15 Nov Team to face Cardiff (H)
Bridgend Ravens next game sees them welcome old enemies Cardiff to the Morganstone Brewery Field on Saturday 16th November (2:30pm).
The Blue and Blacks have been in scintillating form so far, winning all of their opening Indigo Premiership matches. Their last game saw them comprehensively dispatch of Ebbw Vale in the Specsavers Cup by 78pts to 12. They also played Ebbw Vale the week before, scraping past the Steelmen in a scrappy affair by 12pts to 3. Their league victories this season have come against Pontypridd, Llanelli, Swansea, Carmarthen Quins and Ebbw Vale.
A return to home soil gives Bridgend the chance to bounce back after consecutive defeats to Llandovery, Pontypridd and Newport. They’ve had a tough time away from home so far this season, but performances at the Brewery have been encouraging. The reigning champions Merthyr were put to the sword, and agonising last ditch defeats to Aberavon and Pontypridd were all fine team performances and will encourage the Bridgend faithful ahead of Saturday’s tie.
Due to the restructuring of the Premiership over the years, Bridgend and Cardiff haven’t always faced each other twice a season. You have to go back to April 2017 for the last time Bridgend defeated the Blue and Blacks; a 33pts to 26 victory at the Morganstone Brewery Field. Tries that day, in a bonus point win, were scored by Tom O’Flaherty, Eddie Drake, Jamie Murphy, Mike Powell and Connor Tantum, with Murphy adding 8 points with his boot to seal victory.
Both fixtures last year went in Cardiff’s favour. The home tie at the Morganstone Brewery Field was won in some ambien zolpidem uk style, by 36pts to 0, but the game at the Arms Park in March was a real humdinger in front of the Scrum V cameras. Bridgend were extremely unlucky to not pick up anything from an entertaining tie which finished 39pts to 30 in Cardiff’s favour. The Ravens and the Blue and Blacks are both reknowned for their tactic of playing open, enterprising rugby, so Saturday’s game should be another high scoring affair although the weather forecast doesn’t appear to want to give the sides the playing conditions they’d like!
Owen Jordan lines up for his fiftieth Bridgend Ravens appearance in a front row alongside Gareth Harvey and Cai Lewis. Jack Pope moves back into the second row alongside Ben Jones. It’s all change in the back row with Travis Huntley and Joseph Grabham returning next to Joseph Davies, who impressed from the bench last Saturday.
Bridgend Ravens XV:
15. Jamie Murphy (Pencoed)
14. Dewi Cross (Pencoed)
13. Stuart Floyd Elis (Bridgend Athletic)
12. Nathan Edwards (capt) (Maesteg Quins)
11. Andrew Evans (Douglas IOM RFC)
10. Jacob Chilcott (St Joseph’s)
9. Chris Williams (Llanharan)
1. Owen Jordan (Glynneath)
2. Gareth Harvey (Kenfig Hill)
3. Cai Lewis (Tondu)
4. Jack Pope (Pencoed)
5. Ben Jones (Kenfig Hill)
6. Joseph Davies (Cowbridge)
7. Joseph Grabham (Bridgend Athletic)
8. Travis Huntley (Tondu)
Replacements: 16. Iestyn Merriman (Bridgend Athletic) 17. Rhys Forse (Dinas Powys) 18. Adam Court (Pontyclun) 19. James Little (Llantrisant) 20. Ryan Hall (Dinas Powys) 21. Dan James (Bridgend Athletic) 22. Brad Roderick (Resolven) 23. Tyler Williams (St Joseph’s)
Saturday’s match will be officiated by Tom Spurrier who will be assisted by Mathew Thomas and Chris Oliver.