Bridgend Ravens climbed up to 11th place in the Principality Premiership table with an impressive victory over second placed Carmarthen at the Morganstone Brewery Field.
A penalty goal from Jac Wilson with little over a minute played handed Carmarthen an early lead. Jamie Murphy’s well struck penalty leveled the score before Bridgend bagged the only try if the match.
Bridgend rode their luck in the lead up to their try as poor passing resulted in a break from Owain Lloyd. The ball was hacked through where Jonathan Phillips’ footballing skills helped the fullback get over the whitewash. Murphy's conversion rattled the post.
Jac Wilson added a second penalty shortly after, the score would prove to be the Quins’ last of the match, thanks to a herculean effort in defence throughout the second half from the Ravens.
Carmarthen twice managed to get over the line late in the first half but poor handling and an incredible last ditch tackle from Jonathan Phillips saved the day for Bridgend.
HT Bridgend Ravens 8-6 Carmarthen Quins
A 43rd minute penalty from the boot of Jamie Murphy edged Bridgend out to a six point lead and the remaining 37 minutes remained scoreless, though there was plenty of action from both sides.
Bridgend lost Dylan Moss to the sin bin shortly after the hour mark for a knock on whilst making a tackle that was adjudged to have been deliberate. Bridgend clearly learnt from a costly yellow card period just four days earlier, holding out during the period with 14 men, and for the reminder of the match. An immense defensive display during the final 15 minutes coupled with the maturity shown to wind down the clock earned the Ravens a third win at the Morganstone Brewery Field in the last three games.