RGC must up game further at Merthyr
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