Jones dares Gogs to daz­zle on big oc­ca­sion

The Rugby Paper - - British Rugby - ■ By JAMES LLOYD

RGC 1404 head coach Mark Jones reck­ons it will be a case of who dares wins when his side take on Pon­typridd.

The 47-cap for­mer wing re­turns to the home of Welsh rugby at the helm of north­ern pow­er­house RGC.

Jones will be look­ing to utilise his big-game ex­pe­ri­ence, and be­lieves which­ever team is the more clin­i­cal on the day will take home the crown.

He said: “It will be an ex­cit­ing game and who­ever ex­e­cutes the bet­ter will come out on top.

“In a fi­nal you al­ways have to have the con­fi­dence not to freeze on the big oc­ca­sion.

“It might take un­til the play­ers get to the top of the tun­nel and see the dragon be­fore they re­alise where they’re play­ing.”

RGC boast vet­eran Scar­lets prop Phil John in their side and Ja­cob Bot­ica – son of Llanelli leg­end and for­mer All Black Frano – at out­side-half.

RGC beat Pon­typridd 4717 when the two teams last met on Jan­uary 7 in the Prin­ci­pal­ity Premier­ship.

But Sardis Road lock Chris Di­co­midis is keen to put that set­back be­hind them and make amends with a sev­enth Na­tional Cup ti­tle.

Pon­typridd have lost cap­tain and cen­tre Dafydd Lock­yer to in­jury, leav­ing Di­co­midis to skip­per the side.

“RGC are a qual­ity side and we’ve had a tough loss to them this sea­son al­ready,” he said.

“At Pon­typridd we take a lot of pride in the fact we do well in knock-out rugby.

“We’ve had a fair bit of suc­cess in cup fi­nals at Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium in the last ten years.

“But the last time we were here we lost to Brid­gend which was a bit of a shock. We’re de­ter­mined to not let that hap­pen again.”

The Val­ley Com­man­dos had to dig deep in their semi-fi­nal clash, even­tu­ally com­ing out on top 42-37 at the Tal­bot Ath­letic Ground.

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