Bridgend Ravens fell to a second narrow defeat of the season at the hands of Carmarthen on a chilly Friday evening at the Morganstone Brewery Field.
Bridgend struggled to defend the Quins’ powerful maul all evening, conceding three tries as a result of the visitors maul efforts.
Aled Thomas and Ryan Evans traded early penalties before Carmarthen bagged their first try of the match from a loose Ravens kick.
Joseph Gatt was in support following a Nathan Edwards break to strike back for Bridgend, Ryan Evans adding the extras. However the visitors added a second try almost immediately, pushing themselves out to a five point lead.
Ryan Evans closed the gap to two from the tee before Carmarthen raced over for a third try. The Ravens managed to stop a Carmarthen maul but left a gaping blindside gap for Aled James to snipe over.
Bridgend Ravens Supporters Man of The Match Harri Morgan worked tirelessly whilst on the field and got his reward with a charge down that sat up perfectly for the teenager to score. Ryan Evans’ conversion once again narrowed the difference between the sides to two.
Bridgend pressed late in the half looking to take the lead for the first time. Multiple penalties close to the Carmarthen line saw the visitors lose Lee Taylor to the bin, Bridgend continued to decline the opportunity for three points and came up empty handed and headed in at the break down by two.
HT Bridgend Ravens 20-22 Carmarthen Quins RFC
Ryan Evans continued his fine form from the tee with an early second half penalty before the Quins notched their bonus point try. A huge maul that started outside the Ravens 22 was driven over the line and grounded by Torin Myhill.
Evans landed another penalty, taking his tally for the match to 16, and getting Bridgend back to within three but the Quins added a fifth try at the hour mark with a neat chip and chase, Gavin Thomas going over out wide leaving Bridgend needing two scores if they were to win the match.
Two long range efforts from the boot of Cai Evans following further Carmarthen indiscipline were sent just wide, with one attempt rebounding off the upright, seeing Bridgend fall just short. A tough evening against a powerful pack saw Bridgend slip to an eight point defeat, and ultimately leave empty handed.
Bridgend Ravens Supporters Man of The Match - Harri Morgan