RGC buoyed by first away win of sea­son

North Wales Weekly News - - COMMUNITY EVENTS - BY DAVE JONES dave.jones@north­walesnews.co.uk DaveJDai­lyP@ost

RGC en­ter­tain Brid­gend Ath­letic this Satur­day buoyed by their first away win of the sea­son in the Swalec Cham­pi­onship

The Gogs went to di­vi­sion new­com­ers New­cas­tle Em­lyn and re­turned home with a 28-16 vic­tory.

RGC head coach Josh Leach had mixed feel­ings af­ter the re­sult.

“It was very much a cu­rate’s egg of a per­for­mance with a lot of good stuff mixed to­gether with some ar­eas that need im­prove­ment,” said Leach.

“How­ever, over­all I was de­lighted. The backs looked dan­ger­ous ev­ery time they had the ball and it was great to see Tom Hughes score his first try since his re­turn from in­jury.

“Huw Wor­thing­ton was again out­stand­ing in break­ing the gain line al­most ev­ery time he had the ball and I thought Bryn Wil­liams had his best game of the sea­son thus far.

“We have very much fo­cused on im­prov­ing our away per­for­mances and this af­ter­noon showed that this fo­cus is hope­fully pay­ing div­i­dends.”

Although the home side opened the scor­ing with a long range penalty, RGC crossed the white­wash first when Car­wyn Ap Myrd­din fin­ished off a slick han­dling move which in­cluded a sublime pass from vet­eran sec­ondrow Bryn Wil­liams.

RGC’s sec­ond try came shortly af­ter­wards when man of the match Rhun Wil­liams was quick­est to re­act to a su­perb kick from James Lang to touch down in the cor­ner.

Although New­cas­tle Em­lyn nar­rowed the gap with their sec­ond penalty it was not long be­fore RGC scored their third touch­down.

Livewire 17-year-old scrum-half Efan Jones notched his first se­nior try when he darted over from close range.

The fourth and bonus point try came from cen­tre Tom Hughes, who showed both great speed and foot­work to touch down be­hind the posts. Fly-half Lang added the ex­tras.

Although the hosts landed their third penalty on the stroke of half time, RGC led at the in­ter­val 25-9.

The sec­ond half be­gan in much the same way as the first with full-back Wil­liams mak­ing a scorch­ing break from in­side his own half be­fore be­ing felled just short of the try-line.

How­ever, to their credit the home side from that point came more and more into the game and were re­warded for their ef­forts with a try of their own from a driv­ing maul through Mikey Jones.

Em­lyn threat­ened once more, but ster­ling de­fence led by the RGC back row of Wor­thing­ton, Will Bryan and An­drew Wil­liams turned the ball over and from that point on the home side never looked like scor­ing again.

Any nerves be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced by the vis­it­ing sup­port­ers were calmed by Lang slot­ting over a penalty and RGC were per­haps a lit­tle un­for­tu­nate not to score again when a Bryan ef­fort was ruled out by the ref­eree for off­side.

Car­wyn ap Myrd­din scored a try for RGC in last Satur­day’s vic­tory at New­cas­tle Em­lyn.

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