Steel­men re­main calm to keep pres­sure on the top sides

The Rugby Paper - - Principality Premiership - By IAN GOLDEN Star man Rhys Jones - Ebbw Vale

EBBW Vale stayed pa­tient to pick up the full five points at Bar­goed and stay in touch at the top of the Prin­ci­pal­ity Premier­ship ahead of their vi­tal home clash with third-placed Cardiff next week­end.

Josh Prosser and Rhys Jones ex­changed penal­ties in the open­ing stages as the home side went 6-3 up.

But then the visi­tors cre­ated two flashes of bril­liance in the space of five min­utes to build an 11point ad­van­tage.

Jack Dixon shrugged off his mark­ers to dive in the cor­ner for their first try, which Jones con­verted to give Ebbw Vale the lead for the first time.

The Steel­men then re­gained the ball from the re-start be­fore a bril­liant up-and-un­der from Jones was latched onto by Lewis Young, al­low­ing him a clear run in un­der the posts. Jones once again added the ex­tras.

A sec­ond penalty from Jones gave the Steel­men a 20-6 lead, but Bar­goed hit back just be­fore the break with the first of two tries from Duane Dyer. That made it 20-11 at half-time.

An­other Prosser penalty cut the gap to six points and then, af­ter choos­ing a scrum over an easy three points from a penalty, they worked Dyer over in the cor­ner for his sec­ond try.

Prosser’s con­ver­sion kick hoisted the home side into a 21-20 lead.

Two min­utes later, Lloyd Evans broke through to score the Steel­men’s third try and Josh Lewis grabbed the bonus-point with the fi­nal move of the match.

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