Neath 18 - RGC 31

Win at the Gnoll

RGC claimed a hard fought Bonus Point win on the road against Neath. The homeside were unbeaten going into the game and performed like a form side in the 1st half.

Apart from the RGC try, from a great Cam Davies run and Tiaan Loots touchdown the visitors didn’t have much to shout about. Howley had given Neath the lead with a penalty before RGC got the try but the All Blacks had the better territory and possession and used the ball well. It was no surprise when Neath scored from a Phillips try. RGC could not get into the game and the set piece was not firing at all.

Neath were moving the ball well and when it went wide Kieran Williams ran through the gap to claim the try. Howley missed his 2nd conversion attempt, and as well as a long range penalty attempt that went short, those points would prove costly as the half went on.

Richard Williams was next to cause some problems after RGC lost the ball and the winger raced down the field on the break, before RGC scrambled a defence to clear the danger. It was a frustrating watch from the touchline and as halftime approached RGC worked up the field for really only the 2nd time in the game. The line-out worked, the maul was formed and the pack did the rest with Hooker George Roberts getting the try in his first start.

Botica nailed the conversion and RGC went into the dressing room 14-13 up, and would have felt like they had got off the hook.

If the 1st half was about RGC’s poor set piece, lack of possession and not enough territory then 2nd half was the complete reverse. The game restarted as the heavens opened and RGC kicked from hand a lot more to test Neath in the wet conditions. A few niggles broke out between both sets of players as the game heated up. It was a testing time around the breakdown and the physicality of the game was telling. Neath had to make a number of changes due to injuries earlier than they would have wanted, so when RGC emptied the bench the pack began to win the arm wrestle.

Loots and Hughes were making some good yards with ball in hand and both never stopped running for the whole game, especially as much of the play was through the middle of the field.

The visitors were controlling the game and pushing forward for the score. It was the pack that was responsible for both tries with Tim Grey and Henri Williams coming up with the ball and the pats on the back.

The boot of Botica was in range again hitting 2 conversions and a penalty to edge RGC to 31 points With the game being stretched a bit more, Dion Jones and Harri Evans showed some great attacking pace with a 40 yard break before the ball ended up in touch. Credit to Neath as they continued to run the ball when they had the chance and that endeavour got them a try near the end with James Roberts scoring but it was no more than consolation for the All Blacks. Captain Maredydd Francis feels his side is gaining momentum after the win “At half-time we talked about the set piece and how we needed to improve, and to be fair we stamped our authority in the pack after the break.” The skipper was making his 1st start of the season “We have done a lot of work with Gaz Whittaker (strength and conditioner) and we can see the results in the latter stages of the game. We have another challenge next week against Aberavon, but we have some momentum with 2 wins now”

with us

Twitter Logo Tweets

This site uses cookies to store information on your computer. See our Cookie Policy for further details on how to block cookies.
I am happy with this


What is a Cookie

A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is a piece of data stored by a website within a browser, and then subsequently sent back to the same website by the browser. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember things that a browser had done there in the past, which can include having clicked particular buttons, logging in, or having read pages on that site months or years ago.

NOTE : It does not know who you are or look at any of your personal files on your computer.

Why we use them

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, your computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you donโ€™t need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and thereโ€™s enough capacity to ensure they are fast
  • analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with our website so we can make them better

You can manage these small files and learn more about them from the article, Internet Browser cookies- what they are and how to manage them

Learn how to remove cookies set on your device

There are two types of cookie you may encounter when using our site :

First party cookies

These are our own cookies, controlled by us and used to provide information about usage of our site.

We use cookies in several places โ€“ weโ€™ve listed each of them below with more details about why we use them and how long they will last.

Third party cookies

These are cookies found in other companiesโ€™ internet tools which we are using to enhance our site, for example Facebook or Twitter have their own cookies, which are controlled by them.

We do not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the third party websites for more information about these.

Log files

Log files allow us to record visitorsโ€™ use of the site. The CMS puts together log file information from all our visitors, which we use to make improvements to the layout of the site and to the information in it, based on the way that visitors move around it. Log files do not contain any personal information about you. If you receive the HTML-formatted version of a newsletter, your opening of the newsletter email is notified to us and saved. Your clicks on links in the newsletter are also saved. These and the open statistics are used in aggregate form to give us an indication of the popularity of the content and to help us make decisions about future content and formatting.