Weekend Rugby Results from around the Region

A round up of last weekend's rugby action from around the Region

Kath McCarthy | 14/11/2005

Cross Keys 6 Bedwas 25
In the Gwent derby of the Principality Building Society Premiership it was Bedwas who left Pandy Park with the win. The scores were tied 3-3 at the interval as the referee’s whistle dominated proceedings. Andrew James slotted over six for Bedwas while Darren Miles kicked two for Keys. However, the match did not finish try less although it took until the 79th minute for there to be a try as Justin Thomas’ over arm pass fell into the hands of Lee Mullane who went on to score. Speaking after the game Bedwas coach Steve Law commented,

“Keys play a well-structured games and it is difficult to score against them. Not many tries come the way of visiting sides and for that alone we deserved our win.”

Newport 31 Glamorgan Wanderers 27
Aled Thomas’ 16-point haul helped Newport to a narrow win over Glamorgan Wanderers who mounted an amazing second half come back. The Black and Ambers were 20-3 up at half time thanks to a Gareth Chapman and Rhys Shorney try. Shortly after the interval Thomas slotted over a penalty to give the home side a twenty-point lead. However, the Wanderers mounted an amazing second half fight back which saw them almost sneak a win and they came to within a point of Newport (28-27) before Thomas slotted a penalty in the closing stages to clinch the win.

Cardiff 18 Ebbw Vale 7
Ebbw Vale slumped to their ninth loss on the trot as they lost to Cardiff. Their cause was not helped when fly half Byron Hayward was sent off for throwing a punch. Minutes before half time the home side led 15-0 before Vale centre Jon Hawker slipped through a poor tackle to score under the posts. The second half saw the visitors mount wave after wave of attack but resolute defence from Cardiff kept them out.

Pontypridd 42 Pontypool 16
Pontypool suffered their eighth defeat in 11 matches as they lost to Pontypridd leaving them in the bottom three of the Premiership table.

In Asda Division One all the Gwent Clubs won their matches with Blackwood who were lying bottom of the Division running out 31-15 winners over Builth Wells. Luke Knight and Gareth Davies scored a brace of tries for Blackwood in their comfortable victory although they had to fight hard for the win in the second half after the scores were 17-12 at half time. Newbridge fly half Greg Jones slotted over four goals in his side’s 25-17 win over Ystrad Rhondda. Caerphilly’s home record remained intact after they won 33-29 against Merthyr. Fleur De Lys sneaked a narrow 17- 16 win over much fancied UWIC. Fleur De Lys’ tries came from Pete Morris and Dan Venter and were converted by Neil Gittings.

In Asda Division Two Newport Saracens are now top of the table after beating Llantrisant 8-0. There was further good news for Newport Saracens as their two nearest rivals Bargoed and Llantwit Fadre lost. Tredegar earned there first win of the season with a 25-20 win over Bargoed while Abercynon won 19-13 against Brynithel. Pill Harriers drew 19-all to Nantymoel. Croesyceiliog beat Mountain Ash 22-8.

Abergavenny remain top of the Asda Division Three East as they won 29-22 against Nelson. Abergavenny are closely followed by Senghenydd who are on the same number of points and they scrapped a narrow 17-16 win over Abercarn while Cwmbran lost 11-32 to Pontllanfraith who secured their first win of the season. Risca remain bottom of the division suffering their tenth loss on the bounce to New Tredegar (27-15). Blaina beat Pontypool Utd 18-14.

In Asda Division Four East three matches were postponed. In those that went ahead Talywain beat Nantyglo 14-8, St Peters won 23-19 against Tredegar Ironsides while Trinant beat Crumlin 18-12.

In the battle of the unbeaten teams in Asda Division Five East it was Machen who ran out 25-3 winners over Bettws. RTB Ebbw Vale suffered their ninth loss in a row losing 27-0 to St Josephs. Ynysddu secured a narrow 12-10 victory over Usk; Llanhilleth lost 12-19 to Blaenavon, while Gwernyfed won 25-15 against Abertillery Blaenau Gwent.

Principality Building Society Premiership
Pontypridd 42 Pontypool 16
Cardiff 18 Ebbw Vale 7
Cross Keys 6 Bedwas 25
Newport 31 Glamorgan Wanderers 27

Asda Division One
Blackwood 31 Builth Wells 15
Ystrad Rhondda 17 Newbridge 25
Caerphilly 33 Merthyr 29
UWIC 16 Fleur De Lys 17

Asda Division Two East
Llantrisant 0 Newport Saracens 8
Rumney P Brynmawr P
Bargoed 20 Tredegar 15
Abercynon 19 Brynithel 13
Croesyceiliog 22 Mountain Ash 8
Pill Harriers 19 Nantymoel 19

Asda Division Three East
Abergavenny 29 Nelson 22
Blaina 18 Pontypool United 14
Senghenydd 17 Abercarn 16
Cwmbran 11 Pontllanfraith 32
New Tredegar 27 Risca 15

Asda Division Four East
Talywain 14 Nantyglo 8
Tredegar Ironsides 19 St. Peters 23
Cardiff HSOB P Newport HSOB P
Trinant 18 Crumlin 12
Oakdale P Garndiffaith P
Monmouth P Chepstow P

Asda Division Five East 
Ynysddu 12 Usk 10
Llanhilleth 12 Blaneavon 19
Caldicot P St Albans P
Machen 25 Bettws 3
St Josephs 27 RTB Ebbw Vale 0
Gwernyfed 35 Abertillery BG 15

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