Bridgend Ravens secured a fourth win in four games with a 19 points to 7 victory at Rodney Parade.
A Marc Bennett try, plus 14 points from Joseph Scrivens’ boot saw the Ravens continue their recent run of good form and help push Bridgend toward an all important top 8 spot.
A commanding first half performance from the visitors saw them notch 16 unanswered points and take control of the tie. Joseph Scrivens landed two early penalties from distance to hand Bridgend a six-nil lead with less than ten minutes played.
The first try of the match arrived at the half hour mark. A blistering counter attack from Bridgend caught the hosts out as the Ravens went 70 metres to score. Marc Bennett pounced on a loose ball following Tom O’Flaherty’s tackle out wide and Bridgend launched the stinging attack. Mike Powell showed his pace to race downfield, Ollie Evans added the power in midfield with a bustling carry into the Newport 22, before quick recycling saw Bennett, the man who started the move, step inside the scrambling defence to score. Scrivens added the conversion as Bridgend took control on the scoreboard.
A penalty on the stroke of halftime from Scrivens edged Bridgend further ahead to leave a big challenge for the hosts if they were to get themselves back into the game.
HT Newport RFC 0-16 Bridgend Ravens
Newport looked to launch a fightback in the second half but a disciplined and structured Bridgend defence held firm for the majority of the second half. Bridgends edge in the scrum handed them another chance early in the second half to add to their score. Joseph Scrivens slotted his fourth penalty of the match as the Ravens looked to build on their dominant first half performance.
Arwel Robson provided the spark the Black and Ambers needed, the replacement Fly Half added an attacking edge and managed to grab the hosts’ first try of the match. With Chris Williams in the bin for an offside offense in his own 22, Robson took advantage to glide through the man-light defensive line to score. Robson quickly added the drop-goal conversion to restart the match, hoping for another quick score.
Newport worked the chance to break away with the clock winding down, a four on one opportunity should have seen the hosts race downfield but for a potentially try-saving tackle from Joseph Gatt, the centre forced a knock on with the big tackle just inside the Newport half and Bridgend managed to gain possession and win a penalty. Scrivens lined up a shot at goal, but the effort fell just short though no time remained for Newport to rescue anything from the game.
Bridgend controlled the encounter at Rodney Parade and furthered their recent winning run, making it four wins in four with a disciplined team performance. A dominant first half was enough to secure the four points and further boost the confidence of a young Ravens side.