Bridgend Ravens secured a 19 points to nil victory over
Ospreylian rivals Swansea at the Bridgend Ford Brewery Field, seeing the
Ravens climb to third spot in the race for the playoffs.
A first half dominated by defence saw Bridgend head in at halftime with a 3-0 lead thanks to an eighth minute penalty from Jamie Murphy. Bridgend should have added tries throughout the half, Mike Powell broke away out wide but Swansea held Bridgend up over the line, and Murphy touched down just before halftime but play was pulled back for a foot in touch following great fast hands from Tom Morgan and Tom O'Flaherty.
Swansea’s only real chance for a try throughout the match came midway through the first half. A scrum deep in the Ravens 22 set the platform for the Whites to attack but Bridgend Ravens Supporters Man of The Match Gareth Beer, destructive at the breakdown all afternoon, won an important turn over to halt a threatening Swansea attack.
HT Bridgend Ravens 3-0 Swansea RFC
The Bridgend defence looked comfortable all match and were rarely troubled throughout the second half. Despite an edgy start to the second half, Bridgend looked the more likely to score. A break from Mathew Edwards put Bridgend in a great attacking situation. A lazy run from an offside position from Tudor Hughes saw the lock shown a yellow card and Bridgend looked to punish the visitors.
The first try of the match arrived at the hour mark following a fantastic counter attack from flyer Tom O'Flaherty. Beating the Swansea defence for pace and able to break three tackles on his way into the Swansea 22, O’Flaherty was looking to finish in the corner. The Swansea scramble defence looked to be edging O'Flaherty into touch and the move looked to break down as the inside ball was batted down by the visitors. Up in support, Michael Powell was the quickest to react to the loose ball bagging the Ravens first try.
Jamie Murphy added two further penalties to stretch the Bridgend lead to 14 with the clock winding down before the influential centre crashed over for the Ravens’ second try. Strong carrying from Matthew John and Ollie Evans put Bridgend on the front foot. Another line break from fullback Mathew Edwards followed by quick recycling left a big gap for Murphy to take his personal tally to 14 for the match.
An important victory for Bridgend lifts them into third spot in the race for the playoffs, as well as providing a boost to confidence. The Ravens will now be looking for a strong finish to the campaign with just three regular season matches remaining.
FT Bridgend Ravens 19-0 Swansea RFC