Gogs chase top four as poor run halted
RGC travel to Premiership bottom side Bargoed this Saturday knowing a victory would clinch them a top-four place.
After three successive defeats, the Gogs bounced back in style last weekend with a 43-36 home triumph over Newport.
The opening 10 minutes went in the visitors’ favour, with two penalties from the boot of Matt O’Brien.
After going six points down, RGC were sparked into action with a couple of attacking runs from Afon Bagshaw, but the ball did not go to hand at the crucial point.
The opening home try came from Danny Cross, who ran a good line to take the ball and go over. Jacob Botica added the extras.
The visitors regained the lead when Joe Bartlett powered over and O’Brien was on form with the conversion.
When RGC began to fire, the backline were making some good running lines and centre Tiaan Loots picked up the second home try, Botica adding the extras.
Try number three arrived following some good footwork from Dion Jones. He managed to keep the ball in touch with the boot and touched down over the whitewash.
Botica extended the lead with the kick.
O’Brien reduced the deficit to 21-19 with penalties either side of half time for the Black and Ambers.
WRU National Cup finalists Newport were playing their final fixture of the season, and clearly did not travel north for a day out, as they took the game to RGC.
However, Gogs winger Bagshaw continued his recent good form with a great try, as once again he showed his pace and left the defence behind. Botica split the posts again for 28-19.
Both sides traded tries as the game ebbed and flowed, with replacement Elliot Frewen crossing for the visitors and O’Brien kicking the bonus.
Again RGC hit back with man-ofthe-match Loots claiming his second try, Botica converting again.
RGC spurned a couple of good chances as well, including a great break from Alex Schwarz, but his pass just failed to find the hands of the supporting Loots.
Another break from Iolo Evans ended with him being tackled when the pass was on to his right.
The visitors got back on the scoreboard when Owen Davies powered over on 71 minutes, with O’Brien adding the conversion and then a penalty to edge Newport 36-35 ahead.
Credit to RGC, they did not panic and Botica kicked a difficult penalty to get his side back in the lead.
Newport were reduced to 14 men after try-scorer Bartlett was shown the yellow card after a high tackle. The game ended with a Iolo Evans try, after the winger read the play and collected a cross-field Newport kick to power over the line.
RGCs no 11 Iolo Evans in midfield action