Simp­son marks RGC 150th mile­stone with WRU Na­tional cup vic­tory

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BAN­GOR man Joe Simp­son made his 150th RGC ap­pear­ance as they im­pres­sively pro­gressed in the WRU Na­tional Cup with a 35-17 win at New­port last Satur­day, re­ports Scott Law­son.

Prop Simp­son has been one of the Gogs’ most con­sis­tent play­ers of re­cent sea­sons and was de­lighted to mark his mile­stone with a vic­tory in a com­pe­ti­tion RGC won two years ago. Mark Jones’ side will now aim to add to their cup suc­cess by pick­ing up vi­tal league points in a test­ing trip to Ebbw Vale in the Pre­mier­ship this Fri­day.

It was all RGC in the open­ing min­utes un­der lights at Cardiff Arms Park last Satur­day, and they were re­warded with a try from Efan Jones, Billy McBryde hit­ting the con­ver­sion.

The vis­i­tors con­tin­ued to at­tack with Bryn Jones and An­drew Wil­liams car­ry­ing well. The score­board ticked on with a McBryde penalty.

Evans man­aged to get over for a try af­ter a good break from Danny Cross and a for­tu­nate set up fol­low­ing a Dion Jones kick. The next score was one for the high­light clips, as Dion Jones col­lected a kick on his own 22-me­tre line, broke the de­fence and passed to Mei Parry, be­fore Harri Evans jinked past some tack­les to grab his sec­ond try, McBryde boost­ing with the boot.

Try num­ber four came af­ter good work from the pack, Hughes fi­nally crash­ing over.

New­port replied when Geraint O’Driscoll touched down and Ha­dyn Sim­mons claimed the con­ver­sion: 27-7 to the vis­i­tors at the in­ter­val.

Early in the sec­ond half Hughes again opened up the field, and Iolo Evans crossed the line. McBryde added a penalty – 35-7.

For­mer RGC Academy player Adam Sabri at­tacked to­wards the line, be­fore be­ing tack­led but Mathew Read fol­lowed in sup­port to score.

With changes off the bench, RGC did not re­ally have the same flow as the first half and New­port were en­joy­ing more of the ball and ter­ri­tory. The hosts had one last go, the pack driv­ing to­wards the line and picked up their third try via Dan Preece.

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