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U18 Report: Season Starts with Win

U18 Report: Season Starts with Win 17 Jan 2022

U18s: RGC 36 Scarlets 29

Eirias, Sunday 16th January 2022


RGC Under 18s opening game in this season's Regional Age-Grade championship got off to the worst possible start when having kicked the ball straight out from the kick-off, the Scarlets scored the opening try of the match straight from the subsequent scrum. It was they were who were in the ascendancy in this opening period but gradually as the game went on so the RGC forwards began to have a bigger and bigger say in the game leading to tries firstly from flanker Celt Ffrancis Roberts and then following a series of drives close to the Scarlets line the ball went wide to winger Rob Muirhead to score in the corner.


Back the Scarlets came with 3 further tries of their own, their back-line looking dangerous every time they had the ball and with the score-line reading 24-10 as the clock counted down towards half-time the home side looked to be facing a huge challenge in the second half. However, with the final play of the period Owain Evans ripped the ball from a Scarlets defender close to their line to dive over and make the score 15-24.


And it was the home side who started the second half as they had finished the first when supporting a break from Owen Parry, Tomos Hughes scored out wide and then bagged a second for himself when he was closest to substitute Elis Evans' off-load and was able to touch-down close to the posts. - Gruff Ab Ieuan and Tom Jarman converting both tries.- At 29-24 to RGC the game was finely balanced and it was they who were to score what turned out to be the game-winning try when the outstanding Paddy Nelson drove over following more solid work from the home pack. Although the Scarlets were to score a further try of their own, leading to some understandable nervousness amongst the large home crowd, RGC held on to gain a memorable 36 points to 29 victory.


This was very much a team performance in which all 23 players made a contribution and they and the remainder of the squad now look forward to next Sunday's game away against Cardiff.


Head Coach Saul Nelson

“First off it was pleasing to see how the boys worked especially and how that transition from training to how we performed on the pitch with some of the tries we scored.

Wins bring teams closer together and we will take this to training again this week, as we look to rectify a few of the small errors in preparation for our next challenge. It will be another huge task when we face Cardiff, they say winning becomes a habit so that is what we are aiming for.

For the boys this week it’s a balance between recovery and then start to look at the big picture stuff before the final preparation for putting in a performance against Cardiff”