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Rugby: Six Academy graduates help RGC to final day win at Bargoed

Rugby: Six Academy graduates help RGC to final day win at Bargoed

Photo: Liz Bryan

A host of former Rugby Academy stars at Rydal Penrhos helped RGC to finish their Principality Premiership campaign in style.

No fewer than six former pupils were part of the Gogs’ side that secured a 35-31 victory at Bargoed to conclude another hugely successful top-flight campaign that saw them eventually finish in fourth spot.

Full-back Dion Jones and Danny Cross started the contest, with Mei Parry, Joe Simpson, Efan Jones and Dan Owen making an impact from the bench.

The visitors made a bright start and took a commanding lead early on when Alex Schwartz and Jones dotted over for tries in the opening exchanges, with Jacob Botica drilling both conversion attempts.

This was met by a pair of Bargoed scores despite being down to 14-men soon after, and things got even better for the hosts soon after when they crossed the white wash twice more give them the lead for the first time.

A physical encounter saw RGC claw their way back into the contest immediately following the restart when Tim Grey surged over, and the Gogs re-took the lead when Botica marked his last game with a superb individual try. The New Zealander also added both conversions to give them a four-point cushion.

The rampant away side were now displaying the sort of free-flowing rugby that has been the cornerstone of their success under Jones, and forward Parry was the next to go over after impressive approach play from Dion Jones and Botica, who continued his fine afternoon by adding the extras.

More pressure from the hosts ensured a nervy end to proceedings when they touched down in the closing stages, but the Gogs’ held firm to secure the spoils from another thrilling clash.

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