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Friday, 13 September, 2002, 19:42 GMT 20:42 UK
Jenkins inspires Ponty
Pontyrpidd's Richard Parks tackles Shaun van Rensburg of Brigdend
Richard Parks (left) scored the onyl try of the match
Bridgend 9-26 Pontypridd

Pontypridd's Neil Jenkins was in devastating mood at the Brewery Field to inflict Bridgend's first defeat of the season.

The world record points scorer, starting a match for the first time this season, kicked seven penalties to secure a deserved victory for his side.

  Scoring details
Bridgend (6) 9:
Pens: Warlow (3)
Pontypridd (6) 26:
Tries: Parks
Pens: Jenkins (7)
Man-of the-match Richard Parks wrapped up the win in the final stages with the only try of the game.

Bridgend owner Leighton Samuel had pleaded with the home fans to turn up in force for the match, and the message seemed to have got through.

A late surge of supporters just before kick-off brought a long tail-back at the turnstiles, causing many to miss the opening exchanges.

They did not miss much.

Pontypridd's Dale McIntosh grabs possession
Ponty's Dale McIntosh wins a lineout
Neither side showed enough guile or imagination to breach each other's organised defences and were invariably forced to kick downfield to make any headway.

Both Jenkins and Warlow missed their first penalties, but they soon found their accustomed accuracy to land two kicks apiece for a 6-6 half-time score.

Pontypridd had looked most likely to score a try in the first-half, and that trend continued in the opening minutes after the break.

Geraint Lewis linked up well in with Jenkins to final breach the Bridgend midfield, but any hope of developing the advantage was dashed by a home defender cynically killing the ball.

Jenkins added an extra three points from the resulting penalty in front of the posts.

The fly-half then virtually killed off the game in the next ten minutes as Bridgend conceded three penalties in their own half in quick succession.

Richard Parks stops Bridgend captain Gareth Thomas in his tracks
Parks gave a faultless defensive display
Jenkins was in no mood to let the home side off the hook as all three kicks sailed perfectly between the posts to take the score to 6-18.

It was not pretty to watch, but it was certainly effective.

Bridgend were simply could not get into the game as the Ponty packed starved of any decent possession.

But another Warlow penalty with 13 minutes to go gave them slight hope of a comeback and kept the home fans interested.

That hope did not last long, though, as a Jenkins penalty was soon followed by the only try of the night from the impressive Parks.

Lewis collected a loose pass in his own half and forced his way between two would-be tacklers. Brett Davey was on hand to take Lewis' pass and then to deliver a perfectly timed pass to the supporting Parks.

Bridgend looked for some crumbs of comfort in injury time, but after holding them out for the previous 80 minutes, Pontypridd were in no mood to let them through even at the death.

Bridgend: M James; R Mustoe, D James, G Thomas, C Warlow; S Mannix, S Martens; P Booth, G Williams, J Thiel, D Jones, A Moore, M Molitika, N Budgett, R Bryan.
Reps: A Joy, C Loader, S van Rensburg, J Ringer, H Harries, J Funnell, A Carter.

Pontypridd: B Davey; G Wyatt, S Parker, J Bryant, M Nuttall; N Jenkins, G Baber; G Jenkins, M Davies, D Bell, D McIntosh, R Sidoli, N Kelly, G Lewis, R Parks.
Reps: M Rees, C Sweeney, M Owen, P John, N Hennessey, J Lewis, R Johnson.

Referee: I Ramage (Berwick, SRFU)

Pontypridd's Mefin Davies and Neil Jenkins
"It was a battle up front, then the backs came alive"
BBC Five Live's Robert Jones
"Bridgend's unbeaten run came to an abrupt end"

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