Bridge too far for outfought Bulls


Gavin Grosvenor

Swalec One West Central

Bridgend Athletic 57

Builth Wells 5

BUILTH Wells returned to earth with a bump following their victory over promotion chasing Aberavon Quins with a crushing defeat at Bridgend Athletic.

The rampant hosts ran home nine tries at the Brewery Field, leaving Bulls coach Nick Howells far from happy.

“After our display against Quins this result is all the more disappointing,” said Howells. “We just did not perform all day, our forwards did not recycle the ball to our backs all day and leaves us with plenty to work on ahead of this weekend.”

The hosts started brightly with centre Marc Bennett chipping the Bulls defence for Luke Bevan to cross for the opening try before converting the second try of the day which soon followed when flanker Ben Howe charged over from 30 metres.

Builth were reduced to 14 men with a player sin binned for repeat offending and the hosts capitalised with flanker Chris John driven over for a try which Bevan converted.

Bridgend ensured no way back before the break with centre Mike Hathaway feeding Howe for his second try of the day with Bevan once again adding the extras.

A fine passing move saw John released for his second try of the day early in the second-half before the hosts were reduced to 14 men with the Bulls capitalising with a try from Lucas Evans reducing the arrears.

However it proved brief respite for Builth who conceded a penalty try soon after, converted by Bevan, as Bridgend resumed control and completed an emphatic scoreline with late tries from youth team players Stuart Floyd-Ellis and Garin Lougher.

BUILTH: M Davies, R Jones, Jarman, Morris, L Evans, Oakley, Mills, Brown, Dickson, Pugh, Samuel, Lewis, T Davies, Morgan, Lloyd. Reps – Parry, N Jones, Boore, Baggett.

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