Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404
2016/2017 Principality Premiership
RGC 1404 23 v 23 Llanelli
05 November 2016 - Parc Erias, Colwyn Bay
Llanelli

Match Report

Draw game at Parc Eirias

The Gogs, who had won six of their previous seven games, were trailing until the latter stages before a try from Tim Grey converted by Jacob Botica earned them a share of the spoils.

“It reflects the hard work we do in training that we are an 80-minute team that plays till the end,” added Williams.

“On the face of things it was probably a fair outcome. From a personal point of view I was quite pleased with my performance but I didn’t feel we played as well as we can at times.

“Ill-discipline cost us in the first half when we gave away four penalties and apart from the one try they scored from a charge-down I didn’t feel they offered that much in attack..

“We didn’t create as much as we have been in other games either and at times we didn’t keep hold of the ball well enough.”

It was also a momentous day for RGC head coach Mark Jones, a former player, captain and coach of Llanelli.

Billy McBryde, son of Bangor-born former Wales hooker Robin, turned out for Llanelli and kicked his side into an early lead.

Botica responded with a penalty before Wales Under-20 star McBryde split the posts again.

In the 15th minute RGC registered the first try of the game when Alex Schwarz slipped the ball to Botica, who sold a superb dummy which allowed him to cut through the visitors’ defence for a try.

McBryde put a third penalty between the sticks to nudge Llanelli back ahead.

The Gogs had two tries disallowed - one against Aron Evans seemed particularly unjust - before the hosts were awarded a penalty which Botica put over successfully, but a fourth McBryde three-pointer made it 12-11 to Llanelli at the interval.

The visitors started the second half strongly and winger Ryan Conbeer charged down an attempted clearance kick by Botice before touching down.

McBryde then dropped a brilliant long-range left-footed goal to give the travellers a 20-11 lead.

RGC rallied and a great break saw centre Tiaan Loots launch a dynamic run before passing inside to Tom Hughes who enabled the supporting Botica to ground in the corner.

McBryde’s sixth successful kick put Llanelli 23-16 to the good and entering the last five minutes things were looking dicey for the home side.

The visitors pushed hard to clinch it, but RGC defended well and then with the hosts close to the Llanelli line Schwarz passed to lock Grey who dived over just wide of the posts.

Botica added the extras to make it all square and boost his personal total to 18 points.

RGC 23-23 Llanelli RFC

Courtesy of Dail Post

 

Official : Sam Grove-White (Scotland)

RGC 1404 Llanelli
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