PONTYPOOL chief Leighton Jones will be demanding more of the same tomorrow as the seemingly unstoppable Championship leaders go for a 61st league victory in succession.

Pooler were on fire away to Beddau last weekend, racking up 50 points or more in a league match for the seventh time this season.

They dominated offensively and defensively against a team notoriously difficult to get the better of on their own patch.

The visitors’ 62-14 triumph – their 60th in a row in the Championship – saw them consolidate an 11-point advantage over second-placed Bargoed.

And although lowly Ystalyfera are the opponents for Jones’ men at Pontypool Park tomorrow (kick-off 2.30pm), the same high standards will be expected.

The Swansea Valley outfit might have only tasted success twice this term, but five of their 11 defeats have been by seven points or less.

And with the lower reaches of the table so tight – 10 points separate the bottom six – they still have every chance of battling their way to safety.

Pooler, who beat Ystalyfera 38-15 in the reverse fixture last September, will be heavy favourites to complete another league double.

If they can produce a repeat of last Saturday’s display then it will be another step closer to a fourth consecutive Championship title and long overdue return to the Premiership for Jones’ troops.

“We started the game with a good attitude and there was a real aggression about us as well, it was quite intense for the first 20-30 minutes,” said defence coach Andrew Quick.

“Once we managed to get a grip of the game we played some nice stuff.

“We’ve been working hard on our attacking play and defensively we were good as well.

“The boys looked like they really enjoyed themselves so that was a big bonus for us.

“The boys looked like they had a real hunger about them and it showed in the performance for the whole 80 minutes.”

Number eight Ben Sparks added: “We’ve gone up there in seasons past and really struggled.

“But we went up there, played well, and put a lot of points on the board.

“Trying to get as many points as we did, it was hard work, but everyone bought into it and it was enjoyable.

“Defence is a massive part of our game – if they haven’t got the ball they can’t score – and that’s what we live for. We live for the big hits and turnover ball.

“We just try to make sure they can’t play their rugby, and big hits are part of that.”

Elsewhere, Cross Keys, who bounced back from a home hammering by Pooler by edging out Bedwas, go to fourth-placed Cardiff Met.

Keys rose to the giddy heights of ninth in the Championship table following their much-needed 19-17 win last weekend.

The victory over Bedwas certainly made skipper Scott Andrews’ 100th appearance for the club all the more special.

Bedwas, now 20 points behind Pontypool, host Beddau, and Bargoed, who have a game in hand on the leaders, go to Maesteg Quins.

Fixtures: Bedwas v Beddau, Cardiff Met v Cross Keys, Maesteg Quins v Bargoed, Pontypool v Ystalyfera, Tata Steel v Glamorgan Wanderers, Trebanos v Narberth, Ystrad Rhondda v Neath