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Cardiff 25 RGC 19: Visitors lose their way in second-half poor show

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Despite leading 12-7 at half time RGC ended up losers on a ground where they won 64-21 last season.

Cardiff put in a strong second half performance to clinch their sixth victory in a row, with the visitors’ mistakes being punished on the scoreboard as the home side notched 18 points in the second period.

It was the hosts that opened the scoring when centre Will Rees-Hole went over for the try. Steffan Jones added the extras.

From the point RGC piled on the pressure, building some good phases and working the ball well to the line. At key points, however, their accuracy let them down, with some loose passes and turnovers.

Rhys Williams and Beau Williams were making good yards with ball in hand, and it was proving to be a physical battle with some energy-zapping tackles from Cardiff.

The set piece from the North Walians was working well, with the line-out posing a threat on a number of occasions. Cardiff’s penalty count was rising and it was no surprise RGC were going for touch looking for the maul attacks.

It was from a set piece lineout that the visitors got back in the game, with Evan Yardley touching down after a good drive from the pack. Billy McBryde hit the conversion off the post to tie the scores.

The score was no more than what the Gogs deserved, and the pressure continued on Cardiff.

Rhys Williams came off with an injury, and the back-line shifted around with Aron Evans coming on to play on the wing. And it was the substitute speedster that scored an outstanding try to give his side the lead. Evans took the ball in his own half and hugged the touchline to race down the field, dancing over tackles to cross the line. That ensured the Travellers were ahead at the break.


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Cardiff started the second half brightly, and combined with some poor exit ball from RGC the home side levelled with a try from Adam Jones, who forced his way over wide out from close range.

The errors from RGC continued and Steffan Jones hit a penalty to give his side the lead.

RGC then broke well down the field with some quick passes but it ended with a Sam Jones knock-on when the line was in sight.

Cardiff’s scrum was doing some damage, giving the hosts had a platform to build attacks.

Try number three for the Blue and Blacks came when they drove over with Joe Tomlinson coming up with the ball. Steff Jones nudged the conversion over for 22-12.

When RGC did manage to get back into the game, they used the driving maul but like other occasions Cardiff came away with the turnover ball.

The assured boot of Jones extended the lead for Cardiff before Aron Evans claimed a late try to give his side some hope of a late comeback, but the damage from earlier in the half was done and the home side celebrated the win.

Premiership results

Bedwas 5 Aberavon 19; Cardiff 25 RGC 19; Carmarthen Quins 41 Neath 14; Cross Keys 5 Llanelli 5; Llandovery 15 Ebbw Vale 9; Merthyr 20 Pontypridd 14; Newport 9 Swansea 3.


Source : DailyPost

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