Ebbw Vale fell to a second successive defeat last weekend losing 17-13 to RGC at Parc Eirias. The Steelmen made the journey to North Wales looking to get back to winning ways having been heavily defeated at home to Cardiff the previous week.
Fly-half Lewis K Williams relaxed Ebbw nerves with two early penalties putting them 6-0 up before RGC fly-half and Dragons academy player Evan Lloyd halved the deficit with a penalty of his own.
RGC snatched the lead just before half-time through another Dragons academy player, Brodie Coghlan. A move at the front of the lineout caught the Ebbw forwards off guard and the young hooker crossed the whitewash. Lloyd converted to make it 10-6 at the halfway point.
In the opening stages of the second-half Ebbw had all the possession but the RGC defence stood strong, scuppering any chances Ebbw created. Finally, Ebbw did regain the lead with a try from —— and penalty from Williams.
RGC responded almost immediately with a converted try of their own as the lead changed hands once more.
The Steelmen attacked and attacked again but couldn’t cross the white line again as RGC battled on to claim the victory despite being reduced to 14 men when Pedr Jones was sin binned.
Final Score: RGC 17-13 Ebbw Vale
Head coach Greg Woods commented; “I’m disappointed with the loss as we had loads of territory and possession. We just couldn’t convert that into points. Dan Hill (6) / Lewis Young (8) / Dom Franchi (12) – played superbly and put hell of a shift in and it was a much improved performance in terms of physicality and energy from the Cardiff game.
The East Cup is so competitive and tight where anyone can beat anyone. We are pleased with our return so far and the new squad are coming together nicely”.
Ebbw Vale return to CiNER Glass Community Stadium Eugene Cross Park for a massive Gwent derby game in the Indigo Group Welsh Premiership Cup on Saturday at 2:30pm.
Game Highlights https://youtu.be/NnMY5tnZc94