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Lewis looking to continue building momentum

Sunday 29th January 2023
 

Pat Lewis believes the momentum gained rom the cup victory over Bargoed will help spur Pontypool on over the next block of fixtures.

Pooler left it late to secure a first win in four attempts at Bargoed Park with two tries in the final 10 minutes securing a comeback victory.

Peter Lloyd and Scott Matthews both touched down to add to earlier scores from Callum Davies and Huw Anderson to seal progression to the semi-finals of the WRU Championship Cup and a tie with Neath.

Matthew Jarvis contributed nine points from the tee, which his first kick of the afternoon seeing him notch 100 conversions in a Pontypool shirt.

Centre Lewis came off the bench shortly before the hour mark to help Pooler get over the line.

“I’m happy to play rugby. Whether it’s from the bench or starting, I’m happy to have any minutes under my belt but to help the team go towards that last try by Scott was phenomenal,” exclaimed Lewis.

“They are a really tough team, they’ve got a really good set piece and they do have some very sharp backs so coming up here is always tough.

“It was great conditions but the pitch is quite tight and narrow and it obviously plays to their forwards’ strength but I thought we did really well to nullify that, take it to them and it’s paid dividends by the end result.

“We were 20-0 down at home in November and we came back to win and we’ve basically done it the hard way again, through our own errors and discipline.

“Hopefully next time we come up here in the league we don’t give them a head-start so we don’t have to chase the game.

“After the win against them at home, this win, which could have been a loss, will put us in good stead for the league as we’ve got a couple of big weeks coming up so this has been excellent for us to keep our momentum going.”

Head coach Leighton Jones spoke about the togetherness in the squad after the game and Lewis echoed his comments and believes that is a key part to their ability to turn games around.

“I think as a collective this year we are a very tight squad,” added Lewis.

“So when the going got tougher, and by no means did we help ourselves in terms of how we let them build up that lead, we rolled our sleeves up, gave a couple of looks and we were definitely ready to take it to them, which obviously spurred us on to get the turnaround.”

 

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