RGC must up game fur­ther at Merthyr

Bangor Mail - - SPORT - BY DAVE JONES [email protected]­walesnews.co.uk @DaveJDai­lyPost

RGC will need to reach the same lev­els achieved in last week­end’s tremen­dous vic­tory over Bar­goed when they travel to early Swalec Cham­pi­onship lead­ers Merthyr this Satur­day.

A penalty from the last kick of the game by James Lang se­cured RGC a fan­tas­tic 27-25 win over last sea­son’s ti­tle-win­ners Bar­goed.

Hav­ing been beaten twice by the Rhym­ney Val­ley side last sea­son and af­ter los­ing their open­ing match of this term at un­fan­cied New­bridge seven days ear­lier, the Gogs went into Satur­day’s test at Parc Eirias as un­der­dogs.

Lang put the Gogs six points ahead with a brace of penal­ties but missed a fur­ther op­por­tu­nity and the mo­men­tum be­gan to shift to the visi­tors.

Stephen Lang hit a drop goal be­fore Dar­ren Humphries ran in for the first try of the game.

Bar­goed went down to 14 men when Humphries was sin-binned for a high tackle, and the num­bers were evened up af­ter Bryn Wil­liams was shown a yel­low for a tip tackle.

Bar­goed ended the first half the stronger and the sec­ond stanza was look­ing even tougher for RGC when the cham­pi­ons scored their sec­ond try.

The ball bounced kindly and Leigh Meades touched down, the con­ver­sion mak­ing it 15-6 at the in­ter­val.

The home side started the sec­ond half brightly.

Lang broke from his own half and tore up the pitch be­fore of­fload­ing to Car­wyn Ap Myrd­din and the ex­pe­ri­enced winger went over in the cor­ner. Lang added the ex­tras.

As ex­pected Bar­goed started to use their pack to test the RGC for­wards and the work of the scrum led to an away try for full-back Ash­ley Nor­ton, Stephen Lang con­vert­ing.

James Lang re­sponded with another cou­ple of penal­ties to cut the ar­rears to 22-19.

The game was get­ting stretched and the space be­came even greater when RGC’s An­drew Wil­liams and Bar­goed’s Meades were sin-binned.

RGC are cred­ited with hav­ing a back­line that has pace and skill, but per­haps the high­light of the game was the try that they scored with a driv­ing maul.

The Bar­goed pack could not stop the big push and the im­pres­sive Huw Wor­thing­ton was cred­ited with the try. With min­utes left on the clock RGC led 24-22.

When RGC played the ball from the back in­stead of clear­ing it up­field they trans­gressed and Stephen Lang duly obliged with what looked like the win­ning penalty.

With only sec­onds left RGC at­tempted to work some phases to build for a scor­ing op­por­tu­nity and it came when the ref­eree awarded them a penalty.

The Eirias crowd went quiet be­fore James Lang sent them into cloud nine by split­ting the posts.

RGC on the at­tack against Bar­goed last Satur­day. Pic: STEVE LEWIS

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