Bridgend Ravens 12-29 Cardiff

Bridgend were finally back at the Timbuild Brewery Field, the first time since mid November thanks to the Covid hit Christmas schedule.

They faced a formidable Cardiff side that finished second in the Indigo Premiership Cup East Group, and have already booked their semi final place.

Unsurprisingly, the weather conditions led to a cagey, tactical affair which saw a lot of kicking as both sides tried to avoid making errors in possession.

Bridgend indiscipline handed the Blue and Blacks a foothold deep in the Ravens 22, which the visitors eventually took advantage of getting an opening try out wide through Theo Cabango.

Ten minutes later the visitors struck for a second, this time Jacob Beetham powered over to score.

Bridgend struck back with a neat counter attack as Cardiff loosely cleared. Chris Williams claimed the high ball before stepping past the onrushing defense. Williams had Supporters man of the match Dewi Cross in support and the Pencoed product raced over to score.

HT Bridgend Ravens 5-12 Cardiff RFC

A difficult second half for Bridgend playing into the stiff breeze saw Cardiff run in three second half tries to Bridgend’s one.

Max Llewellyn touched down first, running back a loose Bridgend kick to score out wide.

Cardiff’s Player of the Match, Gwilym Bradley notched a bonus point try for the visitors as their replacements made a big impact from the bench.

Bridgend kept fighting and were rewarded with a deserved second half score. Stuart Floyd-Ellis got his hands free to offload at halfway and Bridgend’s star player of the afternoon, Dewi Cross was able to break down the wing. Scrum half Harvey Nash was on hand to receive the inside pass and race over. Matthew Jones converted.

Bridgend, now trailing by just 10 points, went in search of a late score their efforts deserved. It was Cardiff however, that struck late through Rory Harries, rounding off a bonus point win for the visitors.

A big improvement in performance against a high flying team will inspire confidence in the Bridgend side, who will look to bounce back with another home fixture in a week’s time.