13 Sep Team to face Beddau (A) Specsavers Cup
Bridgend Ravens take a break from Indigo Premiership actions, with attention switching to a Specsavers Cup Round 1 game at Beddau on Saturday afternoon (2:30pm).
It’s been an emotional week for the Ravens. On Friday evening, the club paid tribute to Derrick King prior to their opening league game with Aberavon at the Morganstone Brewery Field. The squad left it all on the field in front of a great Brewery crowd, but a last minute Aled Thomas penalty broke the home side’s hearts, stealing at 27pts to 26 victory.
Beddau got their season underway with the daunting challenge of facing three times Championship champions Pontypool at Pontypool Park. Pooler came out on top by 47pts to 12.
The sides met in the competition in 2016 and it was Bridgend who came out on top by 20pts to 13. They’ve played a couple of friendly matches against one another in the last few seasons too – in 2015 it finished 16pts to 0 and in 50pts to 8 in 2016 both going the way of Bridgend.
Bridgend have a proud history in the WRU National Cup. They’ve been crowned champions three times, most recently in 2015 and made it as far as the quarter final last season. Saturday’s game provides a stiff test against an experienced Championship side, and the Ravens are under no illusions about the task at hand. In reflection of this, Head Coach Steve Jones has named a strong side to make the trip to Castellau Road.
Julian Mogg makes his competitive club debut at full back after joining from Bargoed. Fellow new boy Andrew Evans and Tyler Williams make up the rest of the back three. Morgan Jones comes back in at 13, alongside Jamie Murphy. Ryan Evans and Dan James are the half backs.
With regular captain Nathan Edwards amongst the replacements, Jordan Collier leads the side for the day in a back row with Will Barraclough and Adam O’Driscoll. James Little and Ben Jones pair up in the second row with Rhodri Apsee, Iestyn Merriman and Adam Court the front row.
Bridgend name a strong replacements bench with 604 appearances between them should their services be required.
Bridgend Ravens XV: 15. Julian Mogg 14. Andrew Evans 13. Morgan Jones 12. Jamie Murphy 11. Tyler Williams 10. Ryan Evans 9. Dan James
1. Rhodri Apsee 2. Iestyn Merriman 3. Adam Court 4. James Little 5. Ben Jones 6. Adam O’Driscoll 7. Will Barraclough 8. Jordan Collier (capt)
Replacements: 16. Gareth Harvey 17. Owen Jordan 18. Cai Lewis 19. Jack Pope 20. Cameron Jones 21. Jacob Lloyd 22. Nathan Edwards 23. Mike Powell
Bridgend Ravens are running a supporters bus to Saturday’s game with Beddau. There are limited spaces remaining, so please contact Aled Thomas on 07532196963 to book your space. The bus leaves Sadlers Bar at 12:30pm, returning 30 minutes after the match.
The squad and coaches will be returning to Sadlers Bar following the match for a drink with supporters.
Sadlers Bar is open from 11am on Saturday where cooked breakfast will be available. There’s also a range of hot drinks, along with a new selection of cold, alcoholic beverages should you want to take on board some light refreshment before we leave for Beddau.