Bridgend College win Ospreylian derby

Bridgend College produced a brave comeback as they won 27-22 against Ospreylian rivals, Gower College Swansea, yesterday.

Bridgend found themselves behind early on as Gower utilised their bigger runners to good effect.  Two tries were scored for Gower by fullback, Sam Evans and second row, Rory Thornton, with Bridgend getting off the mark through a Josh White penalty.

Gower continued to pile on the pressure and managed to bag themselves a quick fire double before half-time. Scrum-half, Tom Maggs crossed first and hooker, Chris Forshaw, joined him on the score sheet two minutes later.  The score was 3-22 as the whistle sounded for half-time.

Bridgend started to neutralise the powerful runners with a couple of positive substitutions at the break. The pendulum started to swing in favour of Bridgend and their pressure turned into points with Cameron O’Sullivan following up his own charge down to touch down. White converted.

The luck seemed to be on Bridgend’s side when inspirational captain, Tom Bluck, scooped up the ball on half-way, pinned his ears back and crossed the whitewash to score a great solo try. White added the extras and Bridgend were only five points behind.

Bridgend had all the momentum and were playing with confidence. It was only three minutes later when White sent Ryan Russell hurtling down the wing to cross for an all-important score in the corner. The scores were level but White gave Bridgend the lead with a sublime conversion from out wide.

Later, White added an extra three points from a penalty to complete a fine kicking display and help Bridgend secure a big comeback victory. The game was a cracker and ended with Bridgend edging it 27-22.