Match Report: RGC 1404 21 – 30 Aberavon

by RGC

RGC ended the season with a disappointing defeat to Aberavon, and after a poor first half gave themselves a mountain to climb.

The Wizards opened the scoring with a Dan Edwards penalty, in an opening 15 minutes that failed to spark.

It soon became a 10 -Nil lead when Iwan Temblett crossed for the try with the boot of Edwards on target.

RGC went close when Danny Cross took the ball from the back of the lineout to set up Jordan Jones who went close.

The Gogs try came from fullback Afon Bagshaw on the 23rd minute with Dion Jones converting.

RGC were giving the visitors some easy ball with errors which meant they couldn’t continue the momentum.

Aberavon extended the lead with a Dan Edwards penalty.

The scoreboard ticked over with Cori Lewis-Jenkins running in for a try with Edwards hitting the conversion.

Dan Edwards tried his luck with a penalty from his own half and it sailed over to give his sides a 23-7 lead.

As half-time approached the visitors got their last points with a try and another Edwards conversion.

RGC picked up the energy in the second half and a number of the replacement made an impact.

Dafydd Williams ran in for a try on his debut after Sam Rogers set him up with a great looping pass. Rogers nudged the conversion over.

Aberavon were given a couple of yellow cards, which gave RGC an opportunity to attack the space.

The Gogs worked to the line with a few pick and goes, and Owain Evans came up with the try and Sam Rogers managed to kick the conversion.

It wasn’t enough in the end, but the second half performance shows what RGC are capable of and what is needed for next season.

RGC 1404 21 – 30 Aberavon

Aberavon Team:
Stef Andrews; Frankie Jones (rep Aled Rees 58 min), Chay Smith, Joe Thomas (capt), Cori Lewis-Jenkins; Dan Edwards (rep Aled Thomas 68 min), Iwan Temblett (rep Rhodri Cole 60 min); Rhys Fawcett (rep Rowan Jenkins 75 min), Luke Davies (rep Ieuan Davies 63 min), Geraint James (rep Chris Davies 54 min), Sam Williams, Rhodri Hughes, Ashton Evans, Andrew Waite, Iestyn Davies (rep Cameron Lewis 68 min).

Replacements not used:
Zak Fifield.

Cori Lewis-Jenkins & Dan Edwards appeared from the Ospreys; Iestyn Davies appeared from Tondu RFC; Zac Fifield appeared from Glamorgan Wanderers RFC.
Club debut for Iestyn Davies.

Aberavon Scorers:
T – Iwan Temblett, Cori Lewis-Jenkins, Chay Smith
C – Dan Edwards (3)
PG – Dan Edwards (3)

RGC 1404 Scorers:
T – Afon Bagshaw, Dafydd Williams, Owain Evans
C – Sam Rogers (2), Dion Jones

Steff Edwards

Man Of The Match:
1 – Dan Edwards
2 – Andrew Waite
3 – Iestyn Davies

Time Line:
07 min: Aberavon – PG – Dan Edwards (0 – 3)
15 min: Aberavon – T – Iwan Temblett & C – Dan Edwards (0 – 10)
23 min: RGC – T – Afon Bagshaw & C – Dion Jones (7 – 10)
26 min: Aberavon – PG – Dan Edwards (7 – 13)
28 min: Aberavon – T – Cori Lewis-Jenkins & C – Dan Edwards (7 – 20)
32 min: Aberavon – PG – Dan Edwards (7 – 23)
38 min: Aberavon – T – Chay Smith & C – Dan Edwards (7 – 30)
40 min: Half Time
56 min: Aberavon – Yellow Card – Andrew Waite
65 min: RGC – T – Dafydd Williams & C – Sam Rogers (14 – 30)
67 min: Aberavon – Yellow Card – Chay Smith
72 min: RGC – T – Owain Evans & C – Sam Rogers (21 – 30)
80 min: Full Time