Drovers Disappointment



RGC were left disappointed in both the score and performance in the opening game of the season.

They got the 1st points on the board with a Jacob Botica penalty after 3 minutes and looked lively in attack for a spell, but when Llandovery got into the game RGC struggled to stop the flow of attacks.

The boot of Jack Maynard played a big part in the game and he got the Drovers 1st score with a penalty.

It was a tale of miss tackles, slow defence for RGC and many line-breaks for the Drovers. When the north Walians did get the ball they gave it back soon after with some poor decisions.

Maynard hit the post with another penalty, but if that was a let off for RGC then they were soon to be tested again.

The Llandovery pack put the squeeze on RGC and after a couple of driving mauls they were given a penalty try. To make things worse Tiaan Loots was given a yellow card.

RGC were not helping themselves with some in game choices, and try number 2 came after the Drover collected a Dion Jones high kick and they pitch opened up for Lee Rees to touch down. Maynard added the extras.

Botica then took the opportunity to kick a penalty from halfway, when perhaps a kick to touch and keep the ball was a better option.

As the half came to a close RGC were unlucky with the break of the ball after a good Loots tackle ended up with a knock on, when it looked like he could have collected for a breakaway try.

As expected RGC came out from the restart fired up, and they did more in attack in that opening 5 minutes than they did in the whole of the first half. With the ball spun wide Alex Taylor went over for the try, with Botica hitting the conversion. Evan Yardley made a couple of breaks to get the travelling support something to shout about, and for a period RGC looked good to get back into the match.

RGC were creating chances with Harri Evans, Tom Hughes and Aron Evans all making some impact with ball in hand. If opportunities were being created they were not taken, with a few miss passes and wrong options at key times.

The scrum starting to do some damage and scrum-half Efan Jones was held up on the line. The momentum was beginning to edge towards RGC.

Drovers were then reduced to 14 men after scuffle and Mathew Moore was red carded for a head-butt.

RGC continued to give the ball away cheaply and in turn Llandovery were able to clear their line and ease any pressure.

The next score was always going to be a crucial one, and it was a sucker blow to RGC. Botica looped a pass to Tiaan Loots but he couldn’t collect it and Aaron Warren took full advantage. The winger ran in from the halfway line before Maynard hit another conversion.

RGC Assistant Coach Phil John knew the side failed to reach anywhere near the levels of last season “We were inaccurate in many things, the set piece was one of them. We looked sluggish in the 1st half before increasing the pace in the 2nd half. We had a few chance and failed to take advantage of them, which was another disappointment. We have plenty more games to come, so this week we will work on improving the basics.”

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