RGC 29 Llandovery 35
Saturday 4th January 2020
RGC paid the price for not being able to defend the driving maul, with Llandovery claiming 3 tries from the pack.
Both sides scored 5 tries each, but the boot of Jack Maynard made the difference with 5 successful conversions.
After a positive opening couple of minutes, it was the visitors who struck the first blow with a try from Daffydd Hughes on the end of the driving maul. Jack Maynard hit the conversion.
RGC didn’t really get out of 1st gear, with a number of penalties taking the sting out the homesides attack.
A few loose passes cost RGC, with Llandovery making the most with some good yards and causing some panic. Credit to the Gogs defence who were able to nullify the attacks
They drew level on the 24th minute when Afon Bagshaw scored with a superb solo try, getting hold of Llandovery kick before running from the halfway line to touchdown. Billy McBryde added the extras.
Llandovery answered back with a try minutes later, as the ball was moved wide for Richard Williams to score in the corner. Maynard again was on point with the conversion.
Both sides were playing some fast rugby, especially on turnover ball which was making the game frantic at times. Both sides were a pass away from a score, or a misspass away from conceding a try
Bagshaw dazzled with try number 2, after he danced between players and the touchline to cross over the whitewash. McBryde was unable to kick the conversion.
RGC were pressuring hard, with Dion Jones kick chase making life difficult for Llandovery as half time approached.
The 2nd half was stop start early on, as Llandovery had a number of injury breaks which was trend for the following 40 minutes.
A composed spell with ball in hand led to the 3rd RGC try, when RGC looped a pass wide to Andrew Williams who crossed over. Fly-half McBryde’s conversion fell short but RGC were in the lead for the 1st time.
The pendulum swung in favour for the Drovers when Bryn Jones was yellow carded and then they capitalised with the try from another driving maul. This time Stuart Worrall claimed it. Maynard extended the lead with the kick.
RGC answered back with some measured attacking play, as Jordan Scott went close to the line before the ball was shifted to Harri Evans to finish for the bonus point score. Again McBryde couldn’t find his range with the conversion.
That was the last time RGC had their noses in front, as once again Llandovery powered over for a try, Osian Davies grabbing it. Maynard again hit the conversion over.
Try number 5 from Gavin Thomas was the one to pull Llandovery away, when Gavin Thomas scored. Maynard made it 5 from 5 on the kicking front.
Dion Jones sparked some hope in a fightback with a break down the wing, and minutes later McBryde grabbed his sides 5th try. His conversion sailed over meaning RGC ended with 2 points.