2015/2016 Principality Premiership
Llanelli 22 v 18 Ebbw Vale
17 October 2015 - Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli
Ebbw Vale

Match Report

Another small step forward

Llanelli made it three straight wins in the Principality Premiership with a memorable victory over last season’s play-off finalists Ebbw Vale at Parc y Scarlets.
Outside-half Josh Lewis, scrum-half Justin James and winger Dion Jones scored for Llanelli who outscored their visitors three tries to two.
The Steelmen enjoyed plenty of the ball but were unable to convert that into points and, while wasting numerous opportunities to score, they were also met with a dogged defensive display from Llanelli which ultimately won it.
This win – and indeed the performance – is also a sign of how far Llanelli have come on under their new coaching set-up this season.
It meant defeat for Ebbw head coach Nigel Davies on his return to his former club and was also a third reverse in their last four outings.
The Steelmen won the corresponding fixture 51-0 last season and got off to the perfect start in this one, with winger David Williams touching down in the right corner after six minutes, with outside half Iain Smerdon taking care of the extras.
The visitors looked more of a threat in the early stages, but were met with some resolute home resistance, with Matthew Owens and Ben Leung both producing brilliant last-ditch tackles to prevent what looked certain Ebbw tries.
Smerdon booted a penalty on 26 minutes hour to put his side 10 points up but Llanelli, who grew as the half wore on, hit back moments later with a try against his former club from Lewis, returning from long-term injury, which he also converted.
Ronny Kynes then thought he’d scored again for the visitors – but the joy was short-lived with the score being ruled out for crossing – before the hosts cut through again just before the break to lead 14-10.
A quick breakaway from the hosts saw wing Harry Robinson send James racing through to score, with the try unconverted.
The visitors began the second period camped inside the Llanelli 22 but they were unable to break through and, after Ebbw had centre Adam Jones sin-binned, Llanelli took advantage to score again on 67 minutes through Jones, with the winger converting his own score to make it 22-10.
But, back came the Steelmen and after Llanelli front row replacement Dylan Evans was yellow carded, they reduced the deficit to just four points thanks to hooker Mathew Williams’ converted try.
A barrage of Ebbw pressure then followed in the closing moments, with replacement Steffan Jones agonisingly knocking into touch right on the line, as the Steelmen had to make do with a losing bonus point – as Llanelli held out to seal a fine victory.

Official : Adam Jones (Wales)

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