Thursday, April 17, 2008

Rugby Notes

Best game of the year on Tuesday night, as Ebbw Vale ran wild in thrashing Aberavon 48-20.

A seven try haul isn't bad any day of the week, but when its: against a team above you in the table; against a team that knocked you out of the cup 10 days earlier; and its from a 3-17 deficit just 15 minutes into the game, then the result is even more impressive.

There's actually a report in the Western Mail, must have been a slow news day.

Ebbw Vale: S Hunt; J Lewis, K Owen, G Roberts, A Bevan; B Shelbourne (A McLaughlan 64 mins), G Williams; A Coundley (M Jones 53), R Wilkes (M Williams 70), A Lott, W Thomas (capt), M Griffin (D Hudd 64), N Aiono (R Dicks 68), J Thomas, J McPhail.

Scorers: Tries for Kristian Owen (2), Nio Aiono, Andrew Bevan, Gareth Williams, James Lewis and Anthony Lott. 5 conversions and a penalty for Bryan Shelbourne.

Man of the match: Kristian Owen, but as a complete team effort it could have gone to almost anyone.

Just three games to go, Glamorgan Wanderers and Cross Keys at home and Swansea away. Currently sitting in third, second place is certainly gettable.

As they stand:
1 Neath, played 23, 87 points
2 Cardiff, 24, 72
3 Ebbw Vale, 23, 67
4 Pontypridd, 23, 67
5 Swansea, 23, 66
6 Aberavon, 22, 64

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