Bridgend Ravens
2012/2013 Principality Premiership
Bridgend 8 v 33 Pontypridd
09 February 2013 - Morganstone Brewery Field, Bridgend

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Bridgend Ravens team to face Pontypridd (h)

Bridgend Ravens resume their Principality Premiership campaign as they host high flying Pontypridd at the Riverside Hardware Brewery Field this weekend (KO 1:30pm).

After deposing of local rivals Bridgend Athletic in the Swalec Cup last weekend, Pontypridd head to the home of the Ravens looking to build on their win against fellow high flyers Llandovery recently. The 'Valley Commandos' currently lie second, just two points behind leaders Bedwas but with two games in hand.

Bridgend Ravens are weakened by Ospreys call ups again. After 8 Bridgend boys started for Ospreys v Quins last weekend, Arthur Ellis and Jamie Murphy are poised for their first RaboDirect PRO12 appearances, after being named on the bench for the game against Ulster. 

In the pack, Marc Thomas returns from Ospreys duty to partner Ashleigh James and Owen Williams in a strong front row. Owain Lloyd and Lee Davies combine at second row, with Andrew Waite, Jonothan Vaughan (c) and Tom Morgan making up a physical back row.

Ben Ellis starts at scrum half, with Tom Habberfield, Tom Grabham and Chris Williams unavailable at 9, and he partners ex-Ponty favourite Lewis Williams. Nathan Edwards starts on the wing, with Glen Lewis on the other wing. At centre, in form Steve Winn again partners Sam Campbell, with Ben Thomas at full back.

On the bench, scrum half Glenn Holloway (Llantrisant) is poised to make his debut after joining The Ravens, and he's joined by Rhys Thomas, Nick Hopson, Lloyd Evans, Scott Hicks, Jonathan Thomas, Gary Carpenter and Chris Francis.

The full Bridgend Ravens team is as follows:

1 - Marc Thomas
2 - Ashleigh James
3 - Owen Williams
4 - Owian Lloyd
5 - Lee Davies
6 - Andrew Waite
7 - Jonothan Vaughan (c)
8 - Tom Morgan
9 - Ben Ellis
10 - Lewis Williams
11 - Glen Lewis
12 - Steve Winn
13 - Sam Campbell
14 - Nathan Edwards
15 - Ben Thomas

16 - Chris Francis
17 - Gary Carpenter
18 - Jonothan Thomas
19 - Scott Hicks
20 - Lloyd Evans
21 - Glenn Holloway
22 - Rhys Thomas
23 - Nick Hopson