Wanderers 13 Ebbw Vale 76
“We knew it would be tough but we were taught a lesson today” commented a disappointed team manager John Lyons
“At times we didn’t make Ebbw work hard enough for their points but they were very impressive this afternoon” added coach Matthew Bolton
On a lovely afternoon at the Memorial Ground it was clear from the off that Ebbw were intending to play an expansive game. Declining an easy three points from an early sortie into the home side half they elected for a lineout deep in Wanderers territory and from the resulting catch and drive the powerful Vale pack crashed over 0-7. The Wanderers responded superbly. As the Steelmen attacked again Ed Doe intercepted a pass and took off downfield. When hauled down outside the 22 the Wanderers recycled the ball and moved the ball wide to Owen Marshall who, despite the attention of two defenders, crashed over in the corner. 5-7. It was not long before the pressure came back onto the home side. With their scrum and lineout dominant the visitors found possession and territory easy to come by. The pace of their attacks and the elusive running of both forwards and backs meant that for long periods the home side were chasing shadows. Ebbw extended their lead with 2 tries before the home side rallied and Sean Cochlin landed a penalty when a brief visit to the Steelmen’s 22 caused the visitors to transgress at a ruck. It was only a momentary lapse in the general run of things as Ebbw turned the screw more and more. As the break neared they crossed for two more tries to give them an impressive 8-36 lead at half time.
The second half continued as the first half had ended. The Wanderers continued to try as hard as they could but the power, speed and ability of the Vale side made life tough for the young Wanderers. Running from deep, if the situation allowed it, the visitors tore holes in the home side defence at will. Adding more tries at regular intervals the home side valiantly tackled but there always seemed to be more attackers than defenders. The home side sent on the cavalry to stem the tide and a rare attack saw Lloyd Chalke crash over to give the home supporters something to cheer about but it was short lived as normal service was resumed soon afterwards. In total 6 second half tries completed the Ebbw scoring and the Steelmen marched forward recording an impressive 13-76 victory.
Tries Owen Marshall, Lloyd Chalke
Pen Sean Cochlin
Tries Ronnie Keans (3) Josh Lewis, Matthew Williams, Wes Cuncliffe, Cameron Reagan, Charlie Simpson (2), Luke Davies, Tom Ashmead, Spence Gibson
Conversions Josh Lewis (5) Dan Hayman (3)
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