Gogs ready to show mettle for Ironmen Not fair for Llanfair
RGC face a huge test this Saturday when Premiership leaders and newly-crowned WRU National Cup winners Merthyr visit Parc Eirias.
The Gogs will look to make a big statement against a team they defeated twice in the league and also in the National Cup semi-final last season before being beaten convincingly by the Ironmen in the Premiership play-offs.
Merthyr presently head the Premiership standings and visit North Wales this weekend buoyed by thrashing Newport 41-7 in last Sunday’s WRU National Cup Final.
RGC will target a return to winning ways having lost three of their last four matches, all on the road and by small margins against Pontypridd, Ebbw Vale and, last Saturday, at Llandovery.
After going down to the last kick of the game at Vale seven days earlier, the Gogs suffered more late heartbreak at Church Bank Playing Fields, the Drovers landing a last-gasp penalty to pip the visitors 28-26.
The North Wales travellers got off to a great start when Alex Schwarz claimed the first of his two tries in the game.
Jack Maynard answered back with a penalty before RGC scrum-half Schwarz went over the whitewash again. Jacob Botica added the extras.
The home side then looked to take control of the game and cut the deficit when Rhodri Jones picked up his team’s first try on the half-hour mark. The assured boot of Maynard claimed the conversion, making it 12-10 to the Gogs at the interval.
The player advantage swung into Llandovery’s favour when Sam Wainwright was shown a yellow soon after the break and Maynard gave his side the lead with a penalty on the 44th minute.
That lead was extended eight minutes later when Lee Williams scored the try, with Maynard again on form with the boot.
RGC rallied superbly and recorded a brace of tries in quick succession. Jordan Scott was first to touch down before Will Bryan went over the line for another try. Danny Cross nailed both conversions to give the Gogs a 26-20 lead.
Tim Grey was then shown a yellow card, and once again Llandovery took advantage of the extra man. Dafydd Hughes got a try, but Maynard missed the conversion to keep RGC in the lead by a point.
RGC had much of the possession in the final minutes but crucially the last play went to Llandovery and they hit the penalty winner via Maynard on the whistle. LLANFAIR Celtiad lost 4-3 on penalties to Prestatyn Rangers in the NWCFA Under-16 Final at Conwy.
The match itself ended 2-2 after extra time, Gwion Thomas and Dylan Jones striking for Celtiad.
In the Anglesey Youth and Junior League Under-12 Gareth Williams Memorial Shield quarter-finals, Trearddur Bay Juniors defeated Tynygongl Juniors 7-2, Huw Watkins (3), Devondre Temple, Leon Trowell, plus one own goal sharing the winners’ tally, Charlie Dales and Tom Hughes replying.
Under-14 League: Llanfair Teigrod 3 Amlwch Town Juniors 3; Llangefni Town Juniors 8 Amlwch Dreigiau 0; Tynygongl Juniors 1 Llanfair Teirw 3 (Cai Hughes, Dion Hughes, Bedwyr Matthews Jones).
Under-16 Bobby Hughes Memorial Shield quarter-finals: CPD Amlwch 5 (Cian Evans 3, Cai Davies, Josh Griffiths) Cemaes Bay 2 (Dewi Jones 2); Llangoed and District 1 (Jay Finter) Holyhead Hotspur Peibio A 2 (Casey Gregg 2); Tynygongl Juniors 2 CPD Llangefni 5 (Ben Jones 2, James Lewis, Jack Edwards William Hughes).
RGC in action against Llandovery last weekend, where they suffered another agonising away defeat