Bridgend Ravens’ winning run was ended by a stubborn Llanelli side, as the visitors managed to cling onto the win after a late Bridgend surge at the Bridgend Ford Brewery Field.
A disappointing first half showing from the hosts left them with just an early Joseph Scrivens penalty as Llanelli ran in two converted tries. Wing Kalum Evans wriggled free with ten minutes played to grab the visitor's first score, before a neat offload set Dion Jones away and the Fullback touched down under the posts. Jones added both conversions for a 14 points to 3 halftime lead. The Ravens could have found themselves further behind but for some incredible scramble defending from Joseph Scrivens, the Flyhalf chased down what looked to be a certain try and keep Bridgend within two scores.
HT Bridgend Ravens 3-14 Llanelli RFC
A much improved second half performance saw Bridgend outscore their opponents 10 points to nil, however Llanelli just managed to hold out late on as Bridgend worked hard looking to steal the win.
Scrivens notched an early penalty to narrow the gap to 8, but Llanelli’s dominance in the scrum caused problems for the Ravens all afternoon.
A yellow card for Llanelli Tighthead Simon Gardiner gave the Ravens the opportunity to attack with an extra man, but it took until the 78th minute for Bridgend to finally cross the whitewash. A perfectly placed cross kick from Joseph Scrivens was gathered by Ryan Griffiths over the line. The Wing helped Scrivens out with the conversion by rounding the chasing defender and scoring as close to the posts as possible. Scrivens added the conversion to leave a single point deficit and an exciting end to the match with the home crowd urging their side on.
Llanelli played out the clock, keeping the ball through the forwards, and managed to cling on as Bridgend left it too late to complete the fightback. The Ravens will rue a poor start to the match, but a much improved second half performance salvaged a point from match.
After the match, try scorer Ryan Griffiths was named as the Bridgend Ravens Supporters Man of the Match.