02 Sep Bridgend 41-7 Maesteg Quins
Bridgend Ravens rounded off pre season with a victory over local rivals Maesteg Quins at the Morganstone Brewery Field.
In front of a healthy crowd, Bridgend were able to field 30 players and were given a stern test throughout by Dean Ronan’s Championship side.
The visitors were the fastest out of the blocks and dominated the early exchanges. Bridgend saw little ball, but were stern in defence which will have pleased defence coach, Alun Wyn Davies.
With their first foray into Quins territory, Bridgend showed their potency in attack. Stuart Floyd Ellis broke away and fed Chris Williams who scored the game’s opening try. Owen Howe converted.
The Ravens seized control of the game and a fine break by Andrew Evans almost saw Bridgend double their lead but the pass towards Mike Powell was misplaced into touch.
It didn’t take Evans long to make his mark though as the former Newport man bust his way through the heart of the Maesteg Quins defence from a smart scrum move. His score was improved by Howe.
The Llynfi Valley side were unwilling to let the game slip without a fight and their powerful pack earned a just reward for their efforts when Kieran Griffiths scored. Outside half Harris added the extras.
Steve Jones’ charges pushed their advantage back out to two scores when Andrew Evans bundled his way over for his second of the evening. Howe’s conversion slipped wide off the post.
The half was rounded off thanks to a moment of magic from the evergreen Adam O’Driscoll. He found himself in acres of space before flicking a superb offload into the hands of Mike Powell who delivered a fine finish for his first score of pre-season.
HT – Bridgend 24-7 Maesteg Harlequins
Bridgend took the opportunity to make a number of changes in the opening stages of the second period which gave the game a disjointed feel.
The Quins spent some more time back on top, but Powell was able to race onto a loose pass from the visitors and run the length of the half to dot down. Ryan Evans marked his second debut for Bridgend with a neatly struck conversion.
Tyler Williams was the next player to get on the score sheet as the game opened up. The full back was the beneficiary of some slick hands from the Bridgend back division. Evans conversion was unsuccessful on this occasion.
No derby is complete without a good old school dust up, and this one saw the referee brandish a red card apiece. For Bridgend, it was Tom Morgan who was given his marching orders as the game entered its closing stages.
The final act of the game saw Bridgend’s attacking prowess at its best. Andrew Evans latched onto Morgan Jones’ pass in midfield to coast in for the final score of the evening, and his third try of the night.
Bridgend are next in action on Friday evening when Aberavon are the visitors to the Morganstone Brewery Field in the first round of the Indigo Premiership, kick off at 7:15pm.