2017/2018 Principality Premiership
Swansea 22 v 6 Bridgend
09 September 2017 - St Helen's, Swansea
Bridgend Ravens

Match Report

Swansea 22 Bridgend 6


  • Whites secure first victory of the season
  • Richard Murphy stars as Whites pack takes charge
  • Lancaster rues missed bonus point

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By: Paul Hopkins


Three second half tries were enough to secure a first victory of the season for the All Whites, against fellow regional rivals Bridgend.


The home side started well and a great burst down the wing by Andrew Claypole set up an attack. He found flanker Will Jones in support, but scrum half Rhodri Wells lost the ball forward over the line.


A chip and chase by winger Ed Doe was well dealt with by Swansea fly half Jamie Davies. However, a poor box kick by Wells was taken by flanker Owain Lloyd, who charged over the twenty-two. Hooker Gareth Harvey and number eight Adam O’Driscoll made further yards, but the Whites managed to secure a turnover and full back Owen Howe put good distance on his clearance kick.


Harvey and winger Ryan Griffiths looked to have created an overlap out wide, but a superb tackle by Tom Williams saved a certain try.


The Ravens took the lead after 14 minutes with a Cai Evans penalty goal after an infringement at the scrum by the home pack.


Adam O’Driscoll spotted a gap in the Swansea defence and raced 30 metres upfield. He was brought down with a high tackle, but Cai Evans missed his effort at goal.


Howe kicked to the corner with a penalty after the visitors strayed offside at a kick. A huge maul by the Whites pack took play close to the line, but the promising move broke down.


Harvey was penalised for holding onto possession in the tackle, but Howe’s effort at goal sailed well wide of the posts.


The Ravens then mounted an attack when centre Jamie Murphy made a break and found scrum half Connor Tantum in support. Cai Evans chipped down the wing, but the ball beat the chasing Griffiths over the whitewash.


Full back Tyler Williams almost picked up a loose ball on the wing, but Howe cleared to touch with some great footballing skills.


Half-time:-   Swansea   0   Bridgend   3


Cai Evans doubled his side’s lead after the interval with a penalty goal after Tom Williams slipped when he tried to run out of defence and then held on after the tackle.


Number eight Morgan Morris then broke away from a scrum and used his strength to set up an attack. An inside pass to Claypole saw the winger power over the twenty-two, but he held onto possession on the ground.


Out of nothing, Claypole picked up a loose ball and raced clear to score from half way. Howe missed the conversion.


The Swansea pack drove their counterparts backwards at the rate of knots at a scrum, earning a penalty. This time Howe converted.


The visitors were awarded a penalty, but it was reversed after a stamp off the ball by Adam O’Driscoll. Howe missed his effort at goal.


James Davies made a break and found replacement hooker Ashley James in support. The hooker threw a pass to centre Rhys Williams, who powered through for a try under the posts. Substitute fly half Phil Jones converted.


Replacement centre Joe Jenkins came inches to scoring a third try when he sprinted towards the line, but was stopped by lock Kieran Martin, who was promptly sent to the sin-bin for a professional foul.


The Ravens were struggling to keep the home side at bay and gave away a number of penalties in quick succession. Swansea opted for a scrum and got the ball out wide for Jenkins to score. Phil Jones converted.


Next up for Swansea is a trip to Carmarthen, while Bridgend host Llanelli.


Full-time:-   Swansea   22   Bridgend   6


Swansea scorers:


Tries:-   Andrew Claypole (58), Rhys Williams (76), Joe Jenkins (80+1)

Cons:-   Phil Jones (77, 80+2)

Pens:-   Phil Jones (66)


Bridgend scorers:


Pens:-   Cai Evans (14, 51)


Yellow cards:-   Adam O’Driscoll (71), Kieran Martin (79)


Match facts:


Venue:-   St Helen’s, Swansea

Referee:-   Gwyn Morris

Weather:-   Heavy rain shower, 16C

Man of the match:-   Richard Murphy

Attendance:-   450


Swansea team:


15 Owen Howe

14 Andrew Claypole

13 Callum Carson (rep: Joe Jenkins (65)

12 Rhys Williams

11 Tom Williams

10 James Davies (rep: Phil Jones 52)

9 Rhodri Wells (rep: Josh Guy 52)

1 Tom Sloane (rep: Jack Powell (80+4)

2 Tom Ball (rep: Ashley James 52)

3 Richard Murphy (rep: Chris Thomas 80+4)

4 Jon Fox ©

5 Jay Williams (rep: Adam Thresher 63)

6 Jon Vaughan (rep: Rory Gallagher 52)

7 Will Jones

8 Morgan Morris




16 Ashley James

17 Jack Powell

18 Chris Thomas

19 Adam Thresher

20 Rory Gallagher

21 Josh Guy

22 Phil Jones

23 Joe Jenkins


Bridgend team:


15 Tyler Williams

14 Ed Doe

13 Joseph Gatt

12 Jamie Murphy

11 Ryan Griffiths (rep: Dylan Moss 57)

10 Cai Evans (rep: Ryan Evans 73)

9 Will Baird (rep: Connor Tantum 34)

1 Rhodri Apsee (rep: Huw Wilkes 79)

2 Gareth Harvey (rep: Iestyn Merriman 72)

3 Cai Lewis (rep: Garyn Daniel 52)

4 Jack Pope

5 Kieran Martin

6 Owain Lloyd (rep: Tom Morgan 79)

7 Zac O’Driscoll © (rep: Matthew John 72)

8 Adam O’Driscoll





16 Iestyn Merriman

17 Huw Wilkes

18 Garyn Daniel

19 Tom Morgan

20 Matthew John

21 Connor Tantum

22 Ryan Evans

23 Dylan Moss



Attendance: 500

Swansea Bridgend