The Llanelli team of 2013 failed miserably to repeat a performance worthy of a Principality Premiership Final as they had done in their two previous finals of 2011&12 against Pontypridd at Sardis Road.
The contrast in the pre-match build-ups between the two teams, ironically, seemed to be played out on the field.
Before the match, media reports were declaring Llanelli were stating, "Ponty are champions" and looking at the game as a Play-Off and a separate competition. While Ponty’s supremo Dale McIntosh quoted
"The fact of the matter is that we've finished top of the table but, unfortunately, the play-off final decides who wins the league," "When we lost two years ago, it was Llanelli who were awarded the cup.
"Yes, we were given money for finishing top, but they had the cup. You can't put money in the trophy cabinet.
"All the other finals are water under the bridge. All that's gone. We need to win this tomorrow."
Pontypridd’s hunger to win the match was evident from the kick off as M O M Simon Humbestone got the match underway and Ponty immediately took charge.
Two penalties from the Ponty fly half in the first 9 minutes settled the nerves and after that is was virtually one way traffic for the whole match.
Three first half tries from captain Chris Dicomidis, Rhys Shellard and Simon Humberstone who converted them all and also added his third penalty which absolutely blew away their lackluster opponents.
Llanelli’s solitary first half points came from an 18th penalty from the enigmatic talent of Jordan Williams.
At the commencement of the second half Humberstone extended the ‘Champions’ lead to 33-3 before an excellent 61st minute try from Llanelli centre Nic Reynolds which replacement outside half Johnny Lewis converted to reduce the deficit.
Four minutes later a Matthew Nuthall try and Humberstone conversion cancelled out the LLanelli effort and with just minutes left on the clock, wing Kristian Phillips crossed in the corner for another well worked Llanelli try. However, it was Ponty’s big night and no one was surprised when dynamic hooker replacement Darran Harris scored a brilliant individual try converted by Flannagan in injury time, to end the night with a 47-15 thumping of the 2011 Champions.
Pontypridd 47-15 Llanelli RFC
Congratulations to Pontypridd on achieving a memorable double and many thanks to our suporters, sponsors and everyone who has contributed to another eventful season as we look forward to seeing you all for season 2013/14. Ymlaen !