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Rugby: Former Academy stars help RGC to biggest ever Principality Premiership win

Rugby: Former Academy stars help RGC to biggest ever Principality Premiership win

Photo: Tony Bale

A number of former Rydal Penrhos pupils helped RGC to the biggest Principality Premiership victory in their history.

No fewer than five ex-Rugby Academy players contributed significantly to the Gogs’ 66-3 triumph over Neath, with Joe Simpson, Efan Jones, Danny Cross, Dion Jones and Dan Owen all shining in-front of the Stadiwm Zip World crowd.

Both sides found it difficult in the early stages, but the Gogs managed to get their noses in-front on seven minutes when Cross despatched a penalty.

This provoked Mark Jones’ men into life and they notched their first try of the contest on 33 minutes when Owen rounded off an impressive team move to cross the white wash. Cross added the extras.

There was further cause for celebration when Robin Williams touched down after a surging run from Tim Grey on 35 minutes, with Cross once again firing over the conversion.

After the break saw the All Blacks get their first points on the board courtesy of an Ed Howley penalty on 47 minutes, but the Gogs immediately resumed their dominance and sealed the points on 59 minutes when Andrew Williams crashed over under the posts, with Jacob Botica adding the extras.

Photo: Tony Bale

Another outstanding break saw former Wales U18 international and 2017 leaver Owen notch his second of the clash on 74 minutes, and a rampant spell brought another score on 75 when Harri Evans went over thanks to a blistering run from Tiaan Loots. Botica successfully kicked both conversions.

Jones put the exclamation point on proceedings after fine approach play from Evans on 76 minutes for the hosts, and there was still time for more tries from Tom Hughes, Afon Bagshaw and Jones in the closing stages.

Botica fired over all four extra point attempts to round off a sensational day at the office for the home side in what was their biggest victory in recent memory.

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