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Swansea 13 Bridgend 14: Whites denied in late penalty row

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 07, 2014

Swansea look for a way through the Bridgend back line.

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SWANSEA'S hopes of staying in the Premiership are hanging by a thread after a controversial home defeat.

Cameron Clement missed with a late penalty which would have given his side an invaluable win, though home players protested that it had gone over.

But the referee stuck to the original decision — and the Whites moved a step closer to the Championship.

Mefin Davies's side looked on course for a major boost when they led Bridgend 13-7 deep into the second half at St Helen's.

But the Ravens responded with a crucial try by hooker Ashleigh James — converted by James Dixon — to give the visitors a one-point victory.

And Neath's win at Bedwas was another serious blow to the Whites' hopes of staying in the division.

Neath now lead Swansea by seven points in the table — and also have the benefit of a game in hand.

The two sides meet at St Helen's at the end of the season.

The visitors led at the break after a try by lock Kyle Evans which was converted by Dixon.

Swansea went in front thanks to two Clement penalties, who also converted a try by wing Rhys Williams.

But James's try — and that late drama — means Swansea are in grave danger.

Swansea: Try: R. Williams. Con: C. Clement. Pens: C. Clement (2).

Bridgend: Tries: K. Evans, A. James. Cons: J. Dixon (2).

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