Bridgend Ravens produced an electric first half to beat Newport at the Riverside Hardware Brewery Field on Saturday.
Before the game, Head Coach Ben Rose talked about producing physicality and a performance for eighty minutes. His claim that his side could beat anyone on their day was proved true as they produced an exceptional first half display to destroy a hapless Newport side that had two yellow cards for violent conduct in the first five minutes. This took the visitors tally to an unbelievable 10 cards this season already.
Following this, Bridgend turned on the style and crossed soon after following great forward momentum, with a touch of class by hooker Ash James to finish off the move. Two minutes later, Jamie Murphy raced in for a fantastic team score after some great work from Bridgend product Matthew Morgan. Morgan added the extras, before kicking a penalty to extend the lead further.
Murphy added a second try after a sensational thirty metre run from Tom Grabham. Again Morgan kicked the extras and Bridgend were firmly in control.
Newport stayed in touch with a try from Adam Frampton and a penalty from the efficient Scott Sneddon but the Ravens were not finished in the first half.
Hooker Ash James romped in for his second score following a flowing team move. Morgan converted and Bridgend were now in a dominant 32-8 lead going into the interval.
Half Time: Bridgend 32-8 Newport.
Bridgend seemed well in control, but following two yellow cards to Owen Williams and Jon Vaughan, Newport were able to claw themselves back into it. Frampton scored his second before winger Elliot Frewen scored a quick fire hattrick.
But Bridgend were not to let this game slip, as Chris Williams slipped through a gap and then Arthur Ellis powered over for two tries in four minutes as Newport attempted to gain parity.
The Black and Ambers were to have the final say with a try from Andrew Brown but it was to be too little too late, as the Ravens came away with the spoils.
Jonathon Vaughan was a relieved man after the game. ‘We produced a great first half performance and we held out well the first twenty minutes of the second. We were just twenty minutes away from a complete performance.’
Bridgend Ravens: Murphy, Morgan, Edwards (A.Evans 73), Winn (B.Thomas 72), Grabham, Morgan, C.Williams; Thomas, James, O.Williams (Suter 65), Jacas (A.Evans 52), Davies, Vaughan, Ellis, Hicks (Waite 70).
Tries: Ash James (8, 36), Jamie Murphy (10, 24), Chris Williams (68), Arthur Ellis (72). Conversions: Matthew Morgan (10, 24, 36). Penalties: Morgan (17, 37).
Bridgend Ravens MoTM: Steve Winn, Chris Williams.