Ebbw lost out on a third victory this season with a last play try from RGC. Despite [playing 65 minutes with 14 men, the visitors snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with two late scores to win 22-21 and to complete the double over Ebbw.
It was looking good for Ebbw when Joe Peard powered over to give the hosts the lead early doors, the Steelmen going 7-3 to the good.
A yellow to Dan Hill saw RGC capitalise with a try of their own, putting them three points up at the break. Two quick tries from Ebbw saw a 21-10 commanding lead rock up on the scoreboard and all the pressure was on Ceri Jones’ side to get back into the game. That they did!
Ebbw denied a chance of three points to go seven ahead, opting for the corner instead, but the attack broke down and RGC eventually went the length of the field and crossed in the corner under a penalty advantage.
Greg Woods feeling that a missed opportunity was left out there.
“It was in our hands, we’re disappointed and we did enough but couldn’t get over the line. To lose a game by a point with the last play is always a tough one to swallow.
“We didn’t want to play for the draw, we still had to score to put us two scores clear, I felt it was the right decision at the time to go for the corner, kill some time off the clock and try and get a bonus point. We haven’t scored many tries this year so let’s roll the dice and do it. We didn’t manage the goal line situation very well and it was panic stations from there.
“The youngsters were great again tonight and stood up for us, the half backs who were a new pairing gave us good direction and shape.”
Ebbw go again next week when we take on Gwent rivals Newport at Spytty Stadium – Not Rodney Parade for those who haven’t yet heard.