09 Oct Llandovery 19-25 Bridgend
Bridgend claimed an impressive 25 points to 19 win at Church Bank, downing the previously undefeated Llandovery with a blistering second half blitz.
The much clichéd tale of two halves proved accurate on Saturday afternoon, Llandovery dominating the first half and Bridgend the second. The Drovers controlled possession and territory and worked a 14 point lead in the opening quarter. Dafydd Hughes and Rhodri Jones touched down for the hosts with James Garland adding both conversions.
Bridgend struck back with a Caine Woolerton try at the 26 minute mark, a penalty kicked to the corner saw the visitors spread the ball wide. The draw and offload from the impressive Edd Howley saw Woolerton touch down out wide.
Mistakes proved costly for Bridgend as the half went on. Llandovery grabbed a third try after charging the Ravens clearance kick down in their own 22. Callum Williams scored out wide following some neat work in midfield from the hosts.
HT Llandovery RFC 19-5 Bridgend Ravens
A lightning start to the second half saw the Ravens notch 20 points in the first 13 minutes of the half. With Bridgend desperate to up the pace, a quick tap penalty from Scrum Half Chris Williams saw Reuben Tucker bag a try. Matthew Jones added the extras to get Bridgend back within 7.
The Ravens kept piling on the pressure early in the second half as Jamie Murphy, gathering his own kick, re-launched the visitors attack. Llandovery lost Stuart Worrall to the bin as the back row infringed in the 22, and Bridgend took full advantage of the extra man.
Debutant Ben Warren touched down after Bridgend went to the corner following the penalty, bursting over to score. Matthew Jones converted to level the score, turning around a disappointing first half deficit in 8 second half minutes.
Matthew Jones added a 40 metre penalty, and shortly after added a close range effort to edge Bridgend into a six point lead. Chris Williams’ box kick was chased hard and won in the air by Woolerton, seeing a second quick kick from Williams to land the 50/22. The Drovers conceded a penalty, Matthew Jones knocking it over to round out Bridgends’ 13 minute 20 point onslaught.
Llandovery had chances throughout the half, particularly late on, to work their way back into the game but for some immense defending from Bridgend. Bridgend lost Chris John and Ben Warren to the bin, finding themselves down to 13 men at one point but continued defending valiantly throughout the half to secure the win.
Tries: Hughes, Jones, Williams
Cons: Garland (2)
Tries: Woolerton, Tucker, Warren
Cons: Jones (2)
Pens: Jones (2)