Ebbw Vale saw off Caerphilly 31-14 yesterday to progress to the last 16 of the Konica Minolta Cup.
Ebbw were 12-0 up after just four minutes, but never really stamped their authority on the game in the way they should have. In fairness, it was very much a scratch side due to a string of injuries, Nio’s suspension and three call-ups to international Sevens duty.
The result was never in doubt, but Caerphilly stuck at it well. Ebbw’s makeshift half backs struggled to get the line going, but Kristian Owen organised the defence well and Andrew Bevan bagged himself a hat trick of tries. Neil Edwards, whose partner was in labour at the Royal Glamorgan at the same time as Cath, returned to dominate the lineout again.
The picture, nicked yet again from Graham’s website, shows Tom Edwards launching another Ebbw attack, with me and Philly watching from the terrace.
Ebbw Vale: A McLaughlan (C Anderson 64), J Williams, K Owen, G Roberts, A Bevan (R Downes 77), A Bramwell, T Edwards, A Coundley (I George 26), R Wilkes, A Lott (M Jones 64), M Griffin, N Edwards, J McPhail (R Bowen 69), G Donaldson, W Thomas (captain).
Scorers: Tries - A Bevan (3), I George, G Roberts; conversions - A Bramwell (3).
My man of the match: Kristian Owen