2012/2013 Principality Premiership
Cardiff 19 v 16 Bridgend
30 November 2012 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Bridgend Ravens

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Bridgend Ravens will be hoping to return to winning ways as they round up their trio of away games with a trip to The Arms Park to face Cardiff on Friday (30th, KO 7:15pm).

The Ravens won their opening league match of the season against Llanelli but then went on a run of five losses before beating Newport in a 12-try thriller at the Riverside Hardware Brewery Field. From then on they looked to have found their feet and were on track to record five wins in a row before being brought back down to earth by Llanelli at Parc y Scarlets last week.

Cardiff were the victors when the sides met back in September as the visitors romped to an 11-38 victory but the Ravens got their own back in the British & Irish Cup, when their forwards dominated in the scrum and helped the side to a 25-7 win. Victory for the Ravens on this occasion also presents the added bonus of moving above Cardiff in the Principality Premiership table.

The Ravens have made four changes from the side that took on Llanelli last weekend. Once again the backs remain mostly unchanged, with Ben Thomas brought in at fullback with Ashley Evans moving over to the wing for Tom Grabham.

There are two changes in the front row with Ken Dowding and Chris Francis coming in for Daniel Suter and Ashleigh James, respectively. The final change in the pack is at flanker, with Andrew Waite starting ahead of Jonathon Vaughan. Arthur Ellis captains the Ravens for the very first time.

Ravens squad to face Cardiff:

15. Ben Thomas 14. Ashley Evans 13. Nathan Edwards 12. Steve Winn 11. Luke Morgan 10. Jamie Murphy 9. Chris Williams 8. Adam Hillier-Rees 7. Arthur Ellis (Capt.) 6. Andrew Waite 5. Alex Jones 4. Shaun O'Rourke 3. Jonathan Thomas 2. Chris Francis 1. Ken Dowding

Replacements: Rod Apsee, Gary Carpenter, Lee Davies, Scott Hicks, Jonathon Vaughan, Kyle Barrett, Sam Campbell, Rhys Ward Jones
Referee: Chris Williams