RGC 40 Pontypridd 10
Saturday 9th April
Both sides came out the gates to gain a hoofhold, but it was a fairly equal arm wrestle as the teams jockeyed for position.
Jacob Lloyd had a chance to get points on the board, but his penalty hit the post.
Scrum-Half Lucus Welsh opened the scores with a try after 15 minutes. Lloyd hit the extras.
From the restart Pontypridd knocked on, and RGC took advantage when Dion Jones found a gap from close range to run in for the try before kicking the conversion to level the game.
RGC went on the attack again, with Rhys Williams racing ahead with ball in hand. The Gogs were offering quick ball, which was putting pressure on the visitor’s line.
It wasn’t long before Rhys Tudor galloped on the wing to go over in the corner for the 2nd try for RGC. Dion Jones was unable to find the target with the conversion.
The pace of the game dropped after half an hour, with Ponty making a few errors when they had the ball.
Lloyd brought his team within 2 points with a penalty
RGC sparked back into action and Brodie Coghlan and Sam Williams went close to the whitewash but were held up just before half-time.
The second half didn’t match the intensity of the opening 40 minutes, but when Ethan Fackrell took a good ball to run at pace to go in for the score, RGC picked up the pace. Dion Jones extended the lead.
Efan Jones and Dion Jones were in the saddle pulling the reigns as they were feeding the backline with the attacking ball. Space was be\geinning to open up in the paddock and RGC took advantage.
Momentum was with the Gogs and the bonus point try came from a sniping run of Efan jones to canter over the whitewash. Dion Jones was again on target
Christian Hone was next to grab a try and he hurdled over the tackles on the 80th minute and in his 205th and final game for RGC Andrew Williams stepped up to hit the conversion much to the celebration of the whole squad on the final whistle.
Head Coach Ceri Jones was delighted especially with the 2nd half performance
“It was a fairly equal 40 minutes, and 2nd half we imposed our game and put some pace and physicality into it. I think we capitalised on their errors, and probably for the 1st time this season, we could relax with 10 minutes left.
I have to congratulate James Andrew and Elis Evans for making their debuts and to Andrew Williams to sign off his great RGC career”