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02 December 2017 / Club News

MERTHYR 57 EBBW VALE 7

IRONMEN TOO STRONG FOR THE STEELMEN.

MERTHYR 57 EBBW VALE 7

Merthyr completed the double over the steel men of Ebbw Vale on Friday night as they ran in 9 tries of which 4 were scored by right wing Kyle Evans. The win now puts the ironmen top of the premiership division east table, one point ahead of second place Pontypridd with one game remaining. Ebbw Vale could not have gotten off to a worse start as right wing Srden Majkic was yellow carded by referee Gwyn Morris, for a tip tackle in the opening 2minutes reducing the steel men to 14 men. Merthyr soon capitalized on the extra man as wingman Kyle Evans raced in for the first of his 4 tries. The Merthyr pack were once again in control in the early exchanges well led by skipper Craig Locke and supported by big ball carrying forwards, Nick White, Phil Rees, and Osian Davies. Merthyr soon doubled their lead when wingman Evans showed his pace and speed has he race away from several Ebbw Vale tacklers, outside half Richard Powell converted to give the home side a 12-0 lead, after 15 minutes. With the home pack winning good possession it was not long before Evans scored his hat-trick with once again his strength and pace, Powell converting to give the ironmen a 19-0 lead. Ebbw Vale to their credit tried to get back into the game with several good breaks from full back Dan Haymond but the home defence held strong. Just before half time Live wire scrum half Justin James jinked his way over from a scrum near the Ebbw Vale line to give Merthyr a 24-0 half time lead. Things got worse for the visitors when full back Kristian Phillips intercepted a long pass in mid-field and raced away under the posts, replacement outside half Gareth Davies converting to stretch the lead 31-0. The Merthyr pack then began to put the steel men pack under pressure from both the set piece and lineout. A kickable penalty goal was turned down and Merthyr opted for the kick to touch. From the lineout, the Merthyr 8 drove Ebbw Vale back over their own line with hooker Richard Wilkes emerging with the ball, Davies converted for a 38-0 lead. Merthyr were now in full control as both forwards and backs handled well and a sweeping move from the threequarters resulted in left wingman Steffan Andrews racing away clear to touch down for the first of his two tries, Davies once again converted as Merthyr moved into a 45-0 lead. Wingman Kyle Evans then got his 4th try of the night when he latched onto a clever chip ahead by outside half Davies to race in as Merthyr hit the 50 points. A lack of concentration from the home defence allowed wing man Majkic to break several tackles and touch down under the posts, he also added the conversion. However, it was Merthyr who were to have the last say when once again the pace and movement of the threequarters found left wing Andrews in space and he once again raced away for his second try, which Davies converted, and Merthyr had run out comfortable winners 57-7. This was a rampant performance form the ironmen as both forwards and backs gelled well together to run in the 9 tries and pass the 50 points in consecutive home games. For Merthyr, the forwards laid down a good platform for the Merthyr backs to show their pace and have found deadly finishers, in Kyle Evans, Kristian Phillips, and Steffan Andrews. Merthyr take a two week break due to the British and Irish cup and are back in action on the 23rd December when they play Bargoed RFC at home in the last game of the Division East games, before the East division merge with the West after Christmas   

MERTHYR: 15 K PHILLIPS, 14 K EVANS, 13 T RILEY, 12 A PICHES, 11 S ANDREWS, 10 R POWELL, 9 J JAMES, 1 N TREVETT, 2 R WILKES, 3 J REES, 4 B MURPHY, 5 C LOCKE(C) 6 N WHITE, 7 O DAVIES, 8 P REES. 16 J HOWE, 17 S EVANS, 18 L JONES, 19 L EVANS, 20 E SIGGERY, 21 R DOWNES, 22 G DAVIES, 23 M JARVIS.

SCORERS, K EVANS 4T, S ANDREWS 2T, R WILKES 1T, J JAMES 1T, K PHILLIPS 1T, R POWELL 2C, G DAVIES 4C.

REFEREE: GWYN MORRIS(CARDIFF). 

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