Bridgend Ravens salvaged a losing bonus point from a clash with Aberavon on Friday evening.
A horrendous first half from the Ravens saw them ship three first half tries. Ex-Bridgend Athletic full back Jonny Phillips sliced through for the Wizards first try after 15 minutes. Prior to this, Jamie Davies and James Dixon both opened the accounts for their respective sides.
Ieuan Davies was the next Aberavon player to get his name on the score sheet, followed by a late effort from Richard Carter which put the Port Talbot side well ahead as the half time whistle sounded. Bridgend’s only impact on the scoreboard came through two further James Dixon penalties.
HT: Aberavon 27-9 Bridgend (3-0T).
The second half was one of total contrast. Bridgend dominated possession and territory throughout the second forty minutes. On numerous occasions, the Ravens looked certain to score, but to their credit Aberavon stood firm.
The rest of the half was dominated by changes, with both sides utilising their benches. Just when all seemed lost for Bridgend, Luke Morgan was put in for a try following some quick hands from the backs, Dixon drop goaled the conversion.
With the wind in their sails, Bridgend launched one final attack. Lloyd Evans broke the line and offloaded to Tom Grabham, who bounced off four tacklers to save a bonus point for the Ravens. James Dixon kicked another successful conversion. Following the conversion, referee Simon Rees blew his full time whistle to end an open encounter and gift Jason Hyatt his first win as Aberavon coach.
FT: Aberavon 27-23 Bridgend (3-2T).
Bridgend Scorers: Tries: Luke Morgan (84), Thomas Grabham (86). Conversions: James Dixon (84, 86). Penalties: James Dixon (5, 21, 37).
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