Ebbw Vale, playing in their Monmouthshire-blue away kit, gained a fine win at Aberavon on the weekend, 22-17.
The pack went well without Nelly (suspended) and dominated throughout. The backs, however, looked somewhat disjointed and makeshift outside-half Aaron Bramwell failed to get the back line going consistently. Nevertheless, a good win which was wrapped up well before Aberavon had centre Darren Ryan sent off late on.
As always, the latest news is available on the Ebbw Vale RFC website. The Western Mail’s report is here, Graham photos of the game are here, and EyeJay has even posted some YouTube clips here.
Scorers: Tries for Alistair Lyon, Kristian Owen and Andrew Bevan, a conversion and a penalty by Bramwell, and one penalty by Andrew McLaughlan.
Highlight: Some fine rolling mauls, quality scrums and great defence against one of the biggest packs in the league.
Lowlight: Poor atmosphere. The ground would have been deserted without the usual horde of travelling Ebbw Vale fans. The ten minutes of stoppage time at the end was played in an emotional vacuum.
Man of the Match: The front row as a whole – Alistair Lyon, Richard Wilkes and Mark Jones, as well as subs Matthew Williams and Anthony Lott.