RGC 32 ABERAVON 23
(by Wales Online)

The Wizards began the game in dominant fashion and their pressure finally told when referee Gwyn Morris awarded a penalty try after a strong spell on the RGC line, before two penalties from Jacob Botica closed the gap.

Former Rydal Penrhos Rugby Academy star Dan Owen powered over for his first senior try on 36 minutes to put the hosts in the ascendancy, and an Andrew Williams touch down shortly before the break gave the Gogs a commanding lead at the interval.

After the break saw the visitors come out with a renewed sense of purpose and they found a route back into the contest through a Ben Thomas try, and things got even better soon after courtesy of a Steffen Williams penalty and a superb score from Chris Banfield.

Williams remained perfect with the boot with another conversion to restore their lead, only for Botica to immediately hit back with three superb penalties in the space of five minutes to tip the scales in the home side’s favour once again.

Andrew Williams went from hero to villain for RGC when he received a yellow card, but the resolute Gogs’ rearguard held on for a deserved triumph.




Score:
RGC 32 - 24 Aberavon

Aberavon Team:
Liam Popham (rep Jon Phillips 70 min); Shaun Pearce (rep Stuart Nicholas 79 min), Joe Thomas, Will Price, Chris Banfield, Steffen Williams, Jacob Flynn; Rowan Jenkins (rep Rhys Forse 77 min), Ieuan Davies (rep Marc Breeze 79 min), Rhys Henry, Ben Jones, Ben Davies (rep Jordan Walters 80+1 min), Lee Purnell (capt), Ben Thomas, Rob Dudley-Jones (rep Rhydian George 70 min).

Replacements not used: Mike Burgess and Jon Thomas, .
Lee Purnell made his 100th appearance for Aberavon RFC.
Joe Thomas, Rowan Jenkins, Rhys Henry and Jordan Walters appeared from the Ospreys; Chris Banfield appeared from Carmarthen Quins RFC; Stuart Nicholas appeared from Waunarlwydd RFC; Rhydian George appeared from Mumbles RFC

Aberavon Scorers:
T - Penalty Try, Ben Thomas, Chris Banfield
C - Steffen Williams (2)
PG - Steffen Williams

RGC Scorers:
T - Dan Owen, Andrew Williams
C - Jacob Botica (2) 
PG - Jacob Botica (6)

Referee:
Gwyn Morris

Man Of The Match:
1 - Ben Davies
2 - Lee Purnell
3 - Chris Banfield

Time Line:
04 min: Aberavon - T - Penalty Try (7 points) (0 - 7)
13 min: RGC - PG - Jacob Botica (3 - 7)
19 min: RGC - PG - Jacob Botica (6 - 7)
37 min: RGC - T - Dan Owen & C - Jacob Botica (13 - 7)
40+2 min: RGC - PG - Jacob Botica (16 - 7)
40+6 min: RGC - T - Andrew Williams & C - Jacob Botica (23 - 7)
40+7 min: Half Time
45 min: Aberavon - T - Ben Thomas & C - Steffen Williams (23 - 14)
61 min: Aberavon - PG - Steffen Williams (23 - 17)
63 min: Aberavon - T - Chris Banfield & C - Steffen Williams (23 - 24)
68 min: RGC - PG - Jacob Botica (26 - 24)
70 min: RGC - PG - Jacob Botica (29 - 24)
73 min: RGC - PG - Jacob Botica (32 - 24)
76 min: RGC - Yellow Card - Andrew Williams
80+4 min: Full Time