Llanharan rounded off their 125th season with a celebratory friendly at the Dairy Field against Bridgend Ravens, but it was the pace and power of the Premiership side that proved too much for the Dairymen, ultimately running out 45-0 winners.
Three first half tries, scored by Will Baird, Dan Howells and Jacob Lloyd, saw the Ravens head in at the break with a 17-0 lead, and well in control. The powerful pack were able to continually get Bridgend front foot ball, and the speedy backline managed to break through the Llanharan defence on multiple occasions. To the credit of the hosts, they spent a lot of the first half attacking but the much improved Ravens defence thwarted them.
HT Llanharan RFC 0-17 Bridgend Ravens
Four second half tries, whilst shutting out Llanharan for the full 80, will have pleased the Ravens coaches, but a dogged and gutsy start the the second half showed the talents the Dairymen possess.
Owain Lloyd was on hand to touch down after a break into the 22 from Jon Howard for the first of the Ravens second half tries. Jacob Lloyd converted.
Morgan Jones got a deserved score, as the final ten minutes approached, following another fine performance. The centre looked assured with ball in hand and ghosted through for a Bridgend fifth which Ryan Evans converted.
The final ten minutes saw two further scores from Bridgend with Callum Powell grabbing a debut try following good work from Ryan Griffiths. The Ravens faithful will have been pleased to see the wing back in Bridgend colours following a spell out with injury – a welcome boost with the end of season run in approaching
In form Connor Tantum added a seventh to round of a late flurry, the young scrum half showed electric pace to streak away from the cover defence and score under the posts. Ryan Evans converted Powell’s and Tantum’s scores to round off a positive evening’s work for a young Bridgend side.
Tries: Will Baird (2), Dan Howells (7), Jacob Lloyd (34), Owain Lloyd (50), Morgan Jones (67), Callum Powell (69), Connor Tantum (73)
Conversions: Jacob Lloyd (34, 50), Ryan Evans (69, 67, 73).