Llandovery 24 RGC 32
Saturday 6th October 2018
RGC recorded an impressive win against a Llandovery side who had been unbeaten at home for 20 games.
Assistant Coach Phil John praised the sides character after last weeks Merthyr defeat “We didn’t have to say much this week, as the players were disappointed from last Friday and they took ownership during the week. The big thing was seeing what we had talked about in training being taken onto the pitch, and the game plan was followed. The players knew they had to up their performance and they did. I think our discipline was key as well, and if you compare it to Llandovery that is what gave us the field position today.
Llandovery took the early lead after winger Aaron Warren ran a good line to take the ball at speed and run in. Jack Maynard hit the conversion.
The homeside were having all the play as RGC attempted to get a foothold in the game. The backline put the passes together but the Drovers defence was not breaking.
The game settled down, with RGC slowly building some phases in the Llandovery half and after a break from Efan Jones the ball went wide to Rhys Williams before winger Afon Bagshaw touched down. Billy McBryde’s conversion levelled the scores.
RGC were pressing in defence and Llandovery were struggling to get any space.
The visitors were making yards with ball in hand, with Tim Grey and Mei Parry both carrying well. It was a Tim Grey break that caused panic in the visitor’s defence, before his pass went to Llandovery hands.
Baghsaw was next to test the visitor’s with a run and kick ahead. Pressure was building on the Llandovery line and it was added to when Lewis Ellis Jones was yellow carded.
The penalty count was racking up for the Drovers, and in the end the referee gave the penalty try.
RGC controlling the game, with some great work by the back, and some quick breaks from the breakdown.
Maynard got Llandovery back into the game with a penalty.
The 3rd d RGC try came after some more pressure on the Drovers line, and Danny Cross went over in the corner.
Llandovery were given another yellow when Joe Powell was carded
The half ended in fiery fashion with both sides looking for the turnover break.
It looked like try number 4 when Rhys Williams and Dion Jones broke, but Bagshaw was tackled in to touch on the halftime whistle.
Beau Williams who replaced Mei Parry in the first half, began to get into the game, making some carries.
McBryde extended the lead for the Gogs with a penalty in an opening spell to a half that didn’t really get going,
Llandovery did work the ball up the field and after spreading the play wide they knocked on yards from the line.
Danny Cross hit grubber kick down the line which bounced away from the hands of Sam Jones Both sides were trying to work the attacking break, knowing the momentum of the game would change with the next score.
RGC were chasing down Llandovery and from a Dion Jones clearance and chase it resulted with a McBryde penalty to make it 17-25. The fly-half’s fist pump gave away the importance of the score.
The Gogs were working hard in the tackle area, and coming away with the ball time and time again.
As the game went on the penalty count went back in RGC’s favour, which eased the earlier Llandovery pressure, and the game again was played in the visitors half. Discipline was a key success area for RGC and gave hardly anything away in the game.
RGC pushed for the BP try, and when it arrived it was a good one. Dion Jones broke the tackles and sprinted behind the posts. McBryde added the extras.
The home side grabbed a consolation try from Aaron Warren, and Maynard did well with the conversion but it was RGC’s day with an impressive win.