- Swansea hammered by in form Ebbw Vale
- 18 points for star fly half Lewis Dennet
- Heaviest defeat of the season for All Whites
By: Paul Hopkins
The All Whites fell to a disappointing heavy defeat at the hands of in form Ebbw Vale at Eugene Cross Park.
The Steelmen showed no signs of weariness as they claimed the win just three days after booking a place in the semi finals of the cup and the visitors were left to rue a performance littered with mistakes.
The home side were awarded an early penalty after Swansea failed to release the man after the tackle. Fly half Lewis Dennet, a late inclusion in the starting 15, kicked his side ahead.
A similar offence by the Whites’ defence gifted Dennet another penalty goal following good work by the Ebbw pack.
A powerful scrum by the Steelmen drove their Swansea counterparts backwards at a rate of knots. Dennet completed a hat trick of penalties inside the opening ten minutes.
A superb break through the middle by winger Toby Fricker stretched the visitors’ defence and the supporting centre Dom Franchi threw a scoring pass to full back Dan Haymond, who touched down in the corner. Dennet converted.
Dom Franchi was penalised for failing to roll away from the tackle, but fly half Gareth Walters missed his effort at goal.
A good lineout take by flanker Ronny Kynes sent the Steelmen on another attack and winger Steff Thomas looked certain to score after a Haymond break, but flanker Ben Davies made a last gasp try saving tackle.
A powerful maul from the twenty-two was brought down illegally by the Whites’ pack and the home side opted for a five metre scrum. From the set piece Ebbw got the ball out to Haymond, who stepped inside a tackle to score his second try. Dennet converted.
Number eight Steffan Jones made a barnstorming run down the wing after taking a high ball as Swansea looked to hit back, but an impressive Ebbw defence meant Walters was forced to kick for territory. The lineout by hooker Joe Franchi was poor and opposite number Tom Ball collected a loose ball, forcing the home side offside. Full back Luke Griffiths kicked the penalty goal.
The Ebbw Vale forwards stayed patient to go through multiple phases, before Thomas made a break on the wing and Joe Franchi spotted a gap in a tired Swansea defence to score under the posts. Dennet converted.
Half-time:- Ebbw Vale 30 Swansea 3
Prop Rob Sevenoaks was penalised for straying offside at the breakdown and Walters kicked to touch. A good lineout take by lock Matt Dodd saw the pack drive forward, forcing Ebbw offside. However, a wayward throw at the lineout ended the attack.
A monster hit by Dom Franchi dumped Walters on the ground, earning a penalty and ending a period of Swansea pressure.
The home side earned a bonus point when Fricker took a long pass on the wing, leaving his opposite number for dead. Dennet missed the conversion.
A powerful scrum by the home pack gave Dennet another penalty chance and he rubbed salt in the visitors’ wounds with another three pointer.
Another creative move by the Ebbw backs resulted in a try for replacement flanker Jon Davies out wide. Dennet missed the conversion.
In the dying moments a dangerous tip tackle by replacement scrum half Tom Ham saw him handed a red card, and Joe Franchi was also given a yellow card for his part in ensuing fight. Dennet missed the penalty goal.
Full-time:- Ebbw Vale 43 Swansea 3
Ebbw Vale scorers:
Tries:- Dan Haymond (12, 30), Joe Franchi (40+3). Toby Fricker (48), Jon Davies (74)
Cons:- Lewis Dennet (13, 31, 40+4)
Pens:- Lewis Dennet (2, 6, 9, 66)
Yellow cards:- Ronny Kynes (71), Joe Franchi (80)
Pens:- Luke Griffiths (35)
Red cards:- Tom Ham (80)
Venue:- Eugene Cross Park, Ebbw Vale
Referee:- Jason Morris
Weather:- Light cloud, 8C
Man of the match:- Lewis Dennet
Ebbw Vale team:
15 Dan Haymond (rep: Callum Hall 67)
14 Toby Fricker
13 James Lewis
12 Dom Franchi (rep: Srdan Majkic 50)
11 Steff Thomas
10 Lewis Dennet
9 Sam Ireland
1 Joel Harries (rep: Jordan Rogers 67)
2 Joe Franchi (rep: Rhys Francis 56)
3 Rob Sevenoaks (rep: Curtis Hicks 58)
4 Kristian Parker
5 Lance Randall (rep: Jon Davies 62)
6 Rhys Clarke (rep: Dai Jones 71)
7 Ronny Kynes ©
8 Lewis Young (rep: Cameron Reagan 50)
16 Rhys Francis
17 Jordan Rogers
18 Curtis Hicks
19 Jon Davies
20 Cameron Reagan
21 Dai Jones
22 Srdan Majkic
23 Callum Hall
15 Luke Griffiths
14 Andrew Claypole
13 Richard Fussell
12 J Rhys Williams
11 Dan Howells (rep: Owen Howe 73)
10 Gareth Walters
9 Rhodri Wells (rep: Tom Ham 61)
1 Richard Murphy (rep: Jack Powell 59)
2 Tom Ball (rep: Sion Jones 54)
3 Fenton Holder (rep: Carl Ackland 50)
4 Sam Kiley © (rep: Jay Williams 47)
5 Matt Dodd
6 Jon Vaughan
7 Ben Davies
8 Steffan Jones (rep: Jon Fox 47)
16 Sion Jones
17 Jack Powell
18 Carl Ackland
19 Jay Williams
20 Jon Fox
21 Tom Ham
22 Owen Howe
23 Jake Randall