Ebbw Vale
2015/2016 Principality Premiership
Ebbw Vale 36 v 8 Llanelli
05 March 2016 - Eugene Cross Park, Ebbw Vale

Match Report

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It was another five-point win that took Ebbw Vale into second place in the Premiership, but head coach Nigel Davies was adamant that they can do better.
“I am not taking anything away from the players today with their great commitment and tackling,” said the former Llanelli and Wales centre. “But we can play better than this.
“We kicked badly in a poor first half, but we improved and Llanelli really struggled against us up front.
“Our locks were outstanding, yet generally I was disappointed with our performance. We have some hard games coming up and next Saturday we meet leaders Pontypridd. Bring them on!”
However, Nigel had a quiet smile when it was suggested that he had worked out exactly how to beat his old club.
Llanelli did not make things easier for themselves with two yellow cards from Bristol-based policeman Dan Jones and they were without the New Zealand-born, Fijian international, Mike Tagicabau for the second half.
Ebbw Vale took Llanelli apart at the opening two scrums to set up the first of their five tries with lock Ashley Sweet plunging over for Dan Haymond to convert.
Llanelli responded with score out of the Ebbw book as No 8 Trystan Lloyd was driven over and Josh Lewis goaled, but Ebbw grabbed the lead again when wing David Williams just made it at the corner. 
The half had produced a lot of kicking, mostly aimless and wing Ashley Evans, Tagicabau and replacement Ryan Davies lived off scraps.
The second half opened with three penalties to Ebbw that drove Llanelli back before Ronnie Kynes notched his 11th league try in typical fashion.
Another catch ‘n’ Kynes led to scrum half Chris Thomas sniping over for the bonus point with replacement Iain Smerdon goaling and former Cardiff Met wing Chris Levesley scored the final try again converted by Smerdon.
Llanelli plugged away at the home line in the remaining minutes, but it was a cold and often wet day that did not help the Llanelli handling and two yellow cards in the half did not help the cause. 
Lloyd was possibly the best performer, but Ebbw had done their homework in stopping the runs of full back Dion Jones in particular.
The only good point for Llanelli was that their try brought up 500 league points this season, but the four-match winning sequence in the Premiership was well halted. 
Though only Pontypridd have scored more points and tries, only Bridgend have conceded more points.

Ebbw Vale 36 - 8 Llanelli RFC

Next Saturday is an early kick off in the Principality Premiership against Aberavon RFC at Parc Y Scarlets with a 1 pm kick off. 

Official : Dan Jones (Wales)

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