RGC head coach Mark Jones criticised his side’s preparation as they fell to a 15-8 loss to Newport at Stadiwm Zip World.

The Gogs turned in a lacklustre display on both sides of the ball throughout their third loss on home soil this term, and the Principality Premiership side will look to get back to winning ways this Saturday when they travel to Carmarthen Quins (2.30pm).

Jones, said: “We showed a lack of quality the line-out, with poor decision making at half back. They on the other hand knew when to input pace and kick at the right times.

"We turned over the ball to easily, and we couldn’t have made many phases in their 22. I haven’t looked at the exact stats, but turnovers were through the roof.

"The players were caught out today, they didn’t prepare and it cost us. It could be similar conditions against Carmarthen next week and they will compete at the set piece.

"Our scrum is about the only thing I can say worked. We were low on energy, we didn't inject speed, so have a week to learn some lessons and learn them quickly.”

The home side got off to a bright start in dismal conditions and managed to notch the first try of the contest early on when winger Sam Jones continued his excellent start to the season with the touch down. Billy McBryde failed with the conversion attempt.

In a game littered with handling errors, things started to go in favour of the Amber and Blacks courtesy of a penalty try and subsequent yellow card for RGC star Robin Williams.

McBryde narrowly missed a penalty soon after following a series of infringements, with Matt O’Brien extending the visitors’ advantage after he was successful with his free-kick attempt.

The same player despatched his second penalty of the contest after the interval, and after McBryde struck back with three points the contest was sealed as winger Jonny Morris crossed the white wash after a sweeping team move that condemned the Gogs to defeat.