Bridgend Ravens
2018/2019 Principality Premiership
Bridgend 16 v 22 Bedwas
23 November 2018 - Morganstone Brewery Field, Bridgend

Match Report

Bridgend 16-22 Bedwas

It was too little, too late for Bridgend Ravens who left themselves too much to do after a poor first half in a home reversal to Bedwas.

Trailing 5-19 at the interval, it was always going to be an uphill struggle for Silva's men to turn things around against another side scrapping for their life at the wrong end of the table. 

The visitors took an early lead as Jordan Rees touched down following a cross kick. Former Raven Joseph Scrivens converted well.

Bridgend fought their way back into the game, Jamie Murphy, returning from his international commitments with Germany, sent a penalty just wide before Bridgend bagged their first points of the game. A maul drive from the hosts was well stopped by Bedwas but Aled Evans was able to dive over for a first try in Bridgend colours.

Bridgend continued to apply the pressure, looking for another score. The hosts’ made positive yards before Tom Morgan was shown a yellow card. Bedwas went on to add 12 points during the sin bin period, proving a costly yellow card for the Ravens.

Jamie Murphy added three from the tee with just over 30 minutes played, and Bridgend held out until half time despite the visitors best efforts, including a disallowed try for a double movement.

HT Bridgend Ravens 8-19 Bedwas RFC

A better second half defensively from Bridgend saw them concede just three points to the boot of Joseph Scrivens, but the Ravens couldn't find the winning score despite their best efforts.

Jamie Murphy added an early second half penalty before the hosts lost debutant Jordan Collier to the bin. A better yellow card period saw Bridgend keep Bedwas out and stay in the game. 

As the final 10 minutes arrived Joseph Scrivens pushed Bedwas into an 11 point lead. Bridgend continued to fight late on and struck for a try five minutes later.

Some powerful build up play from the hosts’ pack got them close and Rhodri Apsee was able to drive over from close range.

Hunting late on for a score that would edge the hosts ahead, Bridgend showed great power up front late on. However inaccuracies in the maul drive and lineout with the clock in the red saw Bedwas secure the victory and down the battling Ravens.

Official : Richard Deacy (Wales)

Bridgend Bedwas