Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404
2016/2017 Principality Premiership
RGC 1404 35 v 10 Cardiff
19 November 2016 - Parc Erias, Colwyn Bay

Match Report

RGC1404 35 Cardiff 10

Cardiff were well beaten on their first trip to North Wales by an RGC side currently sitting in the top three of the League.

The home side started the game looking to bounce back following last week’s defeat at Cross Keys, and they showed their intent right from the start. When they had the ball they looked to attack at every opportunity, but the Blue & Black defence was up to the task for the first ten minutes. A penalty in the eleventh was push wide by outside half Jacob Botica, but he got his radar back a few minutes later to give RGC the lead. And he doubled that moments later when Cardiff were harshly penalised as a scrum went down.

Cardiff were being put under pressure from sweeping attacks from the home side and centre Tiaan Loots was causing a lot of problems. And it was Loots who got the game’s first try as a break by 7s wing Rhys Williams got behind Cardiff the final pass finding Loots who scored in the corner. Cardiff’s only reward, and the only one given in the half, was a penalty that Diggy Bird converted for an 11-3 deficit at half time.

The second half saw more of the same. RGC playing at pace, and with the Cardiff scrum being nullified by the whistle gaining any ball was difficult. The home side’s lineout was efficient and delivered ball and with Cardiff turning was little ball they had over it wasn’t a surprise when the next score went to the side from the North. Aron Evans this time the man on the end of a great break by Tom Hughes. The game was over as a contest mid-way through the second half, two tries, one by Rhys Williams and the other by Josh Leach, who had only been on the field a matter of seconds, wrapped up a bonus point for RGC.

Cardiff didn’t give up though and staunch defence was to prevent an even bigger score. The Blue & Blacks did get a consolation try with the best move of the game late on. Codey Rees and Paul King setting up space for Cameron Gibbon to score. Bird converted but that was to be the only reward of a tough day at the office for the Blue & Blacks.

Official : Dewi Phillips (Wales)

RGC 1404 Cardiff