Bar­goed forced to set­tle for a los­ing bonus point as Steel­men seize win

Cynon Valley - - RUGBY UNION -

THIS was a game that both sides needed to win and it could have gone ei­ther way.

In the end, a de­ter­mined sec­ond half from the Steel­men and a mo­ment of con­tro­versy lead­ing to a penalty try gave the points to the home side.

Bar­goed took an early lead from the boot of full­back Matthew Lewis only for Lewis Den­nett to square it af­ter 12 min­utes.

The scrums had been com­pet­i­tive from the out­set and one went down on the Ebbw twenty two with both front rows en­meshed in some grap­pling on the floor.

Ref­eree Aled Evans de­cided that Bar­goed’s loose head Rhys Mor­gan and Ebbw Vale tight­head Rob Sevenoaks were re­spon­si­ble for some af­ters and both had yel­low cards. Lewis Lip­pi­ett was in­jured in the col­lapse and had to be placed by Geraint Clarke.

How­ever, Bar­goed got the penalty and Lewis put them back in front.

The Bulls seemed to cope bet­ter than Ebbw with be­ing one short and when Ian Smer­don put a penalty to the cor­ner, a clean catch and well de­vel­oped drive saw re­place­ment hooker Clarke come up with the ball. Lewis’ con­ver­sion from wide out failed but Bar­goed were 3 -11 up af­ter half an hour.

Den­nett got a penalty back on the stroke of half time to make it 6-11 at the break.

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