Bridgend Ravens
2013/2014 Principality Premiership
Bridgend 19 v 13 Swansea
29 November 2013 - Morganstone Brewery Field, Bridgend

Match Report

Bridgend 19-13 Swansea

Bridgend Ravens secured a well deserved win over Ospreylian rivals Swansea, following an excellent second half comeback at the Bridgend Ford Brewery Field.

The Ravens left it late (again), following a slack first half where they trained 3-13. However a superb second period saw them steal the spoils, with an excellent try from a forward drive scored by Ashleigh James.

Nicky Thomas opened the scoring with the Whites, although Ross Jones drew level soon after. It was an exciting opening period, as both teams looked to make their mark on the game. However, it was to be Swansea who would dominate the remainder of the first period.

The immaculate Nicky Thomas kicked another penalty, before wing Richard Williams crossed the line for the dominating Swans. Thomas slotted the extras from the touchline.

HT: Bridgend 3-13 Swansea

Exactly like the weekend before, the Ravens supporters got the response they wanted from their players in the second half. The tie was a real relegation eight pointer, and it was vital that the home side got something from the clash with their Ospreys partners.

Bridgend battered away at the Swansea line for most of the half, but only had three further penalties from Jones to show for it. However, as time was ticking away Swansea were reduced to 14 men. Seizing the momentum, the Ravens pack drove over the line, allowing Ashleigh James to score to the delight of the home faithful. Ross Jones slotted the conversion.

The remaining twenty minutes were littered with errors, but Bridgend held strong and were unlucky not to win by more than just six points. The win backs up and impressive draw with Llandovery last weekend, which hopefully marks the start of the period which will see Bridgend climb up the Premiership table.

Ravens Scorers: Try: Ash James (68). Conversion: Ross Jones (69). Penalties: Ross Jones (20, 42, 48 & 49).

Attendance: 917

Official : Ben Whitehouse (Wales)

Bridgend Swansea