Bridgend Ravens’ third pre season workout saw the squad travel to Division 1 East Central side Treorchy.
Zebras proved a tough assignment for a mixed Bridgend team, resting several players with the Fosters Sevens tournament in mind, but the visitors pulled away in the second half to secure a second pre season win in three.
The first try of the match arrived following a tense opening 20 minutes. The hosts took the lead with a converted score, a lead that was short lived as the Ravens struck back 5 minutes later.
The Bridgend pack were well on top throughout the match and were rewarded with a first half penalty try. A massive scrum effort saw the pack crash over the tryline and the referee headed for the posts. Geraint Llewellyn added the conversion.
The Ravens took the lead for the first time shortly before the break. A turnover at halfway handed Mike Powell a counter attacking opportunity and the wing broke two tackles as he raced into the Treorchy 22. Will Baird's supporting run saw the scrum half latch on to the inside ball for a simple run in. Llewellyn again converted.
HT Treorchy RFC 7-14 Bridgend Ravens
The Zebras drew level early in the second half as they found a big gap in the Ravens defence. The converted score would be the hosts last of the game as Bridgend took control for the remaining 30 minutes.
Michael Powell's influential performance on the wing saw multiple line breaks throughout the game. It was the speedster that created the Ravens first score of the second half. Paul Edwards was on hand this time to benefit from the wingers breakaway. Llewellyn continued his perfect day from the tee to level the score.
As the final ten minutes approached the Ravens added a fourth score. Garin Lougher showed his pace following his switch from Centre to the Wing, keeping the ball alive, Conor Tantum was in support to finish the attack. Geraint Llewellyn again slotted the extras.
Bridgend claimed a fifth try three minutes from time following a charged down Treorchy kick. The clearance effort from behind their own try line was touched down by Joseph Gatt.
With time up, Treorchy went hunting for a consolation score. The Ravens defended manfully to create a turnover close to the tryline and the Ravens counter attack saw Garin Lougher race over from 80 metres. The sixth converted try saw Bridgend break the 40 point mark and seal the win against a battling Treorchy side.