Welsh Premiership Play-off Final: Pontypridd 47-15 Llanelli

Pontypridd (30) 47

  • Tries: Dicomidis, Humberstone, Shellard, Nuthall, Harris
  • Cons: Humberstone 4, Flanagan
  • Pens: Humberstone 4

Llanelli (3) 15

  • Tries: Reynolds, K. Phillips
  • Con: J. Lewis
  • Pen: J. Williams

Pontypridd secured a first cup and league double with an impressive win over Llanelli in the Principality Welsh Premiership Play-off Final.

A 34-13 win over Neath saw Pontypridd triumph in the Swalec Cup final and they dominated Llanelli at Sardis Road.

Ponty led 30-3 at half-time with tries from Chris Dicomidis, Simon Humberstone and Rhys Shellard, while Matthew Nuthall and Darran Harris also struck.

Kristian Phillips and Nic Reynolds got consolation tries for Llanelli.

The two clubs have met four times this season with Ponty victorious on each occasion, home and away in the league, in a Swalec Cup match played at Parc y Scarlets and now in the Play-off Final.

Llanelli claimed the league trophy in the 2011 Play-off Final against Pontypridd, but they gained their revenge last season and have now retained the title.

Ponty were in front from the fifth minute when Humberstone kicked the first of four penalties. Thereafter, the first half was a procession of Pontypridd scorers.

A quick pick up from Ponty number eight Dan Godfrey created the space and captain Dicomidis galloped 30 yards to score in the corner, with Humberstone converting.

A penalty after 17 minutes from Jordan Williams did give the Scarlets some hope, but their joy was short-lived as Humberstone was driven over the line for a try he duly improved.

Try number three arrived seven minutes before the interval as Llanelli hooker Kirby Myhill overthrew at a line-out on halfway and Wales Sevens star Shellard collected at the tail to streak away, breaking three attempted tackles on his way to outstanding individual try.

With the final kick of the half, Humberstone extended the home side's advantage with another penalty from in front of the posts.

Humberstone stuck again with the boot early in the second half but Llanelli finally found their way over the Pontypridd try line. There were nine phases in the build-up before Reynolds was sent in at the posts courtesy of a smart pass from fellow centre Chris Keenan.

Pontypridd responded with an incisive break from full-back Adam Thomas, creating the gap for wing Nuttall to score a converted try.

Llanelli struck back once more with Kritian Phillips touching down with eight minutes remaining. However, it was Pontypridd who had the final say as replacement Harris swatted aside two tackles to score his side's fifth and final try.

Teams:

Pontypridd: Adam Thomas; Owen Williams, Gavin Dacey, Dafydd Lockyer, Matthew Nuthall; Simon Humberstone, Lloyd Williams; Stuart Williams, Huw Dowden, Kieron Jenkins, Craig Locke, Chris Dicomidis (capt), Ed Siggery, Rhys Shellard, Dan Godfrey.

Replacements: Joel Raikes, Dai Flanagan, Gareth Wyatt, Darran Harris, Wayne O'Connor, Cory Hill, Chris Phillips, Scott Roberts.

Llanelli: Dion Jones; Kristian Phillips, Nic Reynolds, Chris Keenan, Dale Ford; Jordan Williams, Gareth Davies; Rhys Thomas, Kirby Myhill, Simon Gardiner, Adam Powell (capt), Jake Ball, Lewis Rawlins, Dan Thomas, Craig Price.

Replacements: Tom Sloane, Craig Hawkins, Duane Eager, Stuart Leach, Justin James, Johnny Lewis, Steffan Hughes, Peter Edwards.