Match report RGC v Cardiff Met. Provided by RGC website
RGC too good for The Met.
Top Marks For RGC
RGC ran in 8 tries to collect a bonus point win against Cardiff Met. With the score 33-7 at half time Coach Josh Leach told his players to focus on completing the job in the 2nd half “It was another good start and that has been the case in recent weeks at home it is getting the points on board early. It is difficult to get an 80 minute performance, especially when you have a convincing lead at half-time. We look at focusing the boys at half time and to build energy in the remaining 40 minutes of a game. A lot of it comes down to experience, maturity and leadership and we are gaining these aspects every game. The bench is also a vital part in an 80 minute performance and it can be difficult for a player to come on when the momentum of a game has gone with points on the board. It is also down to us as coaching staff to make sure we look at the replacements at the right times of a game.”
“As we keep saying, we are learning steadily but we must control key moments of a game and take our opportunities plus make the opposition work hard when they have the ball. When we play in the bigger games we won’t get as many chances so we need to learn to take them when they are on offer”
RGC started brightly as the put pressure on the Cardiff Met line, after a couple of players went close, scrum half Cameron James Davies scored the try with James Lang kicking the conversion.
The play was all in the visitors half as RGC worked the ball well with some good phase play in tricky conditions. It was a backline move that led to the 2nd try of the game after Rhun Williams and Sam Jones broke down the pith before Andrew Williams was stopped short, but he manged to feed the ball to Carwyn ap Myrddin for the touchdown. James Lang added the extra points.
That was Carwyn ap Myrddin’s final moment of the game as he went off with an injury to be replaced with Tom Seddon.
James Lang missed a couple of penalty opportunities and after the 2nd one hit the post, after couple of mistakes and Cardiff Met penalties the students ran the ball in down the wing for the try. It was their first foray into the RGC half and showed they had the pace and skill to get behind the home sided defence.
Sam Jones was then held up at the line after another attacking run, but the try followed when Bryn Williams won the lineout and ran over a gap in the defence for the try. James Lang converted.
It was the homeside turn to put in some defensive work and a big tackle from Rhun Williams stopped Cardiff Met from scoring when he held the player up over the line. It was a crucial part of the half as RGC picked up the next score and the bonus point. Substitute Tom Seddon rocketed down the line and crashed through the tackle to put the ball down in the corner.
Just as the half time whistle approached RGC got try number 5 of the half with centre Danny Cross picking up the score. At times RGC sparkled with some great attacking play and most of the job was done as the players headed into the dressing room.
Within the opening minute of the restart the students had got a try when Chay Smith intercepted a pass and ran in from the half-way line. The visitors certainly looked fired up after that and they grabbed another try soon after.
RGC needed to get back in the game and they did so thanks to a 2nd try from Bryn Williams. The RGC veteran celebrated his 33rd birthday with a brace of tries after he collected a charge down kick to scramble over the line.
The RGC scrum was working well, and it caused the away side some problems throughout the game.
James Lang sparked the game into life with a dynamic run before offloading to Danny Cross in a half that didn’t really match the opening 40 minutes. Cameron James Davies did bring a cheer from the stand when he took a clever quick tap penalty to dart over the line. Cameron James Davies then was involved with another good break when he chipped ahead and Danny Cross collected to sprint for the line the tackle being made as he crossed the line, however, to the crowds displeasure, the touch judge made a brave call when Danny's bootlace must have brushed a blade of grass with some white on it!
The referee delivered a couple of yellows for RGC when Maredydd Francis and James Lang were sin-binned and Cardiff Met made the player count work when James Beal scored a try.
The visitors were reduced to 14 players when they had a man sin-binned and the final play of the match gave Mei Parry a try after the pack pushed over and Danny Cross converted.
FT RGC 50 Cardiff Met 22