Bridgend Ravens started their Premiership campaign with a crushing defeat at the hands of Carmarthen Quins on Saturday at the Bridgend Ford Brewery Field.
It was a game which the Ravens started positively, with an excellent early try from hooker Ash James, which was converted by James Dixon. After this, Quins stamped their authority on the match to blow Bridgend away.
Sion Bennett scored the opener for the visitors, minutes after Craig Evans had kicked their first three points of the game. Evans was not as successful from the tee, slicing his conversion miles wide of the mark.
Soon after, Ospreys Ross Jones gave Bridgend hope with a long distance penalty to level the scores, but this was as good as it got for Bridgend - even after Dixon kicked them into the lead moments later.
The tide changed when two players were sent to the bin. Ash James of Bridgend and Gareth Thomas of Carmarthen received a ten minute rest after some off the ball fighting at the end of the half. This invited the Quins to attack, and Haydn Pugh scored a try to silence the home support.
HT: Bridgend 13-15 Carmarthen Quins
The second half was a different story, as Carmarthen rampantly attacked the Ravens to storm a bonus point victory.
Haydn Pugh crossed again, before tries from Dylan Morgans and Jason Harries (2) took the game away from the home side. The kicking of Craig Evans and Aled Thomas put the final nail in the coffin, securing a sensational win for the Quins.
Bridgend did manage a late consolation from second row Owain Lloyd, which Dixon converted, but the game was already up.
The Ravens face a tricky trip to double winners Pontypridd on Wednesday night, looking to kick start their season after a disappointing start on Saturday.
Bridgend Scorers: Tries: Ash James (5), Owain Lloyd (78). Cons: James Dixon (6, 79). Pens: James Dixon (30), Ross Jones (22).
Referee: Chris Williams.