Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404
2015/2016 SWALEC Championship
RGC 1404 12 v 16 Swansea
05 December 2015 - Parc Erias, Colwyn Bay
Swansea

Match Report

RGC 1404 12 Swansea 16

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)

 

Swansea scorers:

 

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

Attendance:-   800

 

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

 

Replacements:

 

16 Leon Crump

17 Luke Williams

18 Zygimantas Radzuis

19 Will Bryan

20 Josh Leach

 

Swansea team:

 

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

 

Replacements:

 

16 Ollie Young

17 Neil White

18 Jon Fox

19 Matthew Aubrey

20 Liam Popham

 

Attendance: 800

Official : Neil Hennessy (Wales)

RGC 1404 Swansea
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