Bridgend Ravens
2003/2004 WRU National League
Bridgend 35 v 26 Cardiff
17 September 2003 - Morganstone Brewery Field, Bridgend

Match Report

Bridgend 35 Cardiff 26

The Blue and Blacks let slip a comfortable 26-points lead after only half-an-hour’s play at the Brewery Field.

Early tries by Richard Jones, Robin Sowden-Taylor and Nick Hampson, all converted by Gareth McCarthy, had seemingly established a match-winning position.

When Ryan Price added a fourth touchdown Bridgend’s fate appeared sealed. But the Ravens hit back in an exciting, if error-strewn encounter. Before half time they had recouped 15 points courtesy of tries by Matt Jeffrey and Austin Howells, who converted one and kicked a penalty goal.

With turnovers riddling the Blue and Blacks momentum, the tide turned completely in the second period. Further unconverted tries by Anthony Carter and Gareth Leonard reduced the Ravens’ deficit to a single point,

Blue and Blacks’ misery was complete when Howells put his side ahead with another penalty goal and then converted a try by Jonathan Rimmer seven minutes from full time