Llandovery 43-17 Bridgend
Bridgend Ravens were blown away by Llandovery at Church Bank on Saturday, sealing their third defeat in their opening three Premiership games.
After a promising display on Wednesday at Pontypridd, Bridgend shipped thirty one first half points to trail 31-0 at the interval.
The second half offered a lot more promise, with Bridgend crashing over for three tries and winning the half, but the game had already been long lost.
Bridgend dominated the early period but turned down a number of kickable penalties, instead opting for the corner. This resulted in little, and Llandovery struck on the counter attack through Rhodri Williams – scoring under the posts. Conversion was added by Ian Brooks.
It was very much a possession game, with each side exchanging kicks. Bridgend wasted chances through Scott Hicks and Aaron Jarvis, and were again made to pay with Llewellyn Jones scoring for the Drovers - Brooks again adding the points.
There were positives for Bridgend, and the scrum surged forward to earn a number of penalties. However, Ian Brooks kicked Llandovery further ahead, with worse yet to come for the Ravens.
Llandovery scored two late scores to take the game even further away from the Ospreylian side. Aaron Warren scored a questionable try after a long hack up field, before another counter attacking score, this time from Phil Day, put the Drovers out of sight.
HT: Llandovery 31-0 Bridgend Ravens
Undoubtedly Bridgend improved in the second period. Early defence was good from the Ravens, before Jac Hopkins went close with a dart for the corner. Ross Jones also threatened the line with a speedy attack, before being crashed into touch.
The move of the match for the visitors came for Jamie Murphy’s try. Some lovely build up resulted in the Ospreys back scoring under the posts – before Dixon slotted the conversion.
The jubilation did not last long. Another long hack up field was not dealt with by Bridgend and Matt Jacobs managed to squeeze over to the delight of the home fans.
In a see-saw second half, Bridgend were next on the board. Adam Williams, a recent acquisition to Ben Rose’ squad, ripped the ball before getting the Ravens second try. Dixon hit the post with the conversion attempt.
Minutes later, youngster Owen Howe waltzed over the whitewash, to give Bridgend hope of a four try bonus point with injury time looming.
As the game entered the latter stages, Lee Williams came close for Llandovery, but Chris Williams made a stunning last ditch tackle. It was not long before Llandovery scored again though, as an interception allowed Sam Soul to score for the West Walians and put the tie beyond doubt.
Following three opening defeats, Bridgend face the daunting task of travelling to Parc y Scarlets to face Llanelli next Saturday (2:30pm).
Bridgend Scorers: Tries: Murphy (67), Williams (75) & Howe (80). Conversion: Dixon (67).
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