Bridgend Ravens
2005/2006 Principality Premiership
Bridgend 23 v 18 Swansea
03 September 2005 - Morganstone Brewery Field, Bridgend
Swansea

Match Report

The Whites Suffered A First Day Defeat

The Whites suffered a first day defeat at the Brewery Field to a Bridgend side playing with only fourteen men for most of the game. Bridgend captain Mike Powell was sent off for an early bath by referee Nigel Whitehouse for a stamp on Luke Richards.

Swansea began the more enterprising side with Richards slotting over a penalty. However, the red card of Powell seemed to spark the home side into life with Chris Tossell scoring a breakaway try unopposed, which Gareth David converted.

The Bridgend fly half then kicked two penalties to leave Swansea trailing by ten points. Eighteen year old winger Leigh Bevan managed a score right before half time to bring the Whites storming back into the game.

Half-Time:- Bridgend 13 Swansea 8

Swansea's one man advantage finally paid dividends immediately after half time as Bevan went over for his second try in the corner. Richards converted the difficult kick to take the visitors into a 15-13 lead.

However, Bridgend were able to take advantage when Swansea captain Gareth Newman was sin-binned mid-way through the second half. Bridgend's second try came through Andrew Williams and it was converted by David to restore the Ravens' lead to 20-15.

Richards managed to close the gap to only two points, but any hopes of snatching the victory were dashed as prop Tim Evans was sent off for headbutting Gareth Alexander in front of the touch judge. His actions are likely to result in a hefty ban.

David had the final say with a penalty goal to clinch a 23-18 victory for Bridgend. Swansea's failure to take advantage of the extra man for over half th match proved costly in the end.

Next up for Swansea is a tough challenge away to Newport where the Whites have traditionally struggled this decade. There are undoubtedly some signs of form, especially with the emergence of teenagers Nicky Thomas, Leigh Bevan, Daniel Lloyd-Jones and Ben Lewis, but a massive improvement will be needed to challenge the Black and Ambers.

Full Time:- Bridgend 23 Swansea 18

Official : Nigel Whitehouse (Wales)

Bridgend Swansea
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