2016/2017 Principality Premiership
Llanelli 24 v 22 Ebbw Vale
04 September 2016 - Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli
Ebbw Vale

Match Report

Champions fall short

An incredible late comeback saw Llanelli overturn a 13-point deficit and seal an impressive win over Premiership champions Ebbw Vale.

Three penalties from the boot of Wales Under-20s international Billy McBryde saw the hosts produce the perfect response to Jarred Rosser's first-minute try, edging them into a two-point lead. 


But indiscipline and sloppy defending saw Ebbw Vale run in two tries either side of half-time to open up a 22-9 lead. 

However, a pulsating last 10 minutes saw the hosts respond with two tries, before a late McBryde penalty completed the comeback.


The reigning champions were handed the ideal start when a sweeping pass from scrum-half Chris Thomas allowed Rosser to sprint down the left flank to go over, with Joe Lewis converting.

That early shock initially seemed to spark Llanelli into life, with the boot of McBryde helping the hosts take advantage of Gethin Robinson's yellow card by kicking three penalties.

But Vale weathered the storm as Llanelli failed to make their momentum count, with Robinson's return to the field adding some extra resilience as the hosts sought a breakthrough.

 The Steelmen were rewarded for their improved defensive efforts midway through the first half when Thomas went over between the posts after quickly taking a free-kick.

Lewis added another five points as the visitors began to settle, while Llanelli were largely guilty of losing their shape during an increasingly frustrating opening half.

Llanelli's indiscipline proved costly after the break, with another driving maul allowing Vale's Matthew Williams to go over after Llanelli prop Simon Gardiner was shown a yellow card.

The hosts continued to be frustrated, but were eventually rewarded 10 minutes from time when hooker Taylor Davies barged his way through to touch down.

And when full-back Dion Jones finished a fine sweeping move to go over in the right-hand corner late on, the stage was set for a sensational comeback.

And an improbable win was wrapped up through the boot of McBryde, who kicked a simple penalty to secure victory.

Llanelli RFC 24 - 22 Ebbw Vale

Courtesy of SWEP

More good news off the field came from David Rees the  RFC Secretary who said “ Off the pitch the Executive team were really pleased with the decision we made to use the Quinnell Lounge as a Clubhouse with all fans, players and officials under the same roof. It all worked very well and we felt that everyone really enjoyed the experience. The Llanelli and indeed, the Ebbw Vale fans we spoke with, thought it was a great venue and the central pitch located seats were really well received.  There was a superb atmosphere and of course, a fantastic result for the boys. Next home game up is Pontypridd so we hope for a good support from the people of Llanelli for our hometown Premiership club as Ponty always turn up in numbers.  


We have now secured sponsors for all our players, which is fantastic for the start of the season, but we are looking for match day sponsors during the season, so any expressions of interest are very welcome. Details are all on the website on whom to contact.  It is a very good way to advertise a business or just have a day out with a party of friends and family”



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Official : Rhys Thomas (Wales)

Llanelli Ebbw Vale