It’s the last game of the regular season for Ebbw Vale and Aberavon at Eugene Cross Park on Sunday (5:15 ko), with both sides aiming for the third play-off place. A win for Ebbw will make them uncatchable, while the Wizards will be waiting on Saturday’s results to figure out where they’ll stand should they take the points on Sunday evening.
Ebbw’s team has a familiar look to it, with skipper Damien Hudd, whose red card at Bedwas was overturned this week, leading the side as ever.
Dan Haymond, David Williams, Nathan Preece, Adam Jones, Jared Rosser; Dai Langdon, Chris Thomas; Ross Jones, Mathew Williams, Gethin Robinson; Damien Hudd (capt), Ashley Sweet; Rhys Clarke, Ronny Kynes, Cameron Regan. Subs: Joe Franchi, Ian George, Robert Sevenoaks, Luke Crocker, Ethan Doyle, Tom Edwards, Jordan Howells, Iain Smerdon.
There’s no complicated calculation involved as far as Ebbw’s chances of a play off place are concerned: a win over Aberavon on Sunday will guarantee a semi-final tie with either Pontypridd or Llandovery – and we’ll know which one by Saturday evening.
Tuesday’s results went favourably for Ebbw, the key one being Aberavon’s win over Cross Keys which means that, even though two bonus point wins for Keys would see them finish level on points with Ebbw (if the Steelmen beat the Wizards, but don’t gain a bonus point), they will have one less victory. So, all Ebbw need to do now is win on Sunday…
Damien Hudd’s red card, given late in the game at Bedwas on March 26th, has been overturned. Damien’s hearing took place at the WRU on Tuesday evening and the decision means that he is available for the Steelmen’s last league game of the season, at home to Aberavon on Sunday afternoon (5:15 ko).
The End of Season Club Dinner and Awards Evening has been confirmed as taking place at the Welfare on Friday, 20th May, commencing at 7pm.
Tickets cost £20 per person which will include a 3-Course Meal. Tables can be booked for groups of 10/12 people, while individual seats can also be booked.
To book seats/tables at the evening, contact Andrew using the details below:
Ebbw Vale’s team to play Llandovery in the Swalec Cup quarter final at Eugene Cross Park this Saturday afternoon, kicking off at 2:30, is as follows:
Chris Levesley, Ryan Gardner, Nathan Preece, Iain Smerdon, David Williams; Dai Langdon, Chris Thomas; Ross Jones, Mathew Williams, Rob Sevenoaks; Damien Hudd (capt), Ashley Sweet; Rhys Clarke, Ronny Kynes, Cameron Regan.
Bench: Joe Franchi, Ian George, Gethin Robinson, Luke Crocker, Ethan Doyle, Tom Edwards, Jordan Howells, Jarod Rosser.
Please note this is an all pay game except for Vice presidents:
Vice Presidents – Free
Season ticket holders – Adults £7 Concessions £4
Others – Adults £10 Concessions £7
Please be aware that the discounted prices for season ticket holders will only be available through the special turnstile on the left side of the main gate. This will be clearerly marked.
There are 9 changes to Saturday’s starting line up for Ebbw’s visit to Pandy Park this evening (April 5th, 7:15pm).
The team is: Dan Haymond, Ryan Gardner, Jordan Howells, Adam Jones, David Williams; Iain Smerdon, Tom Edwards; Ian George, Mathew Williams, Rob Sevenoaks; Damien Hudd (capt), Ashley Sweet; Rhys Clarke, Ronny Kynes, Harrison Keddie.
Sybs: Joe Franchi, Ross Jones, Gethin Robinson, Joe Bartlett, Ethan Doyle, Cameron Regan, Chris Thomas, Nathan Preece.
Nigel Davies has announced the Ebbw Vale team to play Carmarthen Quins, away, this Saturday afternoon.
15 Daniel Haymond, 14 David Williams, 13 Nathan Preece, 12 Adam Jones, 11 Chris Levesley; 10 David Langdon, 9 Chris Thomas; 1 Ross Jones, 2 Joe Franchi, 3 Gethin Robinson; 4 Damien Hudd (captain), 5 Ashley Sweet; 6 Rhys Clarke, 7 Cameron Regan, 8 Luke Crocker.
Subs: 16 Mathew Williams, 17 Ian George, 18 Lloyd Bridges, 19 Ronny Kynes, 20 Harrison Keddie, 21 Tom Edwards, 22 Iain Smerdon, 23 Ryan Gardner.