2012/2013 Principality Premiership
Pontypridd 45 v 35 Bridgend
22 September 2012 - Sardis Road, Pontypridd
Bridgend Ravens

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Following three successive defeats, Bridgend Ravens face the massive challenge of facing the champions, Pontypridd at Sardis Road next (Saturday, KO 2:30pm).

The Ravens made a hugely promising start to the season, beating Llanelli at the Riverside Hardware Brewery Field. That high has been countered by three thirty point defeats at Cross Keys, Llandovery and most recently at home against Cardiff.

Pontypridd on the other hand have made a perfect start to the season, storming to two consecutive victories – against Cross Keys and a rare victory at Carmarthen Quins.

Head coach Ben Rose is expected to make a number of changes as the hectic schedule takes its toll on his squad.

Captain Jonathon Vaughan believes Pontypridd will be a tough test for his side.

‘We all know the challenge that is coming Saturday. Sardis Road is the hardest place to go in this league and get a result but it's the sort of challenge we want as a squad. The game on Saturday will really show where we are as a squad. This is our benchmark and we are not going there to make up the numbers.’

Vaughans’ team mate, Arthur Ellis is also excited about the prospect of facing the champions in their own back yard.

‘I am massively looking forward to the challenge at Sardis Road. It is perhaps the one you highlight as the hardest game in terms of getting points out of the game. On a personal level, you want to play against the best and as Pontypridd are champions last season, we know its a tough challenge and its one we are looking forward to. Hopefully, we have learnt a lot about ourselves in the last week (with two defeats) and we need to bounce back from Wednesday’s disappointment with a performance.’

Last season, it was a victory a piece for the sides. Dai Flanagan kicked a last minute penalty to earn victory for Bridgend at the Riverside Hardware Brewery Field on a cold Saturday in January, before Pontypridd avenged t defeat with a forty point destruction of the men in blue and white in the reverse fixture.

Bridgend Ravens: TBA.