Bridgend Ravens
2012/2013 Principality Premiership
Bridgend 11 v 38 Cardiff
19 September 2012 - Morganstone Brewery Field, Bridgend

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Bridgend Ravens welcome their old rivals Cardiff RFC to the Riverside Hardware Brewery Field for a midweek encounter in the Principality Premiership (Kick off 7:15pm).

The Ravens will be keen to avenge two consecutive defeats after an excellent victory against Llanelli on the opening weekend. Having beaten the Scarlets, Bridgend then came up short against Cross Keys (35-15) and Llandovery (37-12).

Cardiff started the season with two heavy defeats against Llandovery and Carmarthen Quins. This was followed by a crushing victory over Newport at the Arms Park on Saturday. The Blue and Blacks smashed the Black and Ambers 62-17, running in nine tries.

Captain Jonathon Vaughan is hoping to be fit for the clash and is excited by the challenge the capital side will bring.

‘After coming off the back of two poor away performances, the aim is to come out and deliver a winning performance in front of our fantastic home crowd.’

‘I feel that winning our home games is vital in this league because every team is finding it extremely difficult to win away from home.’

‘Cardiff are not to be taken lightly following their win on Saturday against Newport, but we are desperate to get our show back on the road and get a win. The boys are excited to be back playing at the Riverside Hardware Brewery Field and the mood in the camp is good – confidence is high.’

‘We will look to get the basics right and then hopefully play the way we want to play and put a smile back on the faces of our fans.’

Head coach Ben Rose is also in pessimistic mood ahead of the clash.

It is good to be home after two difficult away trips against experienced sides.’

‘Cardiff seem to be a developing team with a similar philosophy to ourselves - bringing through young players.’

‘I hope that both sides will be encouraged to play the game at pace.’

‘Despite the defeats the performances of the boys have been improving and we hope that a Wednesday night atmosphere will bring out the best in our group of players.’

‘Against Llanelli the crowd helped us to a victory and I hope the same will happen on Wednesday.’

After three games, Bridgend Ravens top scorer is Ospreys full back Ross Jones with twenty five points (two tries and five penalties) followed by youngster Ben Thomas who has twelve (2 penalties and three conversions).

Cardiff came out victorious in the reverse encounter last season, with an impressive 20-26 win at the Riverside Hardware Brewery Field. Bridgend tries that day were scored by Ospreys wing Luke Morgan and two from Steve Cullen, who has now joined Cardiff. The rest of the points came from the boot of Dai Flanagan. That victory is part of an impressive run from the Blue and Blacks, who have won their previous three games against Bridgend at the Riverside Hardware Brewery Field.

The meeting on Wednesday evening is the first of four encounters this season, with the Ravens and Cardiff having been drawn in the same group in the British and Irish Cup.