The Boxing Day local derby (not) saw Ebbw Vale play host to Llandovery. A very festive day was had by all, with the exception of the Llandovery team who had their backsides handed to them, going down 38-13. And so Ebbw Vale go top of the Premiership again.
This year’s festive theme was pirates and there were many fine examples on display, as well as a selection of Santa hats. Pride of place had to go to former mayor Don Wilcox whose pirate outfit included a stuffed parrot on his shoulder that sung Jingle Bells.
On the field, the result wasn’t in doubt really as Ebbw soaked up some early pressure and then went down the field to earn a penalty try. Tries from Kristian Owen, Michael Delore, Simon Hunt and Andrew MacLaughlan followed, four of which were converted by Simon Hunt.
The only blot on the day was the sending off of Nio Aiono for a challenge which was adjudged to be dangerous challenge. It was clumsy and misjudged, yes, and the Llandovery player had to be stretchered off, but it didn’t appear to be malicious. Hope he recovers quickly.
My man of the match - Rhys Williams who helped the Ebbw pack to dominate the day.
Next game is this Saturday when Ebbw (and me) make the short trip to the flood plain known as Cross Keys.