Bonus Point Win for RGC
RGC keep 4th place and promotion within their sight.
RGC forwards coach Jason Roberts watched his pack put in a good performance in the 38-6 win against Newcastle Emlyn - “It was massive improvement in our scrummaging and the work we have put in at training this week has paid dividend.
“We are happy to pick up the Bonus Point win, and we have to target the 5 points in all our home games. Those extra points will become vital as the race for promotion tightens in the coming weeks.
We want to be tested and Newcastle Emlyn gave us a game today and credit to them as they didn’t back off. We need to keep pushing on picking up the results and putting in good performances. Even in the win today we have plenty to work on to improve during the week
We will look at making sure intensity is high in training again this week, work on the scrum and lineout but we need to really focus on the breakdown where we had a few issues today.”
RGC picked up a bonus point win against Newcastle Emlyn in an entertaining 80 minutes of rugby at Eirias.
After a pretty tight first half the Gogs ran in four tries after the break in their return to league action.
Huw Worthington opened the scoring with a try with James Lang kicking the extras. The ball spent much of the opening 15 minutes in the air as both sided kicked high and looked for the chase.
It was the boot of Dan Davies that brought Newcastle Emlyn back in the game with a penalty. Before the game Head Coach Phil Davies talked about the pack being tested, and his forwards passed it with some powerful scrums.
Tom Hughes and Ian Williams were putting in a big shift up front, and the pressure was causing plenty of problems for the visitors. The scrum is a bit of dark art these days but the props were working their magic.
The Eirias crowd were enjoying watching the pack rumble towards the line and cheered them on.
After a number of infringements the referee gave RGC a penalty try with another simple conversion from Lang.
The forwards were giving the RGC backline the platform to play, but on to many occasions the Gogs were sloppy at the breakdown. When it looked like RGC were set to attack they knocked on or were turned over to the frustration of the coaches in the stand.
Dan Davies hit another penalty, and the visitors continued to kick the ball well to push RGC back.
RGC controlled much of the game but and had chances to run the ball, but the errors cost them time and time again.
The home side started much better in the second half and substitute Cam Davies was linking the play up with much more urgency.
It was fellow replacement that claimed RGC’s third try after he took the ball on a good line and battered his was over the white-wash. The centre won’t be short of confidence after his four tries last week as well.
Newcastle Emlyn were reduced to 13 men after to yellows were shown for separate incidents, but the Gogs didn’t make the advantage count.
Eirias expected the try but the players seemed to force the play and chose the wrong options in attack. That was pretty much summed up when Richard Hopkins made a good break but the pass went loose as he was tackled.
When the bonus point try did come it took most in the ground by surprise. Cam Davies grabbed the ball from the scrum and kicked ahead before Afon Bagshaw outsprinted everyone the get his hand down on the ball in the corner.
The pressure was off RGC and it showed in their play, and they quickened the pace when they had the ball and used it far better.
The Coaches would have been delighted with try number 5 after some well worked build up James Lang dived over before converting as well.
The final score of the game was all down to the pace of Afon Bagshaw, after he ran half the pitch to grab his second of the game. Credit to the fullback’s fitness to still have enough in the tank late on to make the dash. Lang made it a pretty successful day with the boot with another kick.