Merthyr 38-16 Bridgend

By Chris Edmunds | 08/10/2018

A determined effort from a young Ravens side wasn't enough as Merthyr took the spoils in front of the ScrumV cameras at the Wern.

Trailing just 7-3 at the interval, the visitors were left to rue a slow start to the second half when they conceded two tries to the Ironmen. Despite a strong Bridgend fightback, the double champions had too much for the Ravens, coming out 38-16 winners. 

With Merthyr gunning for a third title, Bridgend knew the task would be a big one, but the plucky Ravens kept it close with nearly 70 minutes played. The experience and quality of the Ironmen’s bench proved to be vital in the outcome.

Despite an early try from the Hosts’, Bridgend battled hard and managed to head in at the break with a four point deficit as Jamie Murphy landed a penalty with Forty minutes played.

HT Merthyr RFC 7-3 Bridgend Ravens

A disastrous start to the second half for the Ravens saw Merthyr stretch out to an eighteen point lead with just 5 minutes of the second half played.

Bridgend regained their composure to build their way back into the game. Connor Tantum bagged the try the Ravens were working so hard for. A big stretch from Shaun O'Rourke saw the second row grab an attempted chip over his head and O'Rourke raced into the Merthyr 22. Connor Tantum was up in support and the lively scrum half produced a magnificent step to get himself over the line. Jamie Murphy's sublime conversion from the touchline helped Bridgend close the gap to 11.

It didn't take Bridgend long before they narrowed the gap even further following a big maul drive of their own. Murphy's resulting penalty got Bridgend back to within eight points with 55 minutes played.

For all their efforts, the Ravens couldn't continue to claw their way back into the match, the strength of the host's bench made a big difference and Merthyr added two late tries to finally down a valiant Ravens side.

Bridgend Ravens Supporters Man Of The Match Sponsored By The Fountain Inn Aberkenfig - James Little.

Latest News

  • Bargoed fixture re-arranged

    18/02/2019

    Due to a fixture clash with our WRU National Cup 1/4 Final against Pontypool on Saturday 23rd March, our Principality Premiership fixture against Bargoed has had to be re-arranged.

  • Llandovery 10-19 Bridgend

    17/02/2019

    Bridgend Ravens put in their finest performance of the season to register a league double over Llandovery at Church Bank on Saturday.

  • Team to face Llandovery (A)

    15/02/2019

    Bridgend Ravens look to build on some improved recent performances when they travel to Llandovery in the Principality Premiership on Saturday (2:30pm).

  • SUPPORTERS TRANSPORT TO LLANDOVERY

    11/02/2019

    Bridgend Ravens hope to run a supporters bus to next Saturday's Principality Premiership clash with Llandovery at Church Bank.

  • Bridgend 17-24 Merthyr

    11/02/2019

    Bridgend Ravens fell to a narrow seven point defeat to Principality Premiership champions Merthyr at a rain soaked Morganstone Brewery Field under the lights on Friday night.