On a glorious Sunday afternoon at The Wern, Merthyr, the Under 14's of the Heart of Wales and Pontypridd produced an excellent and exciting game of rugby, which was almost a carbon copy of their game at Pontypridd.
The HOW boys set about their task with earnest, and within 5 minutes of the start, Liam Jones (Aberdare) pounced on an error in the Pontypridd back line to open the scoring.
A couple of minutes later a long kick was chased well by the HOW half backs, resulting in scrum half Shaun Clarke (Aberdare) scoring a try that Alex Gwynne (Dowlais) converted.
A neck injury to HOW Hooker Scott Parry (Gwernyfed) after 10 minutes resulted in a 20minute delay in proceedings. Straight after the restart openside Flanker Jay Evans (Merthyr) found room down the blindside, to score in the corner.
HOW extended their lead to 22 points with a well worked try from Full Back Rhys Bow (Merthyr). The HOW forwards were so dominant that Pontypridd had rarely set a foot in their half of the field.
Just before the break a HOW player was sin binned, and this indiscretion was the turning point in the game.
From the start of the second half the Ponty players were much more aggressive and determined at the tackle area, and with their extra player took full advantage. Powerful No8 Johnathan Barnett was the pick of the Ponty side scoring an excellent hat-trick of tries, which Callum Wheeler converted 2 of, to bring the score to 22 -19, with around 5 minutes remaining.
A spark appeared in the HOW forwards and after some aggressive play outside half Tom Davies (Builth Wells) scored a try to take the score to 27 -19 and leaving Pontypridd to score twice to win the game with a few minutes left.
Pontypridd poured through on the HOW backline from the kick off and scored a well worked try in the corner through Oliver Smyth. HOW were on the ropes but managed to hold out for the remaining minutes to secure the win.
Both sets of players should be congratulated for the feast of rugby they produced.
Judgement Day III is on target to break the all-time attendance record for a Welsh regional rugby match at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday 25th April, after ticket sales went through the 40,500 mark today.
Cardiff Blues face Zebre in the last Guinness PRO12 game of the season at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday, May 16 (kick-off 3pm) - and the ladies of the region are invited to come along and enjoy a special day with the Blues!
Cardiff Blues are hosting a special Open Evening this Wednesday night at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park to give prospective students and parents the chance to discover more about our new and exciting rugby education programme.
Our Cardiff Blues Rugby Camps return this Easter to give children right across our region the opportunity to participate in rugby during the holidays - and after selling out our last two camps you can book NOW to avoid any disappointment!
The players at Cardiff Blues will be hoping to play with some true Gallic flair for the rest of the Guinness PRO12 season - after the region teamed up with a successful French bistrot in the Welsh capital.
Cardiff Blues will be celebrating St David's Day when the region faces Edinburgh Rugby at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 12.45pm) - with hundreds of children invited as part of our Regional Schools Day.
Fine footwear retailer The Brogue Trader - one of the official sponsors of Cardiff Blues - is celebrating after being recognised by the British Footwear Association at its annual Footwear Industry Awards.
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