Ebbw’s 22-20 victory over Cardiff at wet and windy Eugene Cross Park was their eighth success in the last nine encounters and brought to an end the visitors’ nine match winning streak.
The Steelmen had the better of the early exchanges and took the lead after 15 minutes when Lewis Young burst through for a try converted by Rhys Jones. Although Ebbw continued to dominate they could not add to their total and Cardiff were next on the scoreboard when Gareth Thompson converted a penalty to meke it 7-3 at half time.
Cardiff came back strongly early in the second half and built an impressive lead through tries by prop Tom Davies and full back Ed Howley, both of which Thompson converted. At 20 -7, Cardiff looked to be in control, but the home side had other ideas and the magnificent pack capitalised on excellent kicking by Rhys Jones and Carl Meyer to keep the visitors penned inside their 22. Two driving lineout mauls led to tries for skipper Ashley Sweet and home debutante Lloyd Evans. As injury time beckoned, Ebbw trailed 20-19, but a series of superb drives set up Jones for the drop goal which he nailed to give his team a 22-20 advantage. More great work by the forwards earned Jones another chance, but his penalty drifted agonisingly wide. It didn’t matter though; Ebbw caught the restart and put the ball off the park to seal a deserved victory.
15 Dan Haymond, 14 Paul King, 13 Carl Meyer, 12 Jacob Botica, 11 Toby Fricker; 10 Rhys Jones, 9 Dai Jones; 1 Luke Garrett, 2 Rhys Francis, 3 Rob Sevenoaks; 4 Rhys Clarke, 5 Ashley Sweet (capt); 6 Cameron Regan, 7 Lloyd Evans, 8 Lewis Young.
16 Joe Franchi 17 Ross Jones 18 Chris Coleman 19 Kristian Parker 20 Jonathan Davies 21 Matthew Flanagan 22 James Lewis 23 Steffan Thomas
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