Winger Harri Evans was delighted to get his first try of the season, but also pointed out the defence work from the team in the win against Carmarthen Quins “Of course it was good to get the try, and to be fair it was a pretty easy one after Dion (Jones) passed it to me on the line. To nil them in the 2nd half was also a big positive and we have worked hard in training this week.
The intensity was ramped up Monday and Tuesday, and it helped us in the game today. The pushed us back onto the line a few times but credit to all the boys as we made sure they didn’t get over. We want to create a tough atmosphere at home, and Mark Jones has spoken about it being a fortress. We want the visiting teams to look at the fixtures knowing it will be a difficult place to come to week in week out."
The 3 RGC tries were the highlight of a game that didn’t really spark into life, but once again the RGC defence worked hard.
RGC opened the score with an early penalty from Dion Jones, before the Carmarthen Quins fly-half Daniel Jones did the same for the visitors.
Quins then controlled the play for 20 minutes as the camped in the RGC half and looked to find that gap in the Gogs defence. The game was paused for a period due to an injury to Alex Taylor which didn’t help the flow of the match.
RGC then lost the ball and as a result Quins stretched the field and when winger Ford kicked ahead from halfway he sprinted past Tiaan Loots to collect the ball and dab down for the try. Jones hit the extras.
Fly-half Jones missed a penalty opportunity but minutes later booted another kick over to make it a 10 point lead.
The visitors were more than happy to slow the game down, and also pinned RGC back with some tactical kicks getting behind the RGC backline.
RGC finally made some inroads with a good attack combination from Dion Jones, Rhys Williams and Tom Hughes before the centre was bundled into touch.
It was the pack who then impressed with a 30 yard drive that didn’t stop moving and it rumbled all the way to the line before being held up. It was a statement of intent against a strong Quins set piece and resulted in a penalty that was kicked by Jones.
Dion Jones was impressing with ball in hand, and collected numerous high balls in the 1st half as well, snuffing out any Quins attacks.
RGC took control of the abll, and the picked up their first try after Andrew Williams picked up the ball from the scrum and charged downfield before Alex Schwarz set up Rhys Williams to go over in the corner.
The pace picked up and with that RGC scored another superb score. Harri Evans collected the ball and made a side-step that left the Carmarthen Quins tacklers practically in the stands and darted over the half way line before Rhys Williams opened up the defence and Loots finished the try off.
It was more of the same when the 2nd half started, and probably the loudest cheer of the day came when Harri Evans got his first try of the season. Loots and Schwarz made a huge break before the ball was shifted wide for the centre to go over.
Dion Jones added the conversion and a penalty for a successful afternoon with the boot.
For much of the second half RGC were working without the ball, and the Quins tested the whitewash on a number of occasions but the RGC line stood strong.
The Carmarthen set piece is one of the strongest in the league, but it was unable to breach the RGC line. At one point they had 10 minutes of ball and territory but the home side defended with all they had.
Tim Grey, Tiaan Loots and Dion Jones gave RGC some attacking outlets to ease the pressure, but the biggest positive was the defence work and the fact the Quins were unable to get any points in the 2nd half
Updated 23:14 - 30 Sep 2017 by Gary Williams