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Hopkins dismay at Bridgend demise

Bridgend's Karl Hocking at the final whistle
Bridgend's Karl Hocking is left dejected at the final whistle

Kevin Hopkins says Bridgend's defeat at home to Aberavon, which confirmed their relegation from the Welsh Premiership, summed up their season.

Bridgend were leading 16-3 at half time only to end up losing 19-16.

The Brewery Field club has produced the likes of JPR Williams, Rob Howley and Gareth Thomas in the past.

"We ended up bottom and probably rightly so because results at the end of the day prove themselves," said director of rugby Hopkins.

"I think we've been unfortunate in some games, but tonight summed up a lot of games where we've done very well in patches, but unfortunately haven't got the results that we deserved.

"It's a great disappointment for the whole area because of the amount of talent that's generated over the last couple of years.

"There's probably no avenue for them back up now."

Bridgend were the last team to win the Welsh Premiership the season before the Welsh Rugby Union introduced regional teams in 2001.

But last year, the club was under threat of going out of business in a row over its Brewery Field home as the ground was rented and gate receipts were the only source of income.

That problem has now been solved as Bridgend have bought the ground from Bridgend Council along with Bridgend FC.

Now they have to rebuild on the pitch in a bid to get back into the Welsh Premiership at the first attempt.

"Sometimes in adversity, we've got to go backwards before stepping forward," said Hopkins.

"We will revitalise ourselves in the next couple of weeks, pick ourselves up again and hopefully move forward."

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