Bridgend Ravens suffered a third straight defeat in the Principality Premiership, against Llandovery on Friday evening.
Bridgend welcomed Llandovery to the Bridgend Ford Brewery Field on a chilly Friday evening, both sides wanting to add to their league tally, to continue their challenge of reaching the top 8.
Llandovery landed an early penalty through the boot of Jack Maynard but Joseph Scrivens levelled the scores with just over ten minutes on the clock before the Drovers took control.
The Visitors, playing a high tempo game, worked an overlap for the first try of the match. Ryan Griffiths nearly came up with the intercept but Llandovery managed to get the ball out to Jack Parkinson who was able to race over out wide. A great touchline conversion saw the Drovers take a 7 point lead with 15 minutes played.
Bridgend looked dangerous whilst in possession but were lacking a final pass. Scrivens sent a long range penalty just wide before a powerful maul from the Ravens forwards set Bridgend up in the Llandovery 22. Again, Bridgend failed to capitalise despite their fine build up play.
Llandovery showed off their offloading skills in the build up to their second try with halftime approaching. Neat interplay allowed Corey Baldwin to break clear to score. Maynard converted to see the Visitors lead by 14 points at halftime.
HT Bridgend Ravens 3-17 Llandovery RFC
Llandovery added two second half tries to secure the bonus point, their balanced mix of pace and power caused problems for the Bridgend defence throughout the match. Jack Maynard added the Drovers third try, gathering a loose ball and breaking through to score. Dafydd Hughes added the bonus point try following another well executed Llandovery attack and Maynard added both conversions to seal the Visitors victory with 20 minutes still to play.
The Ravens efforts in attack finally yielded further points. Persistent infringements from the Llandovery defence resulted in two yellow cards and Bridgend were able to make the advantage count. Replacement Mike Powell added an injection of pace out wide to add to the Ravens attacking options. A five metre scrum after the Ravens were held up saw Ashton Evans break away from the back to score the hosts’ first try.
Bridgend Ravens Supporters Man of The Match Ryan Griffiths touched down with the clock in the red to make it four tries in four games for the in-form winger. Scrivens drop kick conversion was to be the last act of a bitterly cold and disappointing Friday evening.