Bridgend Ravens progressed into the quarter finals of the Swalec Cup with a hard fought local derby win over Llanharan at The Dairy Field.
Bridgend trailed at half time, but tries from Ben Jones & Chris Lewis saw the Ravens come away with the win and take a place in the last eight of the Swalec Cup.
The hosts took an early lead through the boot of fly half James Whittingham, another shot at goal was missed by Llanharan before the first try of the match arrived. A neat short pass in midfield from the hosts saw the Bridgend defence sliced open. A smart offload put Tom Farrah-Evans over for the score. The successful conversion from Whittingham saw Llanharan stretch to a 10 point lead after 25 minutes.
It was late into the first half before the Ravens managed to string together multiple positive phases. A penalty kicked to the corner set up the visitors best chance of the half and they took it. Ben Jones took the resulting lineout and managed to bundle his way over for the score. Dixon added the conversion to close the gap to three as the half time whistle approached.
HT Llanharan 10-7 Bridgend Ravens
Bridgend would go on to dominate the scoreboard in the second half, keeping the hosts out for the remainder of the match.
James Dixon added three points to draw the Ravens level almost immediately following the start of the half before Llanharan had their best spell of the second half but came away with nothing.
Bridgend were back on the front foot thanks to an improved effort up front. The Ravens, pushing for the score that would put them ahead for the first time in the match, worked their way to within five metres of the hosts line. A cynical offence from Scott Malone saw the flanker sent to the bin and the Ravens took full advantage. Opting the scrum the ball was passed out to Adam Williams who showed good strength and great skill with an offload to centre partner Chris Lewis. Lewis went over for the visitors second try of the match and Dixon added his second conversion to round off the point scoring, pushing the Ravens out to a 20 point to 10 lead.
Howe missed a long range penalty late on in the match that ended with the Ravens trying to open the game up with some expansive offloading play. The win sees Bridgend through to the third round, booking their place in the last eight of the Swalec cup.