Ebbw ended their season in disappointing form to Bridgend with a 11-7 defeat at home. It was never to be the Steelmen’s day, or should that be night, when a 50:22 attempt from the Ravens was fielded back in play by Jordan Thomas which set up an easy opener for the Ravens.
Despite going in 8-0 down at the break, Ebbw weren’t out of the game and needed some luck. Unfortunately, Evan Lloyd’s cracking kick bounced a foot inside the touchline and remained in play, whereas if it had bounced out, Ebbw would have retained possession about 50 metres up field.
Adding to that bad luck, Ebbw seemed destined to score when Ed Howley’s deliberate knocked on should have seen a penalty try as well as the yellow card that was brandished to the Bridgend winger.
Despite this Ebbw found themselves on the scoresheet when Joe Thomas powered over following some Ebbw pressure, unfortunately it was too little too late and the host couldn’t get another score.
“I was expecting better than that to end the season, but it’s pretty much summed up the past few weeks. Performance was nowhere near good enough, but our problems are obvious, and we can work on those over the summer,” said Jason after the game.
“The messages have been to be consistent, and we made too many errors and no disrespect to Bridgend, but they didn’t have to do a lot to beat us, they did the basics, and it was good enough.
“Now isn’t the time to talk about rugby, but we all understand big changes are needed and a major rebuild is required at the club as we’re not good enough.”
With plenty of faces moving on to other clubs or through retirement the club wishes them all the best, Chippy adding, “The effort has never been in doubt, they’re a great group of boys to work with and it’s never nice to see players leave, but we’re doing it for the betterment of the club.”
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