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Tryfest Win at Llanelli

Tryfest Win at Llanelli 19 Oct 2019

Llanell 34 RGC 43

It was an open first quarter with Llanelli taking the lead with a driving maul before Elis Hopkins touched down.  The home side were asking plenty of questions with Grabham and Kallum Evans both testing the RGC defence.

RGC then grabbed 3 tries in a blistering 10 minutes.

A loose ball was kicked ahead by Tom Hughes and his chase and another kick got it into the path of Afon Bagshaw to collect and touchdown. McBryde added the conversion 5-7

The second score was the result of some swift passing before Harri Evans skipped inside the tackles to combine with Rhys Williams who’s pass to Rhodri King gave the hooker a great team try. McBryde hit the extras.

An Ioan Hughes penalty got Scarlets back on the scoreboard.

Scrum half Efan Jones extended the lead minutes later, with the boot of Billy McBryde on point with all 3 conversions.

Winger Aaron Grabham was proving a good attacking outlet, and he again found some space but slipped as he tried to avoid the tacklers.

Llanelli were held up on the line, when it looked like they were over, but they didn’t have much time to wait before the grabbed there second try.  After a scrum, the referee awarded a penalty try to close the lead to 6 points.

The visitors were looking for some quick ball, but were being hampered by some handling errors, and they increased as the half went on.

Will Bryan went close to the whitewash after he charged down a kick, before McBryde again was on form with a penalty before the break.

Much like the opening of the 1st half home side looking bright with ball in hand.  Pressure was building and it was no surprise when Nathan Hart scored. A Hughes conversion made it 22-24

The RGC forwards got a foothold and some good position and worked towards the line, and the bonus point try was claimed by prop Will Sanderson. Extras from McBryde.

RGC again were unable to build on that score, and after a couple of loose kicks the RGC defence opened up and Grabham took full advantage to break, before Ryan Davies finished with a bonus point try.  

The scoreboard was being made to work, and again RGC extended their lead with a try from Rhys Williams. McBryde smashed over his most difficult kick of the afternoon from the touchline

Try number 6 arrived when RGC had numbers wide and an Oscar Lennon pass found Bagshaw who crossed for his 2nd try of the game.

RGC weren’t making life easy for themselves and they had a nervous last 5 minutes, as errors gave given the home side some chances and they have taken full advantage

An RGC kick was charged down and it ended ends with Jacob Lewis scoring. Hughes conversion made it 34-43.



There was one last heart in mouth moment for the visitors as Eray Wilson sprinted down the wing as the try line awaited but was tackled and knocked on.

It wasn't a top gear performance, but it was the first away win of the season and RGC will look to continue the winning run next week at home to Cardiff (5.15pm)