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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.”

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