This morning proved a poignant morning for a number of reasons. As always for the Sunday nearest the 11th, we remembered all the fallen heroes who have represented the armed forces in wars over the last century. However, the day was even more reflective as a result of the passing of the true gentleman that was Phil Swan, a legend of RTB Ebbw Vale and a totally respected clubman across the whole rugby community of Gwent.
A two minute silence for armistice and Phil Swan was held before the kick off with local rivals Rhymney and it was impeccably observed by both teams.
The game was to be a rematch of the last encounter of the 2015/16 season that took place in May. That was a final of the Rhymney tournament and ended up going into extra time, before the Ebbw Vale outfit managed to sneak ahead to win an evenly contested festival final.
The game today was a keenly contested, Rhymney providing stern opposition that would never lie down.
Three swift tries ensured the Steelers dominated the early stages and forward dominance provided a good platform, however as expected from such a proud Rhymney unit, they battled back well and ended the half with a try to mean a score of 28 points to 7 in favour of the Ebbw Vale outfit.
As we entered the second half, Rhymney dominated the early stages and an increasing penalty count against the home side resulted in another try for the visitors. That sparked the ‘Steelers’ back into life and the back division moved the ball to score a number of well worked tries.
Rhymney are always proud, never gave up and competed fiercely to the end, however on the day the RTB side had too much to offer and were deserved victors at 50 points to 14.
Great performances in particular were evident from backs Josh Davies, Lewis Prendergast, Dylan Edwards and Ryan Dennington, forwards offered great support through Liam Price, Leon Williams and the ever committed Max Gregory.
We wish our friends from Rhymney all the best and look forward to visiting later in the season.
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