13 Dec Team to face Ebbw Vale (a)
Bridgend Ravens head to Eugene Cross Park on Saturday afternoon for a vital match in the Indigo Premiership relegation battle (2:30pm).
Bridgend are currently pillared to the bottom of the league standings, having won only one of their league games so far. The Steelmen are faring little better; with two wins from their games so far. The Ravens face a huge week with the game at Ebbw being followed by a clash with Swansea at the Morganstone Brewery Field the following week; the Whites are third from bottom and it’s fair to say the two games are likely to have a big say on how the final table might look come the end of the season.
Ebbw Vale faced Swansea last weekend, and in a tight affair were edged out by 10pts to 13. They picked up a losing bonus point in defeat to take them 6 league points clear of the Ravens. Their victories so far this season have come against Llandovery at home and RGC away, but they’ve also picked up five bonus points.
Bridgend welcome back players from injury and international duty as they look to get back to winning ways. Brad Roderick, Travis Huntley and Morgan Strong all turned out for Wales u19 last weekend in their win over Scotland at Ystrad Mynach but they’re back with their club and hoping to continue the winning feeling on Saturday afternoon.
Owen Howe ambien otc uk retains his place at full back, and there’s a welcome boost for Bridgend with Dewi Cross shrugging off a knock which ruled him out of last week’s defeat to RGC to come back into the back three with Andrew Evans. Nathan Edwards is ruled out of the tie with an infection which allows Brad Roderick, a try scorer in Wales u19 victory over Scotland last week to come into the team, pairing with Stuart Floyd Ellis in midfield. Jamie Murphy, captain in Edwards’ absence, and Chris Williams comprise an experienced half back partnership.
In the pack, Morgan Strong, Dafi Davies and new signing Rob Dudley Jones make up a powerful back row. Ben Jones is in from the start alongside Jack Pope, and Bridgend’s front row is the experienced trio of Owen Jordan, Gareth Harvey and Cai Lewis.
15. Owen Howe (Maesteg Quins)
14. Andrew Evans (Douglas IOM)
13. Stuart Floyd Ellis (Bridgend Athletic)
12. Brad Roderick (Resolven)
11. Dewi Cross (Pencoed)
10. Jamie Murphy – Capt. (Pencoed)
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. Dafi Davies (Llantwit Major)
7. Rob Dudley Jones (Penclawdd)
8. Morgan Strong (Tondu)
Replacements: 16. Iestyn Merriman (Bridgend Athletic) 17. Rhodri Apsee (Bridgend Athletic) 18. Adam Court (Pontyclun) 19. James Little (Llantrisant) 20. Ryan Hall (Dinas Powys) 21. Travis Huntley (Tondu) 22. Connor Tantum (Kenfig Hill) 23. Jacob Chilcott (St Joseph’s)