RGC1404 24 Cardiff 40

Cardiff win in style as they start the defence of the National Cup at RGC.

Cardiff began their defence of the National Cup with a trip to RGC. With kick off delayed the visiting fans were able to watch the wind turbines down the distal end of the ground. There were no puffins or wombles to be seen but plenty of entertaining running rugby on the horizon. It was the sort of game that would have suited Will Rees-Hole perfectly. 

Cardiff started strong and turned the early pressure into points thanks to trys from Jack Brooks and Morgan Allen. Both were converted by Gareth Thompson. With Cardiff up 14-0, RGC began to play some good rugby and brought the game back to 14-14 after 35 minutes with trys by Will Bryan and Afon Bagshaw. Minutes later, Leon Andrews crossed the line to regain the lead for Cardiff and Morgan Allen extended the lead with a move straight out of Strictly Come Dancing. With half time approaching, Callum Bradbury was yellow carded deep in the Cardiff half and RGC made the most of the man overlap to allow Rhys Tudor to score a late try. Half time score RGC 19 – 26 Cardiff. 

The second half was a slower affair with just 3 Cardiff penalties being converted, by Gareth Thompson, in the first 30 minutes of the half. RGC had several chances to claw back some points but opted for a scrum. Cardiff’s scrum was beginning to click and they managed to turn the RGC scrum into a Cardiff penalty to clear their lines. RGC put a few good moves together to allow Robin Williams to score a try but it looked like that would be the final points of the game. Until, Barney Nightingale scored with the last play of the game to secure the win for Cardiff. Final Score RGC 24 – 40 Cardiff. It was back to the clubhouse to celebrate a win and birthdays for Sam Pailor and Laura Whittle with a Curly the Caterpillar cake. 

The next round of the cup is the weekend of the 9th November.

 

Post match Interviews.

Iestyn Williams

Jack Brooks

Morgan Allen

Hugh Campbell

Ian Davies

Ian Davies

I'm a regular attendee at home and away games for Cardiff RFC and a volunteer helper with the Cardiff RFC media group so can often be seen on match days with a phone in my hand updating the Cardiff RFC social media or the website. I'm also a committee member for the Supporters Club so have likely come up to you on match days asking you to "guess the score".

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Cardiff 14 12 0 2 337 211 55
Carmarthen Quins 13 9 1 3 319 229 45
Aberavon 13 9 0 4 293 223 43
Merthyr 15 8 0 7 316 311 41
Pontypridd 15 8 0 7 328 315 38
RGC 1404 14 7 0 7 352 322 36
Llandovery 12 6 2 4 271 225 35
Swansea 12 5 0 7 189 214 25
Newport 12 4 0 8 240 263 25
Llanelli 13 5 0 8 251 343 23
Ebbw Vale 14 3 1 10 254 308 21
Bridgend Ravens 15 3 0 12 228 414 17