Sunday, April 29, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
From the Ebbw Vale website:
An exquisite break by Dan Haymond, from Newbridge's kick off, set Ebbw off on a great attack, again thwarted illegally. Haymond did the honours and it was 13 - 0. From then on, the visitors raised their game with Burnett aiming long for the corners and Ebbw failing to clear or counter successfully. Although still on top in the scrums and lines out, Ebbw were second to Newbridge at the break down where the physicality of Ross Coombes and Dean Gibbs was a significant factor. There was also some hesitancy, for whatever reason, at rucks, when the ball appeared to be available, allowing Newbridge to counter ruck, which they did very well. A Burnett penalty made it 13 - 3, before old Ebbw favourite Andrew Bevan popped up on the right (or wrong!) wing to score wide out. The conversion was missed but a penalty to Newbridge soon afterwards made it 13 - 11. Dorian Jones calmed the nerves a little, striking a penalty to open the gap to 5 points, but Ebbw were caught napping when a clever line out ploy resulted in a try for replacement hooker Darren Hughes to tie the game at 16-16. The penalties were now flowing in Newbridge's favour and Burnett missed two long range efforts before slotting one from 30m to make it 16-19.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
From the Ebbw website:
Despite yet another magnificent performance by the Steelmen, it was Cross Keys who progressed to the SWALEC Cup final by virtue of scoring two tries to the one that Ashley Sweet got for Ebbw. Although it ended 19-19, the touchdowns by Gareth David and Tom Lampard were enough to set up a final date with Pontypridd who sneaked past Newbridge, 28-24, in the other game in Cardiff.
The immediate after match scene was truly bizarre, as the Ebbw players and coaches saluted the thousand or so red, green and white supporters in the Hazell stand and terrace, with the chants of "Ebbw, Ebbw" filling the ground and prompting one Newport steward to comment, "We don't get that much noise when the Dragons are here!" Cross Keys, the victors, huddled together in the dead ball area. A casual observer would not have guessed which team had just been knocked out and which was heading for the final.
There's another write up here: South Wales Argus report.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Down in the old quarter of Puerto del Carmen the bars are smaller and more intimate and that's where we discovered the Rock Cavern, only 4 weeks old, where the resident duo are the twin guitarists/vocalists Highly Strung (who've decamped from the Scotch Corner). Well worth a night or two.