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Rugby: Former Academy star Joe Simpson marks 150th RGC appearance with Newport win

Rugby: Former Academy star Joe Simpson marks 150th RGC appearance with Newport win

Former Rugby Academy star Joe Simpson marked his 150th game for RGC 1404 in fine style with a 35-17 win over Newport at Cardiff Arms Park.

The 2012 graduate started the WRU National Cup contest and turned in another powerful display for the Gogs, with scrum-half Efan Jones, Dion Jones, Danny Cross and Mei Parry also involved in the contest.

There was a familiar face on the opposite field, with ex-Head Boy Adam Sabri making his first start of the season for the Black and Ambers.

The visitors wasted no time in making an impact on proceedings and they went ahead early on when scrum-half Efan Jones continued his exceptional recent form with the first touch down of the contest. Billy McBryde added the extras.

Tom Hughes, Danny Cross and McBryde all went close to adding to their tally soon after as the pressure continued to build on the hosts, and the fly-half despatched a penalty to make it a ten-point cushion following an infringement.

Sabri looked lively and posed plenty of problems throughout, but it was the Gogs who pulled further clear and this time it was Harri Evans who was the beneficiary of a fine passing move to go over in the corner.

This was swiftly followed by yet another score when Evans dotted over for his second of the evening after good work from Dion Jones and Mei Parry, and things got even better immediately following the restart when Hughes penetrated the Port rearguard to score. McBryde despatched one of the conversion attempts.

The Black and Ambers finally got on the score board when Geraint O’Driscoll dotted over after a good spell of phases, with Hadyn Simmons adding the extras, but the Gogs’ restored their commanding cushion shortly after the break when another Hughes break presented an easy chance for Iolo Evans to cross the line.

They managed another consolation late on when Dan Preece touched down, but it was too late to impact the overall outcome.

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