Pon­typridd no match for RGC:

Bangor Mail - - Sport - Rugby union

ASECOND half per­for­mance of pace in at­tack and steel in de­fence earned RGC an im­pres­sive 26-8 bonus point win over Pon­typridd at Parc Eirias.

It was the vis­i­tors who crossed the line first with for­mer RGC prop Ross Davies go­ing over for the try.

Un­like pre­vi­ous games this sea­son, RGC re­grouped and got a hold of the game with some solid phase play and were re­warded with a try from Jor­dan Scott. McBryde added the ex­tras.

They ex­tended the lead with a su­perb at­tack­ing run from Tom Hughes who off­loaded to McBryde to dive un­der the posts. The fly-half added the con­ver­sion.

The break­down and turnovers where caus­ing havoc for both sides, as the game opened up.

Tom Hughes made a cou­ple of breaks.

Pon­typridd edged back in the game with a penalty from Jones be­fore half­time.

What­ever was said at half­time it worked as RGC came out fir­ing on all cylin­ders.

Efan Jones darted through but was un­lucky with his kick ahead.

Beau Wil­liams and Harri Evans set up some solid phases as they worked to­wards the Ponty line.

Jor­dan Scott was also mak­ing his pres­ence known with big car­ri­ers.

The third try came af­ter Sam Rogers made some space be­fore pass­ing to Afon Bagshaw who touched down.

Ge­orge Roberts grabbed the bonus point, with some good foot­work to jink pass the tack­les to run over the line. McBryde hit the con­ver­sion. The pace from the run­ners was elec­tric, and Pon­typridd were strug­gling to deal with it.

As much as the at­tack im­pressed, the fi­nal 20 min­utes was about de­fence, with some tack­les from Tim Grey, Bagshaw and Harri Evans all stand­ing tall.

RGC went down to 14 men when Rhys Roberts was yel­low carded, but it didn’t stop the work load of the de­fence who kept the waves of at­tack back from the vis­i­tors.

Bagshaw again made a try sav­ing tackle af­ter he dumped the Pon­typridd at­tacker over the touch­line.

McBryde’s boot cleared the ball at key times and the vis­i­tors were nilled in the sec­ond half.

Ahead of the clash, Matt Silva said he and his play­ers haven’t en­joyed the three-week break since their last game.

“If we had won against Llan­dovery then it would have felt dif­fer­ent, but af­ter a de­feat all you want to do is have another game as quickly as pos­si­ble,” he said.

RGC now en­ter a busy few weeks and the head coach is look­ing see his team start to get some mo­men­tum.

“With a run of games, we have a chance to build some re­sults, and of course we fo­cus on win­ning all games, but we do feel we should be tar­get­ing win­ning at home as a starter,” he added.

“The crowd be­hind us gives us that ex­tra push, and the boys know that by win­ning it sends ev­ery­one home with a smile on their face.”

Skip­per Tom Hughes has also looked back at the last cou­ple of games in which RGC have gone be­hind early.

“We have a chance to get back to win­ning ways, and put some re­sults to­gether but we need to fo­cus for 80 min­utes and not be in a po­si­tion where we are chas­ing the game af­ter the open­ing quar­ter,” he said.

● RGC’s next game is on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 19, when they face a trip to Llanelli, kick-off is at 2.30pm.

The next home game at Parc Eirias is against Cardiff on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 26, with the kick-off slightly later at 5.15pm.

● RGC are invit­ing any North Wales coach of all age groups to at­tend train­ing ses­sions for se­niors or age grade through the sea­son.

Train­ing takes place Mon­day, Tues­day and Thurs­day at Parc Eirias.

RGC se­nior ses­sions start at 5.30pm; RGC U18 ses­sions start at 6pm; RGC U16 ses­sions start at 6.30pm.

If any coaches do wish to at­tend then get in touch with Josh Leach ([email protected]) so the club knows they are com­ing and can en­sure that the time can be made to make them wel­come and brief them on the con­tent of the ses­sions.

● Afon Bagshaw, seen in pre­vi­ous ac­tion, scored a try and stood tall in de­fence

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