RGC unbeaten run comes to an end


Aaron Haley

RGC 1404’s unbeaten run came to an end at the weekend in a 16-8 defeat to Treorchy, as they look towards their first home game of the season on Saturday.

The North Wales squad, who had won their opening five matches of the season, lost out, and lie in third place, behind Rhydyfelin and Ystrad Rhondda RFC, who all have 23 points

Coach Chris Horsman remained upbeat about his side’s bright start to the season, and vowed to make amends against Rumney at Eirias Park this weekend.

“Of course I am bitterly disappointed but fair play to Treorchy for winning today. It is no means the end of the world as we have won 5 out of 6 away games away from home.

“We were the architects of our own downfall in the game but hats off the home team. We are a young squad and we will learn from this and move on to our first home match of the season next week against Rumney.”

After a bright start, the reliable Rhodri Carlton-Jones put RGC ahead with a penalty, but steadily building pressure from the hosts finally paid off on 24 minutes when a flowing move saw them finally burst through the 1404 ranks.

A penalty in front of the posts stretched the lead, but a superb individual try from Llywarch Ap Myrddin, who broke 75 yars with an electrifying weaving run brought RGC back into the match at 10-8.

Another penalty again extended Treorchy’s lead before the break, but RGC stated their intentions early in the second half when Andy Baston beat the home back-line before offloading to Carlton-Jones, who was held up on the line.

Treorchy put over another penalty to open up a crucial eight point gap, and the home side saw off a tense final ten minutes, despite a yellow card for their captain, to take the first points off RGC this season, who will be looking to make amends in Saturday’s 5.30pm kick-off.

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