17 Sep Beddau 34-21 Bridgend
Bridgend Ravens were dumped out of the Specsavers Cup by Championship outfit Beddau on Saturday afternoon.
It was a hugely disappointing afternoon for the three times winners, who were simply beaten by a side that showed more hunger and determination to win than the visitors.
Despite dominance up front, the Ravens were unable to make the advantage count. Beddau stung the Ravens multiple times as aimless kicking, interceptions and turnovers handed the hosts far too many points on the day.
Beddau countered a loose Bridgend kick for their first score. Bridgend struck back less than 10 minutes later as a huge scrummaging effort saw Captain for the day Jordan Collier touch down. Jamie Murphy converted.
Multiple breaks from the Ravens lacked support and the visitors efforts fell short, Beddau then added a penalty as the half wound down to head into the break ahead.
HT Beddau RFC 10-7 Bridgend Ravens
Racing out of the Blocks, Bridgend did bag an early second half try. Julian Mogg hacked into the hosts 22 and the Fullback forced a knock on with his tackle. Tyler Williams was on hand to scoop up and score, Murphy again converting.
A clear tactic of chipping the Bridgend rush defence was not counteracted all game as Beddau continued to cause problems with their kicking game.
Just before the hour mark arrived Beddau had stretched themselves out to a 10 point lead with two counter attack scores. An overthrown Ravens lineout set Beddau up for their first score of the second half, and as Bridgend looked to atone for their error a wide pass was intercepted and taken 90 metres the other way. The hosts also added a penalty as they continued to frustrate the Ravens.
Bridgend lost Jordan Collier to injury and with no subs left were forced to finish the match with 14. Guilty of overplaying once again, another intercept handed Beddau a fourth try with time nearly up.
A consolation score at the death saw Tyler Williams bag a second. But it was too little too late for Bridgend who will now sit on the loss for four weeks where they welcome Champions Merthyr to the Morganstone Brewery Field on October 12th.