Bridgend Ravens suffered a handsome defeat at The Bridge Field against Bedwas on Saturday afternoon.
The Ravens were unable to complete a season double over Bedwas as the Bridge Field side ran out 30 points to nil winners despite the Ravens dogged performance. A final 15 minute blitz from the hosts helped sink the Ravens as Bedwas claimed the try scoring bonus point late on.
Michael Powell, making his 50th appearance for the Ravens, put in a fine performance despite limited opportunities for the wing. An early charge upfield by the flier was eventually halted by the scrambling Bedwas defence.
The first opportunity for the hosts was clinically converted into the first score of the match as a powerful driving maul allowed Joe Davies to touch down. Former Raven James Dixon added the conversion.
Bridgend turned down kickable penalties, instead hunting for a try of their own. Strong maul drives edged the Ravens towards the hosts try line but brave Bedwas defending kept their line intact to hang on to a slim 8 point lead.
HT Bedwas RFC 8-0 Bridgend Ravens
James Dixon consolidated the hosts’ lead with a penalty shortly into the second half. The 10 point lead would be held well by the hosts who faced a barrage from the Ravens until Bedwas launched a scathing final 12 minutes.
Multiple Bridgend scrums and lineouts in the Bedwas 22 looked certain to lead to the visitors first score of the match but the hosts defence held firm, as it would for the remainder of the match. Bridgend errors and Bedwas’ dominance at the breakdown would see the visitors without a score come full time.
With 68 minutes played, Bedwas added their second try thanks to a well executed up and under by former Welsh international Aled Brew. The high ball was initially well taken by Ravens’ teenage replacement Conor Tantum but the young scrum half was wrapped up by Brew and relinquished possession. Bedwas spread the ball wide where Mike Callow was able to break away to score. Dixon again added the conversion.
With little time remaining, Bedwas managed two scores in the final two minutes to secure a bonus point win. Tom Rowlands and Alun Rees both went over to leave a daunting scoreline that the Ravens efforts didn't deserve.