By: Paul Hopkins
An outstanding defensive effort by the All Whites helped them to a 16-12 win in atrocious weather conditions in North Wales, as the home side crucially lost the ball forward over the line on the last play of the match.
With the elements at their back, Swansea dominated first half territory and possession, and were helped by countless handling errors by the home side.
The Whites took the lead when fly half Ian Brooks made a break up to the twenty-two, before RGC were penalised for a high tackle on number eight Jon Vaughan. Brooks kicked the three points.
Offside at the breakdown gave Swansea another penalty, but this time they opted for a scrum just a couple of metres from the line. The visitors kept hold of the ball and went through a few phases, before Brooks sent a clever flip pass to centre Jedd Evans to send him clear for a try under the posts. Brooks converted.
RGC prop Joe Simpson was penalised for turning in at a scrum, but Brooks’ effort at goal sailed well wide of the posts.
Simpson did the same at the next scrum and was this time punished by the boot of Brooks, who kicked his side into a 13 point lead.
The fly half could have extended his side’s lead further after 37 minutes when the home side were penalised for holding onto the ball after the tackle, but he missed his effort at goal.
RGC embarked on their first major attack of the half inside injury time when number eight Huw Worthington picked up the ball at the base of the scrum and came within a metre of scoring. A huge fight then ensued with Swansea hooker Ricky Guest and RGC centre Tiaan Loots both handed yellow cards.
Half-time:- RGC 1404 0 Swansea 13
It was a perfect start to the second half by the North Wales side when the pack rumbled towards the Swansea line, forcing the defence offside. Fly half James Lang kicked for touch, and the forwards kept their patience, before sending winger Carwyn Ap Myrddin over for a try at the corner. Lang converted.
When Lang found touch in the corner from a penalty, a routine lineout resulted in scrum half Cam Davies racing around the blindside to score his side’s second try. Lang missed the conversion.
The All Whites looked to have hit back after an RGC move broke down in midfield, with Brooks hacking forward, but the defence managed to track back and force a scrum five to the visitors.
Brooks gave his side more breathing space with a penalty goal after the home defence crept offside in midfield.
Deep into injury time RGC battered the Swansea line to no avail as they lost possession forward to hand the visitors a hard fought victory.
Next up for RGC is a home match against Newbridge, while Swansea travel to Cardiff Met.
Full time:- RGC 1404 12 Swansea 16
RGC 1404 scorers:
Tries:- Carwyn Ap Myrddin (48), Cam Davies (58)
Cons:- James Lang (49)
Y cards:- Tiaan Loots (40+4)
Tries:- Jedd Evans (21)
Cons:- Ian Brooks (22)
Pens:- Ian Brooks (16, 31, 80+1)
Y cards:- Ricky Guest (40+4)
Venue:- Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay
Referee:- Neil Hennessy
Weather:- Heavy rain, 11C
Man of the match:- Ian Brooks
RGC 1404 team:
15 Afon Bagshaw
14 Sam Jones (rep: Josh Leach 65)
13 Danny Cross
12 Tiaan Loots
11 Carwyn Ap Myrddin
10 James Lang
9 Cam Davies
1 Joe Simpson (rep: Leon Crump 59)
2 Tim Grey
3 Tom Hughes (rep: Luke Williams 79)
4 Mareddyd Francis
5 Sean Lonsdale (rep: Zygimantas Radzuis 59)
6 Kelvin Davies
7 Meilir Parry
8 Huw Worthington
16 Leon Crump
17 Luke Williams
18 Zygimantas Radzuis
19 Will Bryan
20 Josh Leach
15 Josh Flye
14 Andrew Claypole
13 Jedd Evans
12 David Watts (rep: Liam Popham 63)
11 Tom Williams
10 Ian Brooks
9 Scott Maynard (rep: Matthew Aubrey 65)
1 Dan Kenny (rep: Neil White 75)
2 Ricky Guest
3 Ryan Thomas
4 Mitchell Walsh
5 Rhodri Hughes
6 Jack Perkins (rep: Jon Fox 71)
7 Mike Sully
8 Jon Vaughan
16 Ollie Young
17 Neil White
18 Jon Fox
19 Matthew Aubrey
20 Liam Popham