Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Ebbw Vale 12 Bedwas 15, Principality Premiership Tier 1, 04/02/17

There was a bitterly disappointing outcome to Ebbw Vale's opening match in the second half of the Premiership season (that involving the top 8) as Bedwas emerged victorious despite being under pressure in terms of territory and possession for most of the game.

In fariness to the visitors they were superbly organised, tackled everything and, in Ebbw nemesis Richard Powell, had a stand off who kicked his kicks, all 5 of them penalty shots at goal.

Nonetheless, the Steelmen, having fought so hard to be in the top 8, will rue missed opportunites. Leading 7-6 at half time through a converted Catch'n'Kynes, they would have expected pressure to count as the game wore on, but only managed a Jack Goodley score from a lineout.

The home side threw everything bar the proverbial kitchen sink at Bedwas as the game reached its finale, but it was not to be and the away side's defence stayed resolute despite Ebbw's pounding drives, which, whilst not lacking in effort, were maybe deficient in finesse. 

Josh Lewis had a rare off day with the boot

Ebbw pressure

The lineout working well

Scrum pressure

But in the second half....

...Bedwas stayed resolute

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