Bridgend Ravens were handed a handsome defeat at Sardis Road on Saturday, nilled by Premiership champions Pontypridd.
The Ravens faced a tough challenge at the home of the Principality Premiership champions Pontypridd, the visitors hoping for a repeat of the Swalec Cup Final performance at the Millennium Stadium last May that saw them lift the trophy. The young Ravens side fought valiantly until the end but the experience and skill of Pontypridd saw them come away clear victors.
Pontypridd took the lead with 10 minutes on the clock and never looked back. The Hosts dominance in the pack helped them to touch down a total of seven times throughout the match.
Seb Davies opened the scoring for Pontypridd, battling over in the corner and two minutes later his second row partner Chris Dicomidis managed to slide over following a sweeping move from the Ponty half.
The Ravens worked hard, making some strong tackles, in an attempt to get themselves back into the match but were unable to do so. Ryan Evans missed a long range shot at goal - the Ravens only attempt all afternoon.
The Hosts managed to secure a try bonus point before half time as a penalty try and a score for flanker Dan Godfrey both arrived following huge scrummaging efforts from Pontypridd. Adam O'Driscoll was shown a yellow card in the build up to the hosts fourth try.
HT Pontypridd 26-0 Bridgend Ravens
Any Ravens hope of a second half comeback was dashed as Pontypridd continued to dominate. A second yellow card, this time for Michael Powell, Left gaps around the field that Ponty were able to exploit.
Hemi Barnes scored Pontypridd's first try of the second half. A driving maul following a penalty kick to the corner was marched over the line by the Ponty forwards.
A yellow card for Dicomidis came as Ponty continued to spoil Bridgend ball at the breakdown The Ravens were unable to build much momentum due to continued infringements. Marc Bennett looked dangerous on the counter attack but his kick ahead following his bust through the defence was cleared by the covering Ponty defenders.
Two further tries were to come in the final quarter, Gavin Dacey and Gary Williams touching down for the Hosts.
A spirited Bridgend performance was no match for the hosts as Pontypridd went some way to avenging the defeat they suffered at the hands of the Ravens in May.
FT Pontypridd RFC 50-0 Bridgend Ravens