BRIDGEND ................... 18 EBBW VALE ................. 21
GREG Woods was delighted with the character of his side as Ebbw Vale came from behind to claim a late victory over Bridgend in the Principality Premiership.
The Steelmen dumped the Ravens out of the WRU National Cup last Tuesday with a 33-13 triumph at the Morganstone Brewery Field and the hosts were clearly out for revenge as they dominated the first half.
Jonny Phillips and Nathan Edwards both crashed over, with Ryan Evans kicking five points.
Cameron Regan kept Ebbw in the game with a try in the dying minutes of the first half but a second Evans penalty handed Bridgend an 18-8 lead going into the final 20 minutes.
“Bridgend threw everything at us in the first half, which we expected after Tuesday night, but our defence was superb to only concede the amount of points that we did,” said Ebbw head coach Woods.
“After you beat someone quite comfortably in the cup on their own patch you expect them to react, and Bridgend did.
“They played with a lot of heart but we just had to soak it up and make sure we weren’t too far behind.
“We always knew our physicality, our scrum and our territory game would get on top in the second half and I’m just pleased that we got over the line.”
As the game went on the Steelmen started to see more of the ball and they hauled themselves back into the game with a penalty try on 67 minutes. Dorian Jones, who replaced Callum Hall early in the second half, added two penalties to hand Ebbw a narrow win.
“I thought we had them on toast in the scrum,” continued Woods.
“I expect us to win penalties and be quite dominant there. I was just pleased that Dorian came on and kicked the winning points.”