RGC 10 Merthyr 34
Friday 28th September
Double Champions Merthyr ran in 2 tries in the opening 5 minutes of the second half in a game where the visitors won all the battles.
It was the away side that took the lead with an early Jarvis penalty, and they had a good opening to the match. They were looking to play some rugby, and move the ball through hands when the chance was on.
RGC began to get some possession, and they try came after some good phases. Danny Cross then spun the ball wide for Sam Jones to touchdown in the corner.
The Gogs were having to work hard without the ball, and they were soon behind when Merthyr Josh Martin centre took the ball and ran in. Jarvis added the extras.
When RGC played with speed they caused problems, but Merthyr were ripping the ball far too easily from the home side.
Efan Jones spotted a gap and made a dart but was tackled inches from the line.
RGC had a good spell towards the end of the half, and were looking for the drive from the line-out, but the set piece was unable to cause the damage needed.
It was a sign of what was to come after the break, as RGC failed to go forward when they had good possession.
The 2nd half began with RGC on the attack before a Jarvis penalty was kicked to the corner. They were punished even more when the visitors pack pushed forward and scrum half Justin James grabbed the try.
Minute’s later captain Craig Locke crossed the whitewash and they extend the lead with a Jarvis penalty.
That was the game really, as RGC never really competed around the contact area and never got any platform to build on.
Curtis Reynolds went over but the TMO ruled it out. The Ironmen were able to diffuse attacks and gain vital turnover ball. As a result the game lost much of its form, and that early fast pace of RGC play.
Osian Davies was having a good game, and was a big part around the breakdown.
Merthyr were winning the physicality battle, both with and without the ball. They continued to attack the breakdown and get results.
Dale McIntosh’s side soaked up the attacks, and picked up the BP try in the 68th minute, after Richard Powell collected the kick ahead under the posts. Jarvis had a simple conversion.
Louise Jones picked up try number 5 in an impressive 2nd half performance.
RGC once again work towards the whitewash but came up against that solid defence but they did give the crowd something the cheer for, when Afon Bagshaw slid over in the corner.
That was really as much as they had to shout about in the second half, in a game in which many lessons will have to be learnt before Llandovery last week.