Valiant RGC overcome Narberth and a gale force wind!
James Lang bags all 21 points for RGC
scored all of RGC’s points to win their 8th Championship game against the tough experienced Otters.
Parc Eirias fans frequently watch RGC punish visitors with high scoring wins. However, the travelling support for RGC, vociferous and many, were treated to an exciting and extremely tough match.
Narberth won the toss and made RGC play with the wind. An advantage one would think, however, home knowledge of local weather conditions would take its toll on RGC in the second half as the wind turned gale force and gave Narberth a strong ally to help batter the young valiant Gogs.
The first half went well for RGC with the wind at their backs with James Lang
the first on the score board with a 13th. minute penalty.
Taking advantage of the wind James Lang
played to the conditions with a kick and chase tactic which was to prove fruitful in the first half. Soon after scoring the penalty he launched a kick downfield and chased at least as fast as the wind speed, which was pretty high, and gathered the ball to cross for his first try of the game. The conversion drifted wide in the wind.
RGC varied the game plan to draw the Narberth defence which stood up well to the challenge on most occasions. The first half continued, with a few kicks using the favourable wind, to keep Narberth on their toes. Narberth’s own Gale, clawed back a couple of penalties to give them 6 points and keep RGC honest. Around the 35th minute James Lang
again saw the opportunity for a kick ahead which this time he took full advantage of to secure his second try plus the conversion to give RGC a half time lead of 6 – 15.
At the turn around, a 9 point advantage was going to be hard to defend, in the by now gale force conditions. This is where Narberth’s home knowledge worked to their favour.
Soon after the re-start Gale, with the gale, claimed another penalty for Narberth to make it 9 – 15. Anxious times for RGC and the travelling support,who helped galvanise RGC with their vociferous encouragement.
The young Gogs took the Narberth offence and their ally the strong wind in their stride. They were truly magnificent in defence. They forced another penalty for James Lang
to stretch the gap to 9 – 18 and bit more breathing space.
“Outstanding” was the term used by Rupert Moon.
They repulsed every attack and fielded every kick even putting Narberth under pressure themselves in such adverse conditions. Just after the 20th. minute the pressure told and another penalty was awarded to RGC for James Lang
to again split the posts with a fantastic effort to make it 9 – 21 to the Gogs.
Narberth still came back at RGC driving with the wind in muddy conditions with a bigger pack which included an ex Osprey in the second row. Still they couldn’t break the RGC defence, until the momentum of a body sliding in through the mud, possibly with wind assistance as well gave Narberth a probably well-deserved try which Gale converted with less than five minutes left on the clock.
RGC were not fazed and from the re-start stuck to their task and kept Narberth at bay to run out 16 – 21 winners. Deservedly so, after demonstrating immense defensive ability against a tough Narberth side and a very powerful wind.