RGC Under 16s got the second phase of their Regional Age-Grade fixtures off to a flying start with a fine win over an Ospreys East side that had been sitting at the top of the table when the competition went into it's winter break.
The 1st try of the game came after only 4 minutes when Evren Ozbilen touched down as a part of a driving maul close to the Ospreys line. If the large and vocal crowd felt that scoring so early was going to mean an easy win for the home side, they were proved wrong when the over the next five minutes the Ospreys scored 2 fine tries of their own to give themselves a 12-5 lead. At that stage of the game the Ospreys were very much in the ascendancy and it looked like it might require a moment of individual brilliance from the RGC side to get back into the game, and such a moment came after 20 minutes when Dei Owen made a break from just inside his own half before off-loading to Cain Jones who scored under the posts. 5 minutes later Owen was to score himself and when flanker Lewis Wilde went over for the home side's 4th try it meant that went the half-time whistle went, RGC had a 24 points to 12 lead.
This lead was to be extended by another 5 points shortly after half-time when Owen made another break from inside his own half and this time was able to score himself as he outstripped the Ospreys backline to score a fine solo try. This was to prove the final score of the game but that doesn't in any way mean that it was any less exciting. The Ospreys East side to their credit never gave up but every attack they made was met by rock-solid defence particularly from the RGC pack where Elis Evans and Owain Evans, in particular, were outstanding.
However this was very much a team performance with all 23 players contributing to the win, something that was acknowledged post=match by Head Coach, Gav Hodgkinson,
' We knew beforehand that the Ospreys East Are a fine side who would present a massive challenge and so it proved. What was really pleasing to myself and the other coaches was the way in which the entire squad met that challenge and put on what was undoubtedly our best performance of the season. Next week we are away at Neath where we play the Ospreys West side, and I have no doubt that we will have to play at least as well as we did today if we are to get anything out of that game.'