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Lennon Last Play Wins Against All Whites

Lennon Last Play Wins Against All Whites 29 Feb 2020

RGC claimed a dramatic victory at St Helens with a last play try from replacement Oscar Lennon.

Swansea 24 RGC 25

Saturday 29th February 2020

With the clock ticking down and the score at 24-20 the Gogs put pressure on the All Whites line with a couple of scrums, before Lennon grabbed the ball and darted over for the score and the victory.

The RGC scrum-half was more than delighted, especially as minutes earlier it had looked like all was lost "I knocked on when we had a scrum in a good postion, so of course was dissapointed with the game going away from us. The good thing at playing scrum-half is that you always get opportunities to make amends, and made a tackle on the next play we got the turnover penalty and hit it to the corner.  We train for all scenarios, so when we had the scrum the blindside attack was an option and to be fair if it wasn't me than Delwyn Jones was on for the score as well."

RGC started the game with the wind in their favour, took the lead with a penalty from Billy McBryde.  The visitors were working well around the breakdown, but accuracy in the passing was letting them down. 

That enabled Swansea to get a foothold in game, and the started to build some pressure. The scrum was dominating and RGC were having to defend for longer.

Jay Williams made a powerful run into some space and again RGC were struggling to contain the homeside.

Winger Rhys Tudor was caught offside in front of a kick and scrum half Matthew Aubrey took a quick tap penalty. James Davies made a break and found Tom Williams on his shoulder, who juggled the ball before backing his pace to score. James Davies converted.

RGC regained the lead after driving maul was brought down by Owen Thomas, and the penalty try was awarded.  The Swanea hooker was also shown a yellow card.

The Gogs then had there best attack of the game when the worked the phases well, and controlled the ball before spinning it wide to Rhys Tudor but the winger spilled the ball yards from the touchline.

Swansea were rewarded with a try early in the 2nd half after Callum Bowden crashed over.

The lead swung again in RGC's favour when McBryde hit a penalty. It wasn't a game for the purist with both sides stuggling to get ball in hand, but with the loose play it was leading to plenty of excitement.

All Whites then claimed the try of the game, when hooker Owen Thomas spun and skipped through tackles to touchdown. James Davies extended the lead.

Skipper Tom Hughes was trying to create something, but the homeside were shutting down much of RGC's attacks.

Swansea’s bonus point try arrived after charged down kick rebounded off an RGC player to allow Cambriani in for a score in the corner. James Davies missed the conversion.

The game was running away from the Gogs, and the wind was also against them which meant exit ball kicking was proving difficult.

Heading into the last 10 minutes of the game Tom Hughes sparked some life into his side with a score.  Replacement Delwyn Jones took a quick tap to run up the field before setting up Hughes for the try.

McBryde hit difficult conversion from the touchline into the wind, and that score would prove crucial in the outcome of the game.

With a minute left on the clock Matthew Moore was yellow carded for Swansea, and RGC took full advantage from the line-out.  The pack drove on, and from the resulting scrum Oscat Lennon grabbed the try and the memorable victory.


Post Match Reaction

Josh Leach "Similar to the Carmarthen game, we knew the wind would be a factor.  We had the wind behind us 1st half but it isn't always easy to see if is an advantage until you get into the 2nd half. Swansea looked at the kicking game, and tried to turn us as much as possible.  For us kicking wasn't working so we looked to play the ball.  This was high risk, but high reward if it worked. We got back in the game and showed good character with the scoreboard against us. I also thought the replacements made and impact - Delwyn setting up Tom Hughes for the try, and of course Oscar claiming the winning score. We have had wins snatched away from us here in the past, so we will certainly enjoy this win"