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RGC1404 - Match centre

Bargoed RFC
RGC 1404
A Williams (2)
J Lang (2)
J Lang (2)
Sat 12 Mar 13:00 - WRU SWALEC Leagues - League Swalec Championship Full time

RGC Edged Out

Bargoed 23 RGC 20

RGC were edged out by Bargoed in an enthralling encounter down South, which was nip and tuck for 80 minutes.
Coach Phil Davies took plenty of positives out of the game “we played some good rugby today and the players executed the plan we had coming into the game It shows how far we have come that we can be disappointed in a result due to a couple of errors”
As expected the game opened with the home-side testing RGC upfront, and the Gogs were putting in some good tackles. RGC were then going through some good phase play, and were able to make some runs from Andrew Williams and Huw Worthington.
James Lang put the first points on the board with a well kicked penalty to settle a few nerves.
RGC were clearly looking to get behind the Bargoed defence, and Alex Schwarz was kicking well from hand, with his fellow backs chasing down well.
Bargoed were winning the arm wrestle in the scrum, and the referee’s whistle was going on favour of the last years League Champions. As the game went on the home-side were looking dangerous making some clinical breaks from Humphries and Protheroe which meant much of the game was played in the RGC half. The Gogs were putting up a strong defence and the home-side knocked on at key times spurning the opportunities .
Lang missed a penalty before Mathew Hurley stuck over 2 kicks to take the lead.
Bargoed had another decent break with a kick and chase but great covering work from the boot of Afon Bagshaw to clear the bouncing ball on the try-line to prevent the try.
Lang was next to earn some defensive plaudits with a big tackle as the try looked on.
The home crowd were becoming more vocal, but RGC were able to quieten them down with a big driving maul wish was held up on the line, just as the away crowed were starting to celebrate
Lang levelled the score with a another penalty but as the half-time whistle approached the pendulum swung in Bargoed’s favour when Evan Yardley was giving a yellow and Hurly made it 9-6 at the break.
The home-side looked to make the man advantage count from the start of the 2nd half and they pressed RGC back towards the line, just when it looked like the score was on RGC worked the turnover and as result Carwyn ap Myrddin was able to kick a loose ball down the pitch and outpace the Bargoed players before offloading to Andrew Williams to take the ball under the posts. It was a great try highlighting RGC’s defensive work along with the fitness to break the length of the field. Lang made the simple conversion.
RGC needed to play for territory but were unable to clear the lines from kick off, and the pressure was back on them.
RGC failed to collect their lineout and the try was gifted to Bargoed with a simple conversion from Hurley.
Momentum was with Bargoed and they ran the ball again, and it was no surprise that another try came with Grant Rogers crossing the whitewash. Hurley once again hit the extras.
In seasons gone by RGC would have been out the game, but the mind-set of the team this year is much stronger and they re-grouped, focused and went again.
The pack drove, worked hard and pushed the home-side back before Schwarz made a dart but was held up on the line.
RGC were going through the phases and it was Andrew Williams who took the ball and crashed over the line for his 2nd of the game. Lang hit the conversion to make it 23-20.
Tiaan Loots made a break down the line but was tackled into to touch, as the home crowd became more nervous.
In the final minutes Bargoed were given a penalty and took the kick into touch as they looked for the bonus point try. Hurley overcooked the kick and in the end RGC came away with the losing bonus point and remain in 4th place with 8 games to go.

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Key moments

Penalty James Lang kicks a penalty for RGC 1404
Penalty James Lang kicks a penalty for RGC 1404
Try Andrew Williams scores for RGC 1404
Conversion James Lang kicks a conversion for RGC 1404
Try Andrew Williams scores for RGC 1404
Conversion James Lang kicks a conversion for RGC 1404


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31:00 Conversion 0 - 20
James Lang kicks a conversion for RGC 1404
30:00 Try 0 - 18
Andrew Williams scores for RGC 1404
11:00 Conversion 0 - 7
James Lang kicks a conversion for RGC 1404
10:00 Try 0 - 5
Andrew Williams scores for RGC 1404
End of period 1
38:00 Yellow Card
Evan Yardley is yellow carded for RGC 1404
30:00 Penalty 0 - 13
James Lang kicks a penalty for RGC 1404
15:00 Penalty 0 - 10
James Lang kicks a penalty for RGC 1404
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As it happened

  • Bargoed RFC
  • RGC 1404
  • 0
  • James Lang Penalty 15:00'
  • James Lang Penalty 30:00'
  • Evan Yardley Yellow Card 38:00'
  • Andrew Williams Try 10:00'
  • James Lang Conversion 11:00'
  • Andrew Williams Try 30:00'
  • James Lang Conversion 31:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Merthyr RFC 26 118
2. Swansea 26 108
3. Bargoed RFC 26 97
4. RGC 1404 26 96
5. Pontypool RFC 26 94
6. Beddau RFC 26 52
7. Cardiff Met RFC 26 51

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