RGC maintain strong start


Aaron Haley

RGC continued their encouraging start to the season with a hard-earned 23-16 victory away at Merthyr.

A much tougher prospect than last week’s hosts Gilfach Goch, Chris Horsman’s young side showed what they were made of in a physical encounter, with the RGC coach paying tribute to his forward line after the match.

“Merthyr is not an easy place to come away from with a victory and the fact that we have been able to grind one out bodes really well for the future,” he said.

“Last week it was the backs who were the stars of the show but this week it was the forwards who got us the win.

“It was a big physical Merthyr pack and the fact that the likes of Mareddyd Francis, Aaron Gwyn and Tom Parry, none of whom are yet 20 were able to compete with them on equal terms says an awful lot about them as players.”

The reliable boot of Rhodri Carlton-Jones kicked RGC’s opening points from a penalty, and after Merthyr drew level inside centre Mike Jones touched down the first try following the game’s first piece of flowing rugby.

Carlton-Jones added the extras as well as another penalty three minutes from the break as RGC went in 13-6 ahead.

A wonderful converted try from Carlton-Jones, in which he side-stepped two defenders before touching down under the posts, stretched the lead, and though Merthyr took advantage of Andy Baston’s time in the sin-bin with a try of their own, a third penalty kept RGC in the clear.

Captain Kelvin Davies was also binned, letting Merthyr in for another try, but it was not enough to deny RGC another win.

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