The following Match Preview is courtesy of Gary Williams - NWRU Website.
RGC U18’s v Scarlets U18’s Match Preview
This Sunday RGC u18’s play their second home game in succession when they take on the Scarlets u18’s at Parc Eirias, kick off 1:30pm.
The young Gogs have made two changes and one positional change to the side that lost 45-0 to Cardiff Blues last week while there are 3 new faces on the bench.
Rhuthun prop Dan Owen makes his first start of the campaign in place of the injured Sam Hughes whilst his Rhuthun and Coleg Llandrillo teammate Wil Jones starts in the back row in place of COBRA’s Dan Owen who drops down to the bench. Denbigh players Ben Jackson and Conor Hinchcliffe along with Bala’s Garen Davies come onto the bench for the first time this campaign whilst the one positional change sees Oswestry’s Tom Hill and Denbigh’s Josh Morris swap positions, with Tom moving to full back and Josh moving into the centre.
Rhuthun, Rhyl and Denbigh provide the most players to the squad with three a piece however, a further eleven clubs from across North and Mid Wales have supplied at least one player each to the squad.
Despite the heavy loss to Cardiff Blues, there were some positives to come out of the game as backs Coach Carl Roberts explains: “In the first half we defended really well and held firm against a very strong Cardiff Blues team which meant we were very much still in the game at half time with the score at just 10-0. There were times throughout the game where we did play some good rugby and we weren’t as bad as what the score line suggested. The boys were bitterly disappointed with the result but there is no need to panic as we are not a bad side. We now need to pick ourselves up and learn from our mistakes.”
Forwards Coach Medwyn Vaughan was also keen to stress that things weren’t as bad as what some might think seeing that sort of score: “We knew Cardiff Blues would use their big forwards to make yardage but our boys more than matched them up front and even pushed them backwards at times, so much so that as the game went on, Cardiff Blues decided to spread the ball along the line more in order to avoid a forwards battle”.
The Scarlets come to Parc Eirias with an unbeaten record in this campaign having beaten the Ospreys 17-13 and Newport Gwent Dragons 21-13 at Parc y Scarlets, whilst they beat Cardiff Blues 16-20 at the Arms Park. The Scarlets also beat the young Gogs 52-19 in a pre-season friendly at Llanidloes last August.
Despite the pre-season defeat, Medwyn Vaughan is again looking ahead to the battle up front: “Considering we’d only been training for a couple of weeks, we contested ferociously at the breakdown which made it difficult for their forwards. We showed a lot of strength that day too as we pushed them back over their line which enabled us to score and it was our determination at the breakdown which saw us turn over their ball which lead to us scoring another try”
Last week’s game saw a large and vocal crowd turn up at Eirias to support the boys and this is something Manager Dafydd Phillips would like to see repeated this week
“We appealed last week to RGC supporters, and rugby fans in general, to come along and watch the future players of RGC and Cardiff Blues play a game of rugby. Seeing a large crowd at the game meant a lot to the boys and I hope the atmosphere that was generated here last week can be repeated again on Sunday, so again I urge the fans to come along and this time watch not just the future players of RGC but also the future players of the Scarlets. With the brand of rugby that both ourselves and the Scarlets play, I’m sure we’ll see an entertaining game on Sunday whilst the support will spur the players on as we strive for that first win.
RGC U18’s would like to thank all the staff at Eirias for their work in preparing the ground and facilities for Sunday’s match along with welcoming Scarlets management, coaches, players and supporters to Parc Eirias.
RGC u18’s team to play Scarlets u18’s at Parc Eirias, 24/01/2016, k.o. 1:30pm
1) Dan Owen - Rhuthun RFC/Coleg Llandrillo
Updated 16:39 - 23 Jan 2016 by Sam Jones
2) George Roberts - Wrexham RFC/Coleg Llandrillo
3) Sam Wainwright - Rhyl RFC/Coleg Llandrillo
4) Daniel Evans - Dolgellau RFC/Rydal Penrhos
5) Robin Williams - Caernarfon RFC/Coleg Llandrillo
6) Wil Jones - Rhuthun RFC/Ysgol Brynhyfryd
7) Liam Hayes - Rhyl RFC/Coleg Llandrillo
8) Tom Yates - Rhyl RFC/Coleg Llandrillo
9) Jacob Collin - Mold RFC/Coleg Llandrillo
10) Armani Roberts - Wrexham RFC/Coleg Llandrillo
11) Tyler Bridges - Mold RFC/Coleg Llandrillo
12) Josh Jones - Newtown RFC/Rydal Penrhos
13) Josh Morris - Clwb Rygbi Dinbych/Coleg Llandrillo
14) Adam Sabri - Rhuthun RFC/Rydal Penrhos
15) Tom Hill - Oswestry RFC/Kings School Chester
16) Ben Jackson - Clwb Rygbi Dinbych/Coleg Llandrillo
17) Garen Davies - Bala RFC/Coleg Llandrillo
18) Connor Hinchcliffe - Clwb Rygbi Dinbych/Coleg Llandrillo
19) Dan Owen - COBRA RFC/Rydal Penrhos
20) Iago Davies - Bethesda RFC/Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen
21) Nicholas Dundee - Bangor RFC/Rydal Penrhos
22) Henri Roberts - Dolgellau RFC/Coleg Llandrillo
23) Euan Humphreys - Colwyn Bay RFC/Rydal Penrhos