Iron­men fi­nally break RGC curse to main­tain their ti­tle tilt

The Rugby Paper - - Principality Premiership - ■ By ROB COLE

IT WAS fourth time lucky for Merthyr as they fi­nally beat RGC 1404 to stay on course for back-to-back ti­tles with a big vic­tory to send them into the fi­nal.

The Iron­men had come up short in both their pre­vi­ous league meet­ings against the Gogs and were beaten by them in the last play of the game in the WRU Na­tional Cup semi­fi­nals.

The home fans must have been wor­ried when vis­it­ing skip­per Andrew Wil­liams pow­ered over for a try that Ja­cob Bot­ica con­verted to give his side a 7-3 lead, but for­mer Wales Un­der-20 flanker Ed Sig­gery crossed for a try af­ter 32 min­utes that gave Merthyr the ad­van­tage and they never looked back.

It greatly helped the home cause that RGC had lock Henri Wil­liams sent to the sin-bin for per­sis­tent of­fend­ing, and while he was away the home side scored a fur­ther three tries to lead by 22 points.

No. 8 Phil Rees con­verted a five-man driv­ing line-out and then full-back Josh Flye put wing Kyle Evans over with some great hands. Matt Jarvis, who kicked 12 points, con­verted both tries and the Iron­men were 24-7 ahead at the break.

That lead grew be­fore Wil­liams re­turned as another driv­ing line-out was turned into a try for hooker Rhys Wil­liams. Jarvis couldn’t con­vert that one, but popped over a penalty for good mea­sure.

Dean Gunter rounded things off with another penalty and RGC’s dreams of a league and cup dou­ble were ru­ined, while Merthyr are on course to add the Premier­ship ti­tle to the Cham­pi­onship crown they won last sea­son. Star man Matt Jarvis - Merthyr

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