22 Dec Bridgend 17-3 Swansea
Bridgend Ravens made it back to back Indigo Premiership victories as they eased to victory over Swansea at the Morganstone Brewery Field.
It was far from a classic for Steve Jones’ side, but victory pulls them from the foot of the table, above Ebbw Vale by one league point.
A relatively even first half saw glimpses of both sides attacking intent. Brad Roderick and Dewi Cross made good breaks for the Ravens but the final ball just wouldn’t stick throughout the first half.
Swansea’s James Davies landed an 18th minute penalty to open the scoring. Owen Howe let two penalties slip wide and halftime arrived without further score.
HT Bridgend Ravens 0-3 Swansea RFC
With a distinct wind advantage in the second half. Bridgend made sure to play in the right areas, continually pinning Swansea deep in their own 22.
Supporters Man of the Match Jacob Chilcott’s pin point kick saw Swansea scramble back. Poor conditions resulted in Matthew Aubrey knocking on close to his own line, handing the Ravens the perfect field position to set up a first score of the match. A solid scrum allowed the backs to launch a neat delayed pass move, Chilcott’s soft hands gave Dewi Cross enough space to crash over. Owen Howe converted the try for a first seven pointer of the match.
Just five minutes later a big maul drive from Bridgend rumbled toward the Swansea line. The visitors managed to halt the Ravens’ pack but did so illegally allowing Owen Howe to stretch the home sides lead to seven from the tee.
Bridgend continued to dominate the second half, not giving an inch in defence. Rob Dudley Jones popped up with multiple turnovers in the match providing solid competition at the breakdown.
Bridgend made sure of the victory with a second try, again from a scrum five metres out as Swansea scrambled back taking the ball over their own line. This time the drive was excellent from the Ravens and replacement Ryan Hall, who has impressed in blue and white this season, dotted down after controlling well at the base as the scrum powered forward. Howe again converted for a fourteen point lead with five minutes to play.
A dominant second half display from the men in Blue and White secured another vital four points, Bridgend dragging themselves off the bottom of the league at the halfway point of the season.
Bridgend’s next game sees them make the trip to the Talbot Athletic Ground for another all-Ospreys derby match on Boxing Day, kick off 2:30pm.