Saturday 23rd November 2019
Stadiwm Zip World
A flat 2nd half performance which they failed in both tempo and urgency gave Ebbw Vale the win at Stadiwm Zip World. Full Back Dan Haymond gave his side 21 points, with a try and the boot in a game that played into to the visitor’s hands.
Ebbw Vale picked up a try in the opening minutes, and Haymond’s conversion extended the lead.
RGC got a foothold in the game with a couple of powerful scrums, before the Ebbw Vale prop Morgan Davies was yellow carded.
The Gogs took full advantage with a Tim Grey try, and Billy McBryde hit the conversion. From the restart Ebbw Vale claimed the penalty and Haymond put them back in the lead.
The scoreboard was racking up with on from Rhys Tudor finishing off an attack in the corner for the try before McBryde nudged the extras. Both sides traded kicks, and Dion Jones took a good ball in the air but it wasn’t much of a rugby spectacle.
The Steelmen were more than happy to slow the game down, and credit to them as it worked for them much to the frustration of the home crowd.
Billy McBryde’s boot hit the penalty to extend the lead for RGC, as they looked to find some rythmn
RGC were unable to get the momentum from the score, and and Ebbw Vale kick bounced in the favour of Haymond to touchdown for the points.
Tom Hughes and Efan Jones tried to make some yards with ball in hand, before McBryde hit another penalty to make it a 20-15 lead at the break and a chance to build on a solid 40 minutes.
It was a bright 2nd half start for the homeside, as McBryde hit another penalty which also proved to be his sides last score of the game which summed up what was to come in a dissapointing 35 minutes.
The pace of the game dropped with plenty on stoppages for injuries and Ebbw Vales replacement took a lot out of the tempo.
RGC resorted to using the kicking game more, but it didn’t cause much damage to Ebbw Vale.
The Steelmen then got back in the match when RGC threw to the back of the lineout, straight to an Ebbw Vale player who ran in for the try, with Haymond hitting the conversion. It was a gift of a score from RGC, and one that would prove a turning point.
They had the momentum behind them and winger Dafydd Thomas made some good attacks. Penalty count was racking up against RGC, as they were punished in and around the breakdown. The boot of Haymond gave his side 3 penalties and the game fell away for the Gogs
RGC struggled with any front- foot ball, attack wise they were unable to offer anything of real substance, and when they game needed some tempo they couldn’t find it. Without that platform the backline weren’t really in the half.
Will Bryan came on for his 100th appearance, to the applause of the vocal crowd.
Dion Jones and Rhys Tudor combined to attack, but the winger was snarled up in the tackle and again RGC couldn’t recycle the ball which was a theme in the game.
Ebbw Vale were able to slow the game down, and with an 8 point lead left looked comfortable in the final minutes.