RGC break the 50-point mark

Sec­ond half-cen­tury of the sea­son for Gogs in vic­tory over Vale

Bangor Mail - - SPORT - Rugby union

RGC’S amaz­ing first sea­son in the Welsh Pre­mier­ship hit new heights last Satur­day when they thrashed reign­ing cham­pi­ons Ebbw Vale 51-17 at Parc Eirias.

The hosts ran in seven tries and topped 50 points for the sec­ond time this sea­son to proudly sit fourth in the ta­ble.

RGC picked up the first try thanks to Will Bryan, who off­loaded to Evan Yard­ley and the hooker dashed down the line to score. Jacob Bot­ica kicked the con­ver­sion.

Vale were then close to the RGC line, the ball was turned over and Ti­aan Loots made a 50-yard dash be­fore pass­ing to Aron Evans.

Not only did it re­lieve the pres­sure, it earned RGC a penalty which Bot­ica landed.

A cou­ple of min­utes later and Vale were back in the game. The trade­mark Steel­men drive re­sulted in a penalty try be­fore Dai Lang­don added the ex­tras.

The scores kept on com­ing as RGC’s Huw Wor­thing­ton crossed the white­wash.

Lang­don nailed a penalty to make it 15-10 be­fore the hosts pro­duced a dev­as­tat­ing 10-minute spell.

First, Bryan took the ball on a great line and ran hard through the Vale bod­ies to touch down un­der the posts, Bot­ica con­vert­ing.

Ebbw’s woes con­tin­ued when cen­tre Nathan Preece was yel­low­carded, and RGC cer­tainly made the man ad­van­tage count.

RGC speed­ster Aron Evans put his af­ter-burn­ers on to get the bonus-point try, Bot­ica adding the two points.

Min­utes later cen­tre Loots evaded a num­ber of chal­lenges be­fore pass- ing to Tom Hughes who was tack­led just short of the line, but a clever pass from the ground to the sup­port­ing Maredydd Fran­cis ended with the try, Bot­ica im­prov­ing with the boot.

Try num­ber six was first class. Vale were turned over on the RGC line and the backs raced on, of­fload­ing at the right point be­fore Loots fin­ished off to make it 43-10 at half time.

The sec­ond half did not match the pre­vi­ous heights and it was not un­til the 76th minute that try num­ber seven ar­rived when hooker Rhys Wil­liams fin­ished off a good move. Vale did cross for a Jack Goodey try in the fi­nal min­utes, Lang­don con­vert­ing.

RGC were given a penalty and Danny Cross scored it to make sure they broke the 50-point mark be­fore the fi­nal whis­tle.

Pic­tures: STEVE LEWIS

Evan Yard­ley scores a try dur­ing RGC’s 51-17 win over Ebbw Vale in Col­wyn Bay on Satur­day

Huw Wor­thing­ton crosses

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