Fixture

Swansea RFC | 1st Team 16 - 16 RGC1404 | 1st Team
Morgan Morris
Try 1
Owen Howe
Conversion 1
Penalty 3
Thomas Hughes
2 Try
Jacob Nikkola Kenny Botica
2 Penalty

Match Report
23 September 2017 / Team News

All Whites All Square

St Helens Ground has some past history for RGC and last minute drama, as 2 seasons ago the All Whites clinched a dramatic win in the Championship.

RGC may not have lost in this occasion but the penalty at the death from Swansea to tie the match was another to add to the list.

The home side were reduced to 14 men after 5 minutes when hooker Ashleigh James was given a red card.

Assistant Coach Phil John thought the side gave the ball away far too much even with the extra man on the pitch “We didn’t keep possession of the ball, and I also felt we lacked urgency. Really we didn’t use our extra man advantage because we didn’t actually hold onto the ball. Our performance levels were not where they needed to be, and it summed it up at the end. We got turned over at the line-out and 2 phases later they got the penalty.  We will be looking to tighten up an all aspects this week as a group, and individually players will have to look at the details of the game, as a lot is needed this week in training”

With the man advantage Tom Hughes crossed the line for the try, but as the half progressed the All Whites began to camp in the RGC 22 meter line. Just before halftime Morgan Morris went over for the score as the pressure told and an Owen Howe conversion gave Swansea a 7-5 lead at the break.

The 14 men of Swansea edged even further ahead when Howe knocked over a couple of penalties, but RGC hit back with another try from Centre Hughes.  Dion Jones and Cam Davies played a part in the score with some good attacking play. Botica was unable to convert.

Botica got his aim in, when he kicked a penalty to make it all even on the scoreboard the fly half gave RGC the lead on the 78th minute with another penalty.

Rugby is an 80 minute game, and the visitors paid the price for a poor lineout and the clock ticked down.  Swansea were awarded the penalty and the calm boot of Howe kicked the 3 points and squared the score on the whistle.

After the game Andrew Williams gave his thoughts “As a group we are very disappointed with our performance. Our attitude wasn’t where it should have been and it ultimately ended up costing us. We could have managed the game better. Credit to Swansea for digging in and they could have won the game in fairness. 

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