Bridgend Ravens held on to prevent a late Swansea fightback and secure an important victory over their Ospreylian rivals at the Morganstone Brewery Field.
The Ravens and Swansea produced a fairly even battle in the opening 20 minutes, the Visitors just edging the scoreboard thanks to a converted Rory Gallagher try. Ryan Evans slotted two penalty goals to leave a point between the teams as the first quarter came to an end.
Bridgend bagged their first try if the match with a blistering attack from deep in their own half. Will Baird was on hand to finish the move under the posts with Ryan Evans converting.
Swansea continually turned down the opportunity for three points, instead choosing to kick to the corner. Five minutes before the end of the half, their continued efforts eventually told with a maul drive that got them over the line. The unconverted score left Bridgend with a one point halftime lead.
HT Bridgend Ravens 13-12 Swansea RFC
Ryan Evans added an early second half penalty before Bridgend took control of the tie. The Ravens would have been disappointed not to score more tries as they applied plenty of pressure to the Swansea line. Bridgend did manage a second try with just over 60 minutes played. A counter attack following a loose Swansea kick saw Bridgend race down the left wing. Ryan Evans’ looping pass found Grabham who drew his man and put Ryan Griffiths one on one with the covering Swansea defender. The Wing, back in the Ravens team, barged his way over out wide for the try.
Swansea struck late in the half to set up a tense final five minutes. Andrew Claypole touched down under the sticks with former Raven Owen Howe quickly converting. Swansea tried to go 90 metres with time expired, looking to snatch a late victory. However, Bridgend made sure there were no easy metres late in the match and were able to secure the win following a Swansea knock on.
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