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Saturday, 7 December, 2002, 19:17 GMT
Ponty take upper hand
Pontypridd full-back Brett Davey gets a pass away under pressure
Pontypridd benefited from some slick handling
Parker Pen Challenge Cup
Round 2 (1st Leg)
Pontypridd 37-23 Leeds

Pontypridd bounced back from last week's dismal result against Neath to remain in contention in the Parker Pen Challenge Cup.

In a fast and furious first-half, the Welsh outfit surged into the lead after three minutes with a try under the posts by centre Sonny Parker.

Brett Davey added the conversion and minutes later slotted over a 22-metre penalty.

Leeds soon hit back with two penalties from centre Braam van Straaten.

Match details
Pontypridd (24) 37
Tries: S Parker (2), G Waytt, R Parks
Cons: B Davey
Pens: B Davey (4)
Drop-goal: C Sweeney
Leeds Tykes (13) 23
Tries: I Feaunati (2)
Cons: B van Straaten, G Ross
Pens: B van Straaten (2), g Ross
As the half developed, Ponty had the better of the exchanges and a period of constant pressure ended with a Ceri Sweeney drop-goal.

Davey increased Ponty's lead with a 32-metre penalty and, with the home side in the driving seat after more pressure, he added another goal from 40 metres.

Approaching the interval, Leeds hit back with a try from number eight Isaac Feaunati.

Ponty struck back in the second minute of injury-time with a try from Parker to give his side a 24-13 interval advantage.

After the break, the game began on a ill-tempered note when props Matt Holt of Leeds and Gethin Jenkins of Pontypridd were yellow carded after two minutes.

Davey then slotted over his fourth penalty and shortly afterwards a brilliant handling move by the forwards and the backs from midfield let in Gareth Wyatt for a scintillating try.

Leeds cut the deficit in the last quarter with Feaunati's second try, converted by outside half Gordon Ross.

But Ponty soon regained the initiative with a further try from flanker Richard Parks after a drive from a line-out near the Leeds line.

Ross sent over a consolation penalty goal for Leeds at the death, but Ponty will be satisfied with their night's work.


Pontypridd: B Davey; G Wyatt, S Parker, J Bryant, E Lewis; C Sweeney, P John; G Jenkins, M Davies, D Bell, R Sidoli, B Cockbain, N Kelly, R Parks, G Lewis.
Reps: M Rees, N Hennessey, D McIntosh, W O'Connor, G Baber, N Jenkins, J Lewis.

Leeds: D Scarbrough; C Hall, T Davies, B van Straaten, D Albanese; G Ross, D Hegarty; M O'Keefe, M Regan, G Kerr, C Murphy, P Murphy, C Mather, J Ponton, I Feaunati.
Reps: M Holt, R Rawlinson, T Palmer, S Campbell, D Hyde, A Dickens, C Emmerson.

Ref: Eric Darriere (France).


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