Gogs hop­ing to re­gain the magic at home

Caernarfon Herald - - SPORT -

RGC will tar­get a fourth straight home win in the Premier­ship when they host Cross Keys at Parc Eirias this Satur­day (5.15pm kick-off ).

The Gogs have shown much-im­proved form at Col­wyn Bay of late, although last week­end’s trip to Aber­avon de­liv­ered dis­ap­point­ment in the shape of a 15-7 de­feat.

The Wizards went 15-0 up early in the sec­ond half, and that was enough for them to clinch the game even with a late flurry from the vis­i­tors.

There was not too much be­tween the teams, but the turn­ing point in the first half was down to RGC’s er­ror.

They had a line-out on their own 10-me­tre line, went for the long throw and it was col­lected by Aber­avon flanker Joe To­ma­lin-Reeves, who scored an op­por­tunist try. Chris Ban­field added the ex­tras. RGC did re­group and ended the half on top with posses­sion and ter­ri­tory, but were un­able to make in­roads through the Wizards’ de­fence be­fore the in­ter­val

Aber­avon’s sec­ond try came in the open­ing min­utes af­ter the break, prop Rowan Jenk­ins crash­ing over.

The next score was to be an im­por­tant one for both sides in terms of the out­come, and, when it ar­rived, it was for Aber­avon with a penalty from Barn­field

Mat­ters were then made worse when Bryn Jones was yel­low-carded for the vis­i­tors.

RGC re­place­ment Karl Martin added some en­ergy when he came on, and im­pressed, tak­ing a catch from a high ball in the cor­ner, when the try was on for Aber­avon. His run­ning was also good, crash­ing through some tack­les with ball in hand.

Like much of this sea­son, the vis­i­tors were let down with some han­dling er­rors at key mo­ments and, when the ball was moved down the line, it ended with some knock­ons.

The Gogs fi­nally man­aged to cross the line, af­ter some good work from Martin. It was his first try for RGC, and he showed some fine foot­work to come in from the line to run in un­der the posts.

Billy McBryde hit the con­ver­sion which made it more of a game in the clos­ing min­utes but it was too lit­tle, too late as the dam­age was done by the Wizards in that open­ing spell of the sec­ond half.

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