Bridgend Ravens claimed a first victory of the 2018/19 Principality Premiership campaign with a narrow win over Ospreylian rivals Neath at the Gnoll on Saturday afternoon.
A tight and tense affair saw the Ravens battle to a narrow three point victory, claiming six points from their opening two league fixtures, both away from home.
A perfect start for Bridgend saw Adam O'Driscoll race over following a strong maul drive from the pack. Gareth Harvey found Chris Williams who was able to race into the Neath 22, the Scrum Halves inside pass set O'Driscoll away for the score. Will Holley converted for a seven point lead inside three minutes.
It didn't take Neath long to respond, indiscipline early in the match from the visitors handed the Welsh All Blacks great field position and Ben Uphill crashed over with 8 minutes played. Edd Howley converted.
Bridgend, playing into a stiff wind, struggled to clear their lines on occasion, but some excellent ball retention and robust periods of defence ensured Neath were unable to use the wind to their advantage.
Will Holley added a penalty as the first half came to an end, having struck the upright minutes before. A low scoring affair meant Holley's penalty became a game winner.
HT Neath RFC 7-10 Bridgend Ravens
A physical battle in the second half ensured edge of the seat rugby despite the lack of a score. Edd Howley and Will Holley each missed from the tee as the second half went on.
Bridgend's replacements shored up their scrum which was losing out to the power of the Welsh All Blacks in the first half, and an immense defensive effort stifled the hosts few attacks in the Bridgend 22.
Neath's Ryan Bean was shown a yellow card late in the match which allowed Bridgend to take control of possession, and grind out the victory.
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