RGC1404 put Bridgend to the sword in brutal fashion with a bonus-point victory at Stadiwm Zip World to move into the top half of the Principality Premiership.
A brace of tries from Danny Cross plus a try apiece from Efan Jones, Evan Yardley and Cam Davies was enough to see off Matt Silva’s side.
Former Wales under 20s outside half Billy McBryde also contributed 11 points from the kicking tee to condemn Bridgend to their first defeat in three games.
All Bridgend could muster was two tries courtesy of Jamie Murphy and Connor Tantum.
After a cagey opening to the game Bridgend got on the scoreboard with Cai Evans knocking over a penalty after the hosts infringed at the breakdown.
But RGC hit straight back when Jones took a quickly tapped penalty before offloading to Karl Martin who broke numerous tackles to set up an attacking position in the Bridgend 22. Despite initially holding firm RGC finally found a way to break down the visiting defence with Cross touching down at the far right-hand corner for a try which McBryde converted.
The Gogs were now full of confidence and immediately went on the attack with Cross making an incisive 60 metre break up field. But such a promising attack came to nothing with Cross’ offload unable to find the hands of Iolo Evans.
Mark Jones’ side continued to bombard the Bridgend defence but found them a tough nut to crack as the visitors successfully kept out RGC’S driving lineout.
But Bridgend were forced to concede another penalty allowing McBryde to slot over another penalty from straight in front of the posts.
Cross grabbed his second try after he was the beneficiary of a terrific break and offload from Mei Parry with McBryde converting.
The inside centre was on fire and was denied a hat-trick on the stroke of half-time when he was held up over the line after a tap tackle by the visitors meaning the Gogs led 17-3 at the interval.
The hosts came out of the blocks firing in the early stages of the second half with Bridgend struggling to cope with their physicality and dynamism. Scrum-half Jones crossed for their third try due to the RGC scrum pushing their visitors backwards at a rate of knots.
Despite trailing by 21 points Bridgend refused to throw in the towel with outside half Murphy darting over from short range after some powerful play by the home sides pack. But Silva’s men could not string more than a few phases together with the RGC defensive line forcing their visitors into numerous errors.
After a scrappy quarter the hosts finally secured the try bonus point when Yardley crashed over from short range after a series of powerful driving lineouts by the north Walians.
Tantum crossed at the far righthand corner for Bridgend after a quickly taken penalty had put the hosts on the back-foot. But Davies put the final nail in Bridgend’s coffin with a try from 30 metres out.