Bridgend Ravens look to build on some improved recent performances when they travel to Llandovery in the Principality Premiership on Saturday (2:30pm).
The Ravens have earned bonus points in defeat in their last two league games against top sides in Merthyr and Ebbw Vale. Llandovery pose a similar challenge and come into the game on a high having beaten North Wales powerhouse RGC at Parc Eirias 24pts to 31 on Saturday.
The Drovers will also have their hearts set on revenge after Bridgend defeated them earlier in the season for the first time in 10 years. It was arguably Bridgend's best performance of the season where tries from Connor Tantum, Geraint Roberts and Jamie Murphy put Llandovery to the sword. Bridgend haven't won at Church Bank since 2008 and are under no illusions as to the task at hand on Saturday afternoon.
Friday's game with Merthry was a bruiser and as a result, Bridgend's squad strength is displayed with a number of changes. Jamie Murphy and Mike Powell are notable absentees in the back division, but both hope to be back for Bridgend's next league game with Newport on March 2nd. Geraint Roberts starts in a back three with Morgan Jones and Ashley Evans. Stuart Floyd Ellis and Nathan Edwards are paired in midfield with Ryan Evans and Connor Tantum the half backs.
Aled Evans, Jordan Collier and Adam O'Driscoll comprise the back row; Ben Jones makes his fiftieth Bridgend Ravens appearance in the second row alongside James Little. Rhodri Apsee, Owen Thomas and Cai Lewis are the front row.
Bridgend Ravens XV: 15. Geraint Roberts 14. Morgan Jones 13. Stuart Floyd Ellis 12. Nathan Edwards (capt) 11. Ashley Evans 10. Ryan Evans 9. Connor Tantum
1. Rhodri Apsee 2. Owen Thomas 3. Cai Lewis 4. James Little 5. Ben Jones 6. Jordan Collier 7. Adam O'Driscoll 8. Aled Evans
Replacements: 16. Gareth Harvey 17. Owen Jordan 18. Garyn Daniel 19. Jack Pope 20. Dafi Davies 21. Dan James 22. Chris Williams 23. Tyler Williams