16 Dec Ebbw Vale 15-18 Bridgend
Bridgend Ravens claimed an important victory over fellow basement side Ebbw Vale at Eugene Cross Park, Owen Howe landed 18 points from the tee to edge out the Steelmen by the finest of margins.
It was Ebbw Vale who raced out of the blocks, getting a first try of the match with just 6 minutes played. A powerful maul again causing the Ravens trouble, Dawid Rubasniak touching down. Dan Haymond added the extras.
In what was an understandably tense affair, both sides eager not to make mistakes. Owen Howe sent his first effort at goal wide after 20 minutes, but the fullback put that behind him as the match went on and it was Howe’s boot that proved to be the difference.
As the half hour mark approached, Howe landed the first of his 6 penalties. The Steelmen struck back through the boot of Haymond before Fullback Howe then struck for a second just as halftime arrived to leave four points between the sides at the break.
HT Ebbw Vale RFC 10-6 Bridgend Ravens
Owen Howe was again on target at the start of the second cheap tadalafil uk half to narrow the gap to just a point. Bridgend then lost Dafi Davies to the bin as the team infringements built up.
Bridgend were able to keep Ebbw Vale pinned back thanks to the enormous boot of Howe. The Ravens defence made crunching tackles with the packs efforts typified by Supporters Man Of the Match Morgan Strong.
As the hour mark approached, the Ravens took the lead for the first time. The armwrestle of a match saw the scoreboard swing in each teams favour as in the final 20 played out just as tentatively as the opening 60. Owen Howe notched three more from the tee while Bridgend were down to 14.
The hosts struck back with a second try, again the maul caused the Ravens problems before a pick and go saw Chris Coleman drive over. The wide conversion left three points between the sides as we entered the final 15.
Ebbw Vale then saw a yellow card arrive just as Bridgend returned to a full complement. Owen Howe immediately punished the hosts, levelling the scores. It then took just five minutes for Howe to add his 18th point of the afternoon, handing Bridgend a slim 3 point lead with 10 minutes to play.
An intense final ten minutes played out with Ebbw Vale trying to gain ground upfield whilst Bridgend pinned the Steelmen back. A final surge from the hosts saw Bridgend defend valiantly and win a penalty, Howe cleared into the stand to secure a vital four points, seeing The Ravens close in on Ebbw Vale in the league standings.
Bridgend continue a busy festive period when they host Swansea at the Morganstone Brewery Field on Saturday in an all Ospreylian derby. Kick off is at 2:30pm.