A determined effort from a young Bridgend Ravens squad earned them a losing bonus point at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park against Cardiff.
Bridgend will be left to rue a poor start, going 10-0 down within in the first nine minutes, but a valiant fightback saw them claw their way back into the tie before half time, despite losing Adam O'Driscoll to a yellow card and Morgan Jones through injury. Scrivens kept Bridgend in the game on the scoreboard, but the heroic defence was to little avail as the Blue & Blacks took the spoils in an entertaining matchup.
Cardiff raced into a 10 point lead with just 9 minutes played following a penalty from Gareth Thompson before a powerful maul drive saw Joey Tomlinson touch down for a converted score.
The Ravens clawed their way back into the game before the break thanks to two Joseph Scrivens penalties, whilst an immense defensive effort held out multiple Cardiff waves following Adam O'Driscoll’s yellow card. The hosts continually turned down shots at goal opting to try to drive over the line from close range, feeling that they had a big advantage in that area, but the Ravens defensive pressure kept them out for the remainder of the half.
HT Cardiff RFC 10-6 Bridgend Ravens
A third Scrivens penalty narrowed the gap to just one point before Wales U20 star Rhun Williams scored out wide following a quick tap penalty. Two further penalty goals were traded before Bridgend went in search of a match winning score late on.
The Ravens worked themselves into great areas on the pitch, but couldn't find the finishing touches. Mike Powell and replacement wing Tom O'Flaherty both went close for Bridgend but the stubborn Cardiff defence held firm. The boot of Joseph Scrivens kept Bridgend within touching distance of the hosts and ensured the Ravens left with a bonus point for their efforts.
An encouraging first away performance of the season will give the Bridgend faithful plenty to be optimistic about as the Ravens next head to the home of champions Ebbw Vale, in search of a second win of the season.
FT Cardiff RFC 18-12 Bridgend Ravens