Saturday, October 8, 2011

Ebbw Vale 59 Tredegar 17, 08/10/11

Despite trailing 0-10 in the early stages, Ebbw Vale's pace and power eventually proved too much for a poor, but committed, Tredegar side in the neighbours' first competitive fixture for over 15 years.

A bonus point victory eventually came Ebbw's way early in the second half and superior fitness took its toll in the last quarter as the Steelmen ran in a batch of touchdowns.

From the Ebbw website:

"Tredegar have struggled in the league so far this season, following their excellent promotion campaign, but they started very brightly and took the game to the hosts. After 18 minutes, scrum half and captain Rhys Hallett got his hands to an intended Ebbw pass, booted ahead and crossed under the posts. The conversion and a later penalty by outside half Amber made the score 10-0 and Tredegar supporters had the faint whiff of an upset in their nostrils. However, there were signs that all was not well in the visitors' ranks as they responded to Ebbw pressure with a raft of infringements that earned them two yellow cards. A pushover try from Nicky Coughlin and a Tom Macpherson touchdown were both converted by Dan Haymond to give Ebbw a 14-10 interval lead.

Ebbw got off to a good start after the break and Tom Daly crossed for the third try, Haymond again converted. Tredegar bounced back, a great individual effort by centre McGovern, converted by the accurate Amber, bringing the score back to 21-17. However, Ebbw were clearly the fitter and more organised side and this combination proved too much. Scrum dominance, line out supremacy and and powerful mauling took their toll. Tredegar conceded a penalty try as they collapsed a tryline-bound driving maul, and the bonus point was secured by the Steelmen. Outstanding contributions from Coughlin, Ross Jones, Ashley Sweet and man-of-the-match Ronnie Kynes built the platform for five more tries from Tom Ashmead (2), Tom Macpherson, Tom Daly and Callum Brennan. Dorian Jones and Charlie Simpson chipped in with two conversions each to make the final score 59-17."


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