Bridgend Ravens came away from Parc y Scarlets with a bonus point after an entertaining 46-36 defeat against last season’s runners up Llanelli.
In an open clash, Llanelli opened the scoring early on through Josh Adams. However, it did not take Bridgend long to react. A yellow card preceded a Bridgend Ravens penalty try, which Dixon converted.
Minutes later, Scarlets hooker Kirby Myhill crashed over the whitewash, but again – Bridgend battled back through an excellent score from Ross Jones. Dixon landed the conversion to give the Ravens the lead, ten minutes before half time.
Two late scores put Bridgend well behind at half time. Josh Lewis scored, and converted his own try before a penalty try gave Llanelli a bonus point before the interval.
HT: Llanelli 26-14 Bridgend (4-2T).
The second half saw an even more open encounter ensue. Kyle Evans managed to cross for Llanelli to take the game away from the Ravens, before Matt Dwyer pulled one back for Bridgend.
Amidst a flurry of changes, Steffan Evans scored twice to pull Llanelli well clear. Llanelli were spreading the ball wide at pace, and finding gaps at will.
That is why all credit should go to Bridgend in the last period. Adam Williams scored his second try in two games, before Ross Jones gave hope to the visiting supporters.
Hopes of two bonus points were dashed, as Llanelli’s Nic Damjanovic kicked his side well clear of a seven point margin.
There was some late excitement for the travelling Ravens fans, as flanker David Barry signed off Bridgend’s contribution to an open clash.
Bridgend Scorers: Tries: Ross Jones (2), Penalty Try, Matt Dwyer, Adam Williams, David Barry.
Conversions: James Dixon (3).
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