After a strong start to their Indigo Group Welsh Premiership Cup campaign, the Steelmen suffered their first defeat of the competition on Saturday afternoon as they were defeated 27-3 by Cardiff RFC at CiNER Glass Community Stadium Eugene Cross Park.
The Blue & Blacks had made a lot of changes following their surprising defeat to Newport last week with Cardiff Rugby professional players Jamie Hill and Dan Fish starting at half-backs.
Hooker Iestyn Harris and Cardiff Rugby academy flanker Gwilym Bradley both crossed twice for the visitors which secured them an attacking bonus point. Fullback Jacob Beetham, another Cardiff Rugby academy member added seven points from the boot.
Head coach Greg Woods said; “We were out played last Saturday by a very physical Cardiff side. They put us under pressure and our mistakes killed us. The mistakes we made came from Cardiff’s aggressive line speed and clever kicking game. We struggled to get a foothold in the game and our errors and yellow cards again cost us. We need to regroup for a huge challenge next week in Colwyn Bay. RGC will be another physical encounter and I am looking for a reaction off our players this Saturday in terms of accuracy and physicality”.
Ebbw make the long trip to North Wales next weekend where they face winless RGC hoping to bounce back from a disappointing performance in poor conditions this week.