Bridgend Ravens suffered a comprehensive defeat against Ebbw Vale at Eugene Cross Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Ravens headed to the home of the champions Ebbw Vale looking for a second Principality Premiership win of the season. Bridgend, buoyed by a positive first away performance at the BT Cardiff Arms Park, travelled to Eugene Cross Park looking for a first win against the hosts since their promotion in 2014.
Ebbw Vale opened an early 3 point lead thanks to the boot of Josh Lewis. The hosts’ fly half added a second penalty with 30 minutes played. Bridgend managed to keep Ebbw out whilst down to 14 men following Marc Bennett's yellow card. Joseph Scrivens sent a penalty just wide but the hosts held onto a slim 6 point lead at halftime following a scrappy opening half.
HT Ebbw Vale 6-0 Bridgend Ravens
Shortly into the second half, Bridgend found themselves with a massive task to win the match despite being just 6 points down. Just as Bennett returned from the bin, Nicky Boyce was shown a yellow card as Ebbw Vale looked to notch the game's first try. A powerful scrum drive was deemed to have been brought down by the Ravens’ loosehead prop and the referee reached for his pocket. A matter of seconds later, Bridgend were down to 13 men as Jamie Murphy was also shown a yellow card. Ebbw Vale, with a two man advantage, opted for the scrum and former Raven Rory Pitman barged over.
The Steelmen were able to dominate with two extra players on the pitch, notching two further tries whilst Bridgend were still down to 13. Josh Lewis and Wales U20 wing Jared Rosser crossed the whitewash to give the hosts a 25-0 lead going into the final quarter.
Ebbw Vale added the bonus point score thanks to their powerful forwards, a try from debut flanker Rubasniak put the gloss on an already impressive win.
Bridgend saw a fourth yellow card of the game, this time Lewis Francis was sent to the bin but the Ravens showed heart late on with an exciting attack. Elusive wing Tom O'Flaherty made ground before his inside ball found replacement Jon Howard. The flanker raced 50 metres before the inside ball to Marc Bennett looked to have given the visitors their first score of the game, excellent defence from the Steelmen kept Bridgend out.