were back on the board within 2 minutes thanks to Loma Kivalu. The floodgates were open as Rotherham added their 3rd try of the game shortly after with a flurry of points coming in succession. Tynedale made their breakthrough in the latter stage of the game as they claimed a well-deserved consolation try despite the Titans going on to win the game 42-7.
Rotherham will now enjoy a small break of their own wbefore they visit Fylde on Saturday 10th February.
Elsewhere last weekend, Worcester and Hereford were competing in the Regional 2 Midlands West league. Worcester’s relegation woes took another hit as they were beaten 57-14 by a Cheltenham side, spurred on by their home crowd. The loss means that Worcester remain in 11th place with just 11 points so far this season.
It was a similar story for Hereford last week as they travelled to face Ludlow. Despite tallying a total of 10 points it just wasn’t enough as they were beaten 17-10. Worcester will face the same opponent next week as they will also travel to face Ludlow away whilst Hereford return home to face Stow-on-the-Wold.
Another Worcester team were in action at the same time last weekend as Worcester Women were narrowly beaten at home by West Park Leeds Ladies with the game finishing 21-22. Worcester Women are straight back in action this weekend as they travel to play Barnsley Ladies.
Barkers Butts’ winning streak came to an end last weekend as they faced 3rd place Coventrians away from home. Coventrians managed a narrow win, beating Barkers Butts 22-15. Despite the loss they still sit at the top of the table 2 points clear. They will return this weekend as they prepare to face Old Wheatleyans at home.
Elsewhere Woodrush returned to winning ways as they beat Uttoxeter 18-27. This is their first win since beating Uttoxeter at home back in October. They will now hope to build on this as they return home this weekend to face Walsall II.
As we head over to the Counties 2 Surrey last weekend it was Chipstead that were being put under pressure as their winning streak came to an end thanks to Old Haileyburians as they were beaten by the home side 14-17. Despite the loss, Chipstead are still in 3rd place and will look to further secure their position as they prepare to face Law Society this weekend.
Lastly, we take a look at the BUCS Super League last week as Swansea University Rugby faced Nottingham away from home. In a game that was full of points, it was Nottingham that came out on top, winning the game 57-40. Swansea will however take positives from the performance and look to build from it as they prepare to face Exeter in round 13 on the 31st of January.
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