WALES, 18 Dec, 2015 – WE are sticking to RGC ethos, but also finding a winning blend says coach ahead of Bargoed clash.
Phil Davies says RGC have got the right level of balance between the development of players and coaches, but also finding a winning mentality which is seeing them push for promotion to the Premiership. Currently sitting in fourth place in the Championship, RGC make the trip to face fifth-placed Bargoed today knowing a win would extend their six-point advantage over the defending champions to at least eight points at the halfway mark in the league campaign.
That could be an important psychological advantage for the North Walians, with only the top four earning promotion to a newly expanded Premiership next season.
And Davies, who described RGC as a ‘work in progress’, is pleased with how his side are developing. He said: “We have got to stick to the philosophy of RGC, which is the talent development of players and coaches.
“Obviously there has been a high amount of skill over the past few years, but one of the things we have tried to do since I have been here is to create a more all-round game, an ability to play directly and kick well and manage the game, and people like Cameron (Davies), Josh (Leach) and James Lang are doing very well in that.
“We have got a long way to go yet, that is for sure, but the squad is in good shape. It could improve a bit of depth – it is a work in progress, but it is exciting.
“We are combining a bit of winning with some really good development as well.
“It is a hard balance to strike sometimes, but at the moment we are trying to achieve it.
“And the support we are getting is fantastic. Some really good crowds and very enthusiastic people are coming to watch, and we are really grateful for that as well.”
RGC, who beat Bargoed at Parc Eirias earlier in the season 27-25, head south on the back of a 31-0 win over Newbridge in their last outing, and a battling 16-12 defeat a week earlier at home to Swansea. Davies said: “It’s a big game for us. We know it is a tough encounter against the current champions, so it is case of just trying to keep performing.
“Our average age of the team on occasions is 21 or 22, so the boys are doing remarkably well.
“Against Swansea the boys did some good stuff, and the week before we were in Narberth and that was an excellent performance in bad conditions.
“What is nice is that we have got Afon (Bagshaw) coming back, Leon Crump coming back and also the emergence of Sean Lonsdale at second-row.
“He is only 19 and he was man of the match last Saturday, and he is playing very well, so there are a lot of exciting performances individually – but the most important thing is that the team is playing well.
“It is being well led by Josh (Leach) and some of the senior players like Bryn Williams, Kelvin Davies, Andy Williams, Thomas Hughes and Huw Worthington.
“They are doing a really good job, so the balance of the group at the moment is still young, but everyone is playing a good part.”
© Daily Post | Originally published by Rob Griffiths – 18 December 2015