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Pontypridd Seal Cup Quarter-Final Place After Defeat Of Scottish

Pontypridd Seal Cup Quarter-Final Place After Defeat Of Scottish

Pontypridd sealed their place in the B&I Cup quarter-finals after seeing off London Scottish 25-17 this afternoon in a hard fought clash at Richmond Athletic Ground.

Pontypridd sealed their place in the B&I Cup quarter-finals after seeing off London Scottish 25-17 this afternoon in a hard fought clash at Richmond Athletic Ground.

Lewis Williams’ late try secured the Welsh Premiership champions victory in a game which they were second best for long spells.

However Pontypridd were ruthless when the opportunities came their way and Scottish made vital errors both in defence and attack which aided the visitors cause.

Ponty got off to the best possible start, scoring a try in the third minute.

From a ball off the top of a line-out, stand-off Simon Humberstone saw space near the left touchline, kicking the ball into the pocket which allowed winger Alex Webber to collect and dive over the whitewash.

Humberstone missed the conversion before Scottish piled on the pressure at the other end for a 15 minute spell.

Scrum-half Tavis Knoyle was sin-binned for denying Scottish what appeared to be a guilt-edged try scoring opportunity in the right corner.

But the hosts were not to be denied for long, James Phillips eventually crashing over from close range after good work by PJ Gidlow and Alex Brown in the build-up.

Lydon’s conversion moved Scottish 7-5 ahead on 18 minutes and the Scots dominance continued for much of the first half, Lydon deservedly adding a penalty for 10-5 on 34 minutes thanks to the efforts of a dominant scrum.

 

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Scottish’s stranglehold at the set piece saw Ponty prop Taufaau Filise sin-binned for persistent infringement but this did not deter the visitors who snatched a surprise lead right on half-time.

Scrum-half Knoyle went over from distance, fending off a string of would-be tacklers on route, before Humberstone’s conversion gave the Welsh a scarcely deserved 12-10 interval lead.

Boosted by their late first half rally, Pontypridd began the second 40 impressively but could not convert their efforts into points whilst Scots right winger Connor Braid knocked on inches from the try line after a swift counter-attack.

A Humberstone penalty gave Ponty a 15-10 advantage just before the hour mark only for Scottish to reply in fine fashion, scoring a second try through Chris Auld who danced past a couple of defenders to score under the posts.

Lydon’s conversion meant Scottish were back in front at 17-15 but Humberstone quickly restored Ponty’s advantage with his second penalty.

The hosts had chances to pressure Ponty near the end only to make mistakes at key moments and it was the visitors who sealed victory through a Lewis William try.

Alex Webber sliced through the Scots defence near halfway with the ball eventually finding winger Williams who scored under the posts.

Humberstone’s conversion gave Pontypridd a crucial two score advantage at 25-17 and there was no time for Scottish to respond.

London Scottish:

15, Peter Lydon, 14, Connor Braid, 13, Matt Hawke, 12, PJ Gidlow (replaced by Chris Auld), 11, Alec Coombes, 10, Dan Newton (c), 9, Matt Heeks (replaced by Ben Calder), 1, Mark Lilley (replaced by James Hallam), 2, Dave Cherry (replaced by Adam Kwasnicki), 3, Ben Prescott (replaced by Lovejoy Chawatama) 4, George Merrick, 5, Gregor Gillanders (replaced by Chevvy Pennycook), 6, Neil Best, 7, Alex Brown, 8, James Phillips. 

Replacements:

16, James Hallam, 17, Adam Kwasnicki, 18, Lovejoy Chawatama, 19, Tai Tuisamoa, 20, Chevvy Pennycook, 21, Ben Calder, 22, Chris Auld.

Scorers:

Tries: James Phillips (17 minutes) Chris Auld (61 minutes)

Conversions:  Peter Lydon (17, 61 minutes)

Penalties: Peter Lydon (34 minutes)

Pontypridd: 

15.Geraint Walsh. 14.Lewis I Williams. 13.Garyn Smith (replaced by Dillon Lewis). 12.Dafydd Lockyer (c). 11.Alex Webber (replaced by Chris Phillips). 10.Simon Humberstone. 9.Tavis Knoyle. 1.Tau' Filise (replaced by Gavin Dacey). 2.Liam Belcher (relaced by Huw Dowden). 3.Keiron Jenkins. 4.Lou Reed. 5.Seb Davies. 6 Jake Thomas. 7.Wayne O’Connor. 8.Dan Godfrey.

Replacements

16.Lloyd Williams. 17.Lewis K Williams. 18.Gavin Dacey. 19.Huw Dowden. 20.Craig Locke. 21 Dillon Lewis. 22.Chris Phillips.

Scorers:

Tries: Alex Webber (3 minutes) Tavis Knoyle (40 minutes) Lewis Williams (80 minutes)

Conversions: Simon Humberstone (40, 80 minutes)

Penalties: Simon Humberstone (58, 68 minutes)

Yellow Cards: Tavis Knoyle, Tau’ Filise

Officials:

Referee: Sean Gallagher

Assistant Referees: Paul Burton & Lionel Spooner

Fourth Official: Lloyd Jackson

HALF TIME: LONDON SCOTTISH 10 –  12 PONTYPRIDD

FULL TIME: LONDON SCOTTISH  17 – 25 PONTYPRIDD

ATTENDANCE: 1640

MAN OF THE MATCH: Matt Heeks
 
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