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Jones delighted to play part in season run-in

Wednesday 24th May 2023

Marcus Jones revealed he was happy to be part of the end of season games as Pontypool sealed a historic unbeaten season in the WRU Admiral National Championship.

Jones came in for the final two games of the season – away at Ystrad Rhondda and Ystalyfera – to help preserve Pooler’s perfect league record and help end the season on a high.

The winger hadn’t played in the red, white and black jersey since the opening game of the season but an injury to winger Mathew Powell opened the door for him to play his part in the season finale.

And he took his chance with a delightful double at the Ynysdarren Ground as Pontypool bowed out in style – with an 83-7 victory.

Scott Matthews bagged an early double to put Pontypool in control and take his tally for the season to 20.

Matthew Jarvis, Ieuan Jones, Darren Hughes, Duan Thomas, Pat Lewis and Dai Jones added further tries in the first half as Pooler ran riot.

Marcus Jones took just 22 seconds to open the scoring in the second half and it took him only a few minutes more to grab his second.

“It was all down to Mikey [Herbert],” said Jones.

“He burst through and offloaded to me and there was a clear pitch in front of me so I did what I had to do.

“It’s nice to get back on the pitch with the boys.

“I was happy I was able to get two good performances in at the end of the season.

“[It’s been an] absolutely fantastic finish to the season.

“Gutted I wasn’t involved more throughout the season but that’s rugby at the end of the day.

“I broke my toe so that was one of the main things that held me back a bit.

“I was just happy to get back on the field, get the ball in my hands and get some tries.”

The tries kept coming as Dai Langdon, Mike Herbert and Pat Lewis completed the scoring with Jarvis finishing the game with nine conversions.

Not only did Jones end the season with a brace, bring his tally to 10 tries in 16 games, but he also enjoyed a cameo in his former position.

An injury picked up by Ieuan Jones saw him move into the pack, a position he knows very well.

“I started my career as a flanker and slowly moved my way to the wing,” explained Jones.

“I help out when I need to and I love it there.”


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