Bridgend fell short at Carmarthen Park despite a much improved display, as Wales 7’s star Lee Williams ran in a hat trick.
Penalty goals were traded in the opening ten minutes that saw Bridgend edge ahead 6 points to 3. With 15 minutes on the clock, the Ravens were able to add to their early lead. Some concerted pressure following a strong maul set the visitors on the front foot. James Dixon found a gap and was able to score the games first try. The fly half converted to take his, and the Ravens tally to 13.
Carmarthen’s Daniel Jones added another penalty as the hosts began to pile on the pressure. Multiple offences close to the line led to a yellow card for prop Gary Carpenter. Bridgend put their bodies on the line as the hosts remained camped 5 metres from the Bridgend line. A first try for Carmarthen was to come though, following a 10 minute spell inside the Ravens 22, as a wide move was finished in the corner by Lee Williams. Jones missed the resulting conversion.
The Ravens notched their second score with a neat sweeping move, one side of the pitch to the other. It was top try scorer O’Flaherty who went over out wide. Dixon was unlucky to strike the upright with his conversion attempt. It was Carmarthen who would have the final say of the first half however, as Lee Williams touched down for the second time. A fine move from the back of a scrum left some space out wide and the 7’s international went over in the corner. Jones missed with the conversion attempt to leave the Ravens hanging on to a two point half time lead.
HT Carmarthen Quins 16-18 Bridgend Ravens
Williams didn’t take long after the break to complete his hat trick. The flying winger finished under the posts following a loose kick and some weak tackling from the Ravens. Dixon added three more points before the Hosts scored the bonus point try with Centre Morgan Griffiths crashed over in the corner. A yellow card for Quins outside half Jones handed Bridgend an opportunity vs 14 men, however, the visitors were unable to capitalise. Dion Jones added another 3 points from the tee to give Carmarthen a 10 point lead.
With Bridgend chasing the game, they were attempting to run from deep. A handling error in a dangerous area, deep in their own half, handed the hosts another opportunity, which they took. Christopher Banfield was able to touch down out wide, the resulting conversion missed.