15 Apr Bridgend 20 v Llanelli 25
Llanelli narrowly saw off Bridgend Ravens in front of the Scrum V cameras at the Morganstone Brewery Field on Saturday evening.
The victory puts the Scarlets eight points ahead of the Ravens, with Saturday’s visitors having played three games more than Matt Silva’s side. They have just two league games remaining, both at home, against Swansea and Neath.
It was a fast start for Bridgend who crossed early on for a Dewi Cross score, improved by Owen Howe.
Llanelli struck back with a penalty from Tom Prydie, the wing had a big impact throughout the match.
Near the half-hour mark, Llanelli bagged a first try of the match. A powerful maul was brought down close to the line and, following consultation with TMO, the referee awarded a penalty try, showing Gheorghe Gajion a yellow card.
Things got worse for the Ravens as they lost Jamie Murphy to the bin less than five minutes later, leaving Bridgend down to 13.
Owen Howe landed a penalty to close the gap to just 3, but Llanelli struck late for a second try. Another powerful maul from the visitors got close before the ball was spread wide. Kallum Evans was able to dive over out wide. Prydie added the extras to hand the visitors a 10 point half time lead.
HT Bridgend Ravens 10-20 Llanelli RFC
Bridgend added a maul try of their own in the second half, having been illegally halted twice, Bridgend finally got over the line with Owen Thomas touching down. Howe’s conversion snuck over with some help from the post.
Llanelli looked to have secured the win with their third try. Scarlets’ Prydie and Asquith combined, with the Australian touching down. Prydie’s conversion was wide, leaving Bridgend 8 points adrift with 5 minutes remaining.
Owen Howe added his 10th point of the afternoon with a penalty to claw Bridgend back to within 5, crucially within the 7 points needed to secure a losing bonus point.
he Ravens had an opportunity late in the match to attack in the Llanelli half kicking a penalty to touch. The resulting lineout went awry and the visitors secured an important victory. Bridgend’s destiny remains firmly in their own hands with five league games left; the first at home to RGC next Saturday