Bridgend Ravens made it three wins from three by dispatching of Bedwas at the Bridgend Ford Brewery Field on Saturday afternoon.
Bridgend seemed to have had the game won after an impressive first half, but Bedwas gave the Ravens a fright on Halloween with two unanswered scores to haul themselves back into it. The Bridgend defence, again much improved, held firm in the face of a Bedwas onslaught to claim another Principality Premiership victory.
The hosts notched two first half converted tries to stretch out to a 16 point halftime lead. An early opportunity for the Ravens followed a quick tap penalty from the lively Geraint Watkin. Scrum half linked well with Fly half as Bridgend made their way into the Bedwas 22. The Ravens spread the ball wide and in form fullback Marc Bennett went close but was eventually tackled into touch.
As Bedwas looked to string together a few phases, former Bridgend favourite Andrew Waite’s wide pass was snatched by Joseph Scrivens. The Fly half showed he had enough pace to run in from 75 metres to dot down for the game's first try. Scrivens converted his own score to hand the Ravens an 8 point lead after 15 minutes.
The Ravens’ second try came as the clock ticked towards forty minutes. Bedwas indiscipline handed Bridgend a penalty that they kicked to the corner deep in the visitors 22. A penalty won following the lineout, close to the try line saw the Ravens opt for the scrum, which was driven over the line by the powerful Bridgend pack. Ashton Evans dotted the ball down to increase the hosts advantage. Scrivens added his second conversion to stretch the Ravens lead to 16. Evans try was his fifth in four games and the young forward has been instrumental in the Ravens revival.
HT Bridgend Ravens 16-0 Bedwas RFC
Bridgend started the second half hunting for further points without success. It was Bedwas that would claw their way back into the match as they eventually got on the scoreboard thanks to a try from full back Kurt Clabby. Richard Powell slotted the conversion to narrow the gap to eight.
A couple of minutes later Bedwas capitalised on a Bridgend mistake as a clearance was kicked directly to touch from outside of the 22. A neat lineout move saw the visitors make good ground. Robson Blake, on his Bedwas debut, managed to get over the line to narrow the Ravens lead to two. The missed conversion meant the hosts remained in front with less than ten minutes remaining.
Bridgend tried to keep Bedwas deep in their own half with territorial kicking. The visitors continued to apply pressure, making every Bridgend player work hard in defence with the clock ticking towards eighty minutes.
The Bedwas fightback fell just short as the Ravens managed to hold on to their two point lead to claim their third consecutive victory, leapfrogging Carmarthen Quins in the table and pushing further ahead of basement side Neath.