Bridgend Ravens
2012/2013 Principality Premiership
Bridgend 3 v 15 Swansea
08 March 2013 - Morganstone Brewery Field, Bridgend

Match Report

Bridgend 3-15 Swansea

Bridgend Ravens slumped to a disappointing home defeat to Swansea at the Riverside Hardware Brewery Field on Friday.

Bridgend started on the back foot, and Sam Campbell was replaced early on by Nick Hopson after sustaining a knee injury after some Swansea pressure.

It was to get worse for Bridgend, with Lewis Williams putting a shot at goal wide. Swansea counter attacked abruptly, and this allowed powerful number 8, Dan Baker to surge over. Nicky Thomas added the extras.

The game fizzled out into stalemate, with Tom Grabham and Nathan Edwards going closest for the home side before Williams kicked them back into it.

Swansea returned to dominance soon after, and Nathan Edwards saved a certain score, with Williams clearing the lines.

Bridgend seemed to get a foothold after this, but Lloyd Evans was sent to the bin just before the half time whistle of Premiership debutant referee Justin Williams.

Half Time: Bridgend 3-7 Swansea (0-1T)

Swansea started the second half the way they started the first. Some quick ball saw ex-Raven Rhys Williams score out wide after a lightning backs move. Thomas sliced the conversion wide.

The All Whites continued to dominate, and were in for a third try but for a forward pass in the build up. It only seemed a matter of time before they scored.

But the Ravens fought back and failed to score despite a few clear overlaps. The pressure told, and Rob Dudley Jones was sent to the sin bin. Bridgend drove twice close to the line, but Swansea held firm and forced a turnover.

With Bridgend penning the All Whites in their own five metre line, ex Raven Mathew Davies was carded. Matthew Norman also went off after being penalised at the scrum. Swansea were down to twelve and the Ravens had the impetus.

But after a crazy five minutes, Bridgend were denied a penalty try and somehow the bottom of the table side got themselves clear. Dan Baker broke away but Bridgend held firm.

Swansea spent the remaining minutes in Bridgend territory, but when Bridgend broke away Nick Hopson knocked on from a decent attacking position. That was about the last notable action as Swansea secured only their second league win of the season.

Bridgend Scorers:
Penalty: Lewis K Williams (19)

Attendance: 783

Official : Justin Williams (Wales)

Bridgend Swansea