AFTER more than 70 hours on the road, RGC1404 finally kicked off their home campaign on Saturday, and celebrated in front of a 1,600 strong Eirias Park crowd with a 37-16 win over Rumney.
The comprehensive victory moved the North Wales squad back into third spot in the League Two East table.
The visitors opened the scoring with a drop goal from fly half Dean Clarke, but Llywarch Ap Myrddin got the first of five tries by outpacing the Rumney defence from the half way line after good work from Harri Evans. Rhodri Carlton-Jones converted.
Another Clarke penalty arrived, but Llandudno man Kelvin Davies added another RGC score after a powerful pack drive from a line out, with Carlton-Jones again converting, followed by a penalty after a break from Davies and Iola Evans was halted by an offside Rumney rearguard.
In the second half, Carlton-Jones almost added a try to his tally for the day, only to knock-on just before crossing over, and a Rumney try got them back within touching distance at 17-11.
More chances came and went as RGC continued to dominate, and with 20 minutes to go man of the match Richard Hopkins, who had been threatening throughout from the wing, restored his side’s superiority.
A 60 yard break from Andrew Williams got the Eirias crowd on their feet, only to be halted with a tap tackle, but soon after some great work from the RGC backs saw a fast ball released to fullback Llywarch Ap Myrddin for a try in the corner.
RGC were caught cold with a kick into the corner to give Rumney their final score of the day, but a couple of penalty kicks from Mitchell McGahan put the result beyond doubt.
1404 are back in action on November 3 away to table toppers Ystrad Rhondda, and the club are looking into running a supporters coach to the Division One East league leaders.