Ebbw Vale
2014/2015 Principality Premiership
Ebbw Vale 31 v 24 Llanelli
20 December 2014 - Eugene Cross Park, Ebbw Vale
Llanelli

Match Report

Losing bonus point

Centre Tom Hiscock scored a crucial try for the Steelmen 13 minutes after the restart to pave the way for an exciting victory against a brave and hard-working Llanelli side.

Hiscock wriggled his way through a couple of defenders to crash over for a bonus point touchdown in the corner to earn his side some breathing space and outside half Iain Smerdon completed the scoring with a 40 metre penalty in the 69th minute.

But Vale fans had to bite their nails in a hectic finale as Llanelli threw everything at them bar the kitchen sink.

Vale’s other points came from a penalty try and two touchdowns from impressive scrum half Rhys Downes and lock Josh Jacas with Smerdon adding the conversions. Llanelli also picked up a losing bonus point thanks to tries by outside half Josh Lewis, centre Josh Adams and replacement scrum half Justin James. Lewis also kicked a penalty and three conversions.

Newly-promoted Ebbw Vale were eager to return to Principality Premiership action after a month’s break having won six of their previous nine matches. They thoroughly deserved to be occupying third place in the table behind leaders Pontypridd and Carmarthen Quins. Llanelli, on the other hand, had only chalked up three victories in eight outings. They were hoping to return to winning ways having been beaten 36-10 at Pontypridd in their last Premiership match.

Llanelli had a try opportunity in the second minute when wing Frazier Climo gathered the ball in midfield after the ball had been overthrown at a lineout. Climo slipped the ball inside but centre Josh Adams could not hold on to the ball with the line looming. Six minutes later, Climo gathered a kick ahead inside the home 22 metres area and this time outside half Josh Lewis was in support to cross for an easy try at the posts which he also converted.

The Vale forwards enabled their team to level the scores after 19 minutes when they showed their drive at a series of scrums close to the Llanelli line which resulted in them being awarded a penalty try. Outside half Smerdon converted.

The Steelmen continued to dominate at the scrums and another surge enabled No.8 Harrison Keddie to pick up and send inside half Rhys Downes sprinting over for a 26th minute corner try which Smerdon converted with a fine kick from the touchline.

Back came Llanelli with a vengeance when Josh Lewis burst through to enable centre Josh Adams to score a try in the corner in the 34th minute which Lewis converted. Lewis also kicked a 30 metres penalty goal five minutes later to give the visitors a 17-14 lead.

Then right on half time, Llanelli suffered a double blow. First lock Ed Price was sin-binned and then Vale took advantage immediately from a lineout for lock Josh Jacas to grab a try which Smerdon converted with the last kick of the half to put his side 21-17 ahead.

Scorers:

EBBW VALE

Tries: Penalty try (19 minutes), R. Downes (26 mins), J.Jacas (40 mins), T. Hiscock (53 mins)

Pen: I Smerdon (69 mins)

Cons: I. Smerdon (4)

LLANELLI

Tries: Josh Lewis (8 mins), J. Adams (34 mins), Justin James (64 mins)

Pens: Josh Lewis (39 mins)

Cons: Josh Lewis (3)

Cortesy of Alex Bywater Mid Glamorgan Agency…Walesonline

Attendance: 550

Official : Craig Evans (Wales)

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