Nic Cudd made his return to action for Ebbw Vale this afternoon in his first appearance since rupturing ligaments in his left knee in February 2019.
The 31-year-old openside played with a number 6 on his back rather than the usual 7, as Greg Woods' team ran out 20-17 victors against RGC to record a season double against the North Walians.
Coupled with defeat for Bridgend, Ebbw have opened up an 8 point lead over the Ravens and have a game in hand. The two teams meet at the Brewery Field at the end of the month so will be keen to build an advantage over their relegation rivals in the scramble to avoid being the team that swaps places with either Pontypool or Bargoed, who are scrapping for the promotion spot in the Championship.
The Steelmen drew 6-6 in challenging conditions in Carmarthen last week and Woods, who hailed the performance of his pack, believed they could even have left with four points rather than two.
The management demand the same intensity and the pack delivered against RGC to complete their double after winning 31-23 in Colwyn Bay back in November.