Unit skills were not of a high order from either side in front of a small crowd at Eugene Cross Park, with both teams making enough unforced errors to last them the rest of the season. It was not much of an advertisement for the Premiership.
But visitors Llandovery at least showed the enthusiasm and teamwork to earn them their win, whereas Ebbw are already looking down the barrel and will have to plug deficiencies in certain areas if they are to avoid being one of three clubs taking the drop at the end of the season. Selecting a wing threequarter to play scrum-half was the start of their problems and lack of communication on the field robbed them of likely scoring chances.
The Drovers, on the other hand, took what came their way, conceded only one score in the second half and became stronger as the game wore on. Their forwards were on top when Tom Walker forced his way over and the Ebbw Vale defence were twice in a tangle for Rob Walters to score an interception try and for referee Neil Ballard to award a penalty try that killed them off. Full-back Gareth Morgan had a fine day with the boot. The longer the match wore on, the longer his kicking game and he finished with 12 useful points.
"We had a chat about indiscipline at half-time and reduced the penalty count," said coach Iestyn Thomas. "Overall we looked hungrier than they did."