Bridgend Ravens fell to their first defeat in five games as an experimental side lost out to Cardiff in the Foster’s Cup.
A first defeat in five games for a young Bridgend Ravens side in the newly introduced Fosters Challenge Cup saw the hosts come off second best to an experienced Cardiff side. Tries either side of halftime saw the Blue and Blacks secure the win in an error-strewn match.
An early Marc Bennett score saw the Ravens race into an eight point lead. The only survivor from the starting XV in the victory over Pontypridd last week, Bennett’s inventive grubber kick was gathered and dotted down by the converted centre. Liam Jones added the conversion.
Callum Hall and Liam Jones traded penalties before Cardiff's Luke Ford raced away out wide for the visitors first try of the match. Hall missed the tough conversion to afford the Ravens a slender two point lead as halftime approached.
HT Bridgend Ravens 10-8 Cardiff RFC
Cardiff started the second half on the front foot and were rewarded with their second try just five minutes into the half. An up and under was gathered by Tom Slater and the scrum half was able to dot down. Hall added the extras to push the visitors out to a six point lead.
The Ravens went close multiple times as they set about hunting for a score to get themselves back in the game. Multiple infringements close to their own line as Bridgend hammered away saw Jordan Viggers sent to the sin bin. The wet conditions led to multiple handling errors from both sides, with neither able to add to the scoresheet late on. Replacement Adam O'Driscoll was shown a red card as full time.approached, with the Ravens unable to find the score needed to draw level.