2017/2018 Principality Premiership
Bedwas 41 v 14 Bridgend
24 February 2018 - Bridge Field, Bedwas
Bridgend Ravens

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Team to face Bedwas (A)

Bridgend Ravens travel to Bedwas on Saturday morning, looking for their first win since the division merged earlier this year (11am).

The game, brought forward to allow supporters to return home in time to watch Wales’ Six Nations clash with Ireland, is Bridgend’s first trip to the Bridge Field since 2016 when Bedwas came out comfortable 30-0 winners.

The sides met twice last season, both at the Brewery Field. Bridgend won the first tie by 26-20, before Bedwas won the Foster’s Cup semi final in handsome fashion by 14-55.

Bridgend make one change to the side that came so close to turning over Ebbw Vale in the last match. Jon Phillips continues at fullback, alongside Aaron Grabham and Joseph Gatt in the back three. Nathan Edwards and Jamie Murphy are selected in the centre, with Ryan Evans partnering Chris Williams, who will make his 100th Bridgend appearance at half back.

The pack remains unchanged – it’s a back row of Matthew John, Adam O’Driscoll and Dafi Davies. Kieran Martin and Chris John in the boiler house and Rhodri Apsee, Gareth Harvey and Cai Lewis in the front row.

Fresh from scoring 43 points last weekend for Penallta, Joseph Scrivens takes his place amongst the replacements looking to make his first Bridgend appearance since September.

Bridgend XV: 15. Jonny Phillips 14. Aaron Grabham 13. Nathan Edwards 12. Jamie Murphy 11. Joseph Gatt 10. Ryan Evans 9. Chris Williams

1. Rhodri Apsee 2. Gareth Harvey 3. Cai Lewis 4. Chris John 5. Kieran Martin 6. Adam O’Driscoll (capt) 7. Dafi Davies 8. Matthew John

Replacements:16. Iestyn Merriman 17. Owen Jordan 18. Neil Elworthy 19. Owain Lloyd 20. Zac O’Driscoll 21. Connor Tantum 22. Will Baird 23. Joseph Scrivens