Neath 8 Bridgend 13
BRIDGEND managed to withstand a torrent of late pressure and held on for victory against Neath.
Ravens fly-half Jamie Murphy, who notched up 20 points against Cardiff last weekend, was on form again, scoring all of the points through a converted try and two penalties.
Neath scored a try with 15 minutes remaining, but a determined Ravens defence held firm and the hosts had to settle for a losing bonus point.
Bridgend started well, with Murphy opening the scoring with a penalty.
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Scrum-half Chris Williams helped create the Ravens try when he darted towards the line. Bridgend won a scrum and when the ball reached Murphy, he dived over to increase the lead.
Neath fly-half Dai Langdon reduced the deficit with a penalty.
Neath had a great chance to claim the next points, only for Tom Grabham to make a superb tackle and prevent the move from gathering momentum.
Bridgend began the second half brightly and extended the lead with a Murphy penalty after Neath lock Euros Evans was deemed offside.
The second in a series of scuffles then saw Bridgend No. 8 Adam Hillier-Rees and Neath's Evans sent to the sin-bin.
Neath had a chance to narrow the gap, only for Langdon to drag a penalty wide of the mark.
The referee went to his pocket again with 20 minutes remaining, this time showing Ravens hooker Arthur Ellis the yellow card.
Neath took advantage, with captain Gareth Gravell touching down after a well-worked drive from a line-out.
Neath piled on the pressure in the closing minutes and only a superb tackle from Andrew Waite denied replacement Gareth King.
Neath continued to attack, but the visitors won a penalty which Murphy kicked to touch to end the contest.
Neath : Try: G. Gravell. Pen: D. Langdon.
Bridgend : Try: J. Murphy. Con: J. Murphy. Pens: J. Murphy (2).