Ebbw Vale
2015/2016 Principality Premiership
Ebbw Vale 34 v 22 Cardiff
03 October 2015 - Eugene Cross Park, Ebbw Vale

Match Report

Ebbw Vale 34 - Cardiff 22

Cardiff ran into a first half Ebbw Vale storm at Eugene Cross Park on Saturday.

The Steelmen ran in four tries to secure the bonus point before half time. The writing was on the wall from early on as a couple of penalties were kicked to the corner and a catch and drive was set up. In an effort to stop the maul Cardiff brought the drive to ground and referee Morris went under the posts as well as to his pocket to give the home side an early advantage.

They capitalised a few minutes later. This time hard running from the backs sent centre Jordan Howells set up a position in the Blue & Blacks twenty-two, flanker Ronnie Kynes spotting a gap to score. Iain Smerdon added the extras and was on target when another catch and drive saw No.8 Ethan Doyle score. Just before the break Kynes was again on hand at the back of a maul to secure the bonus point.

It looked a tall order for Cardiff to get anything from a game that was being dominated by the home eight, but the second half saw the Blue & Blacks start to play some quality rugby. A catch and drive of their own gave skipper Jonathan Edwards his forth try in four games, James Thomas adding the conversion. A flowing move gave Cardiff their second try. The ball being worked from side to side before Will Rees Hole was put through a gap by a slip pass from Thomas. He was again on target with the extras as he was when replacement prop Rob Lewis crashed over when surrounded by several tacklers.

That left a few minutes to get something out of the game, but the whistle came too soon for the Blue & Black fight-back to be completed and they left Ebbw Vale empty handed. Next weekend the Blue & Blacks travel to Carmarthen in a game that kicks off at 1:30

Official : Gwyn Morris (Wales)

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