Both teams were depleted from injuries and higher-level call-ups yet still served an entertaining encounter at Sardis Road in the Principality Premiership.
Prior to kick off both teams lined up for a minute’s applause in tribute to Pontypridd’s Stuart Williams who tragically died. Stuart was the cornerstone of the Ponty Pack since Regionalism in 2003 and you could feel the loss and sadness at Sardis in respect for Stuart and his young family.
Llanelli started well and their forward platform can feel somewhat let down for all their hard work as by half time the team had gifted 15 points, two tries (Geraint Walsh & Owen Jenkins) and a soft penalty, which was kicked by Dai Flanagan who also converted one of the tries.
Ponty were clinical with all their opportunities and were finding plenty of space out wide and duly used it to work scrum half Lloyd Williams over for a fine try.
Llanelli and Ponty were spreading the ball at every opportunity; however, there were lots of basic errors at crucial times, especially from the visitors who for all their endeavour could only muster two penalties from outside half Nic Damjanovic.
Disappointingly trailing 20-6 at half time Llanelli came flying out in the second half with some great attacking and defensive qualities and were rewarded with a corner try for wing Kyle Evans.
A 47th minute Flanagan penalty was followed by a converted Lockyear try to extend their somewhat surreal lead to 30-11. But a gem of a try from another Llanelli attack was claimed by tough tackling second row Lewis Rawlins, with young full back Dion Jones adding the extras.
Llanelli despite being down 30 -18 looked like they could get points from the match but a yellow card to No 8 Ed Price on 59 minutes ended all hopes as Pontypridd like true Champions, capitalised on their numbers advantage with a further 12 points in the 10 minute ‘yellow card window’ with two further tries from excellent captain Dicomidis and Lockyear, plus one Flanagan conversion.
The last 13 minutes fizzled out and remained pointless just like Llanelli's away day reward at Sardis.
Pontypridd 42 - 18 Llanelli RFC