Bridgend Ravens
2014/2015 Principality Premiership
Bridgend 23 v 17 Pontypridd
31 January 2015 - Morganstone Brewery Field, Bridgend

Match Report

Bridgend 23-17 Pontypridd

Bridgend Ravens caused the shock of the season by ending Pontypridd’s unbeaten run at the Bridgend Ford Brewery Field.

The Ravens welcomed high-flyers Pontypridd to the Bridgend Ford Brewery Field. The serial title challengers, undefeated in the league, looked a hard task for bottom side Bridgend to master.

The hosts found themselves 10 points ahead with just five minutes on the clock. Dixon landed an early penalty and flyer O'Flaherty chased down an opportunistic score. A box kick from Ravens scrum half Williams was fumbled by Ponty and O'Flaherty pounced. The winger kicked ahead and had more than enough pace to get the first try of the match. Dixon added the conversion.

Lewis Williams notched the visitors first points of the match, landing a penalty from in front of the posts.

The Ravens were on top, in search of more points, probing the Ponty defence. Powerful centre Adam Williams got the hosts next score. A multi phase build up saw the ball spread wide and the centre was able to barge over. The try went unconverted.

Pontypridd were eventually able to get themselves into a good attacking position following a kick to the corner. A well manufactured lineout move saw a long throw to the back passed off the top to No 8 Godfrey. The back row went straight through a big gap in the middle of the lineout to score out wide. Williams added a fine conversion

O'Flaherty, in fine form, almost got his second of the match. The winger found some space out wide but was chased down and tackled into touch 5 metres out.

HT Bridgend 15-10 Pontypridd

The second half started slowly. Both teams were making handling errors and wayward kicks which disrupted the frantic pace. Dixon added to the Ravens lead 58 minutes into the match. A penalty at scrum time, an area Bridgend were on top for much of the match, was slotted by the fly half.

As the game looked to be slipping away from the Valleys side, replacement Jake Thomas finished off a lineout drive a minute after coming on. Ponty's second try was converted by Williams to leave just a point between the sides.

The Ravens stepped it up in the final quarter attacking the Ponty line once again. An infringement from Jake Thomas close to the line led a yellow card for the replacement. Bridgend took full advantage as Ravens try machine O'Flaherty snuck over out wide, his tenth try of the season. Dixon missed the wide conversion to leave six points between the sides that would set up a nervy end to the match.

The Ravens had enough heart and commitment in defence to hold onto their lead. A second yellow card for Pontypridd, this one for Chris Phillips took the sting out of the visitors attack.

Bridgend lifted themselves from the foot of the table with the win, whilst handing Pontypridd their first league defeat of the season. 

Attendance: 1800

Official : Justin Williams (Wales)

Bridgend Pontypridd