HOME comforts have proved to be beneficial for RGC.

In their second home match of the Premiership season, the North Wales side defeated Bridgend 27-13.

It was the visitors who started the better of the sides and they gave RGC an early scare with a penalty.

Bridgend went close to scoring a try when they drove over a maul, but the Gogs managed to keep them out.

The visitors were being given time and they had time to kick the ball behind the Gogs' defence.

RGC managed to get some physicality into their game and they started to win the collisions, which gave them some momentum.

That momentum got a maul driving before Dion Jones collected the ball with an excellent run to cross the whitewash for the opening score.

Jones added the conversion.

Dafydd Williams extended the RGC lead with a try in the corner, as the winger showed his pace to ghost past the defence to dab down.

Dion Jones added the extras.

The pack began to win their battle and they looked frighteningly powerful in several scrums.

The Gogs were unlucky not to score again when Dion Jones put a kick in but Daf Williams was unable to get both hands on it to touch down.

Bridgend looked to get back into the game in the second half, but a key attacking spell ended with some solid breakdown work from new signing Theo Mayell.

Both sides were looking to get a foothold on the game, but swapped kicks and a few handling errors which stopped the flow of the half.

The visitors did close the gap when they went over with the driving maul and Paul Short converted.

Minutes later and RGC claimed turnover ball. Ethan Fackrell broke, but the pass went forward when the try looked on.

The scrum made amends after this to win a penalty and Dion Jones converted.

RGC just needed to get some possession and put some daylight between them and the Ravens, but errors were letting the visitors back in the game.

It was a scrappy spell, with knock-ons, loose kicks and a few wayward passes from both sides.

Theo Mayell put in wizard-like work around the breakdown to get a turnover and penalty which eased the pressure.

RGC managed to move the scoreboard with a Dion Jones penalty but minutes later the visitors claimed a penalty of their own.

Try number three came for the Gogs when Theo Mayell gained his first points on his home debut and Jones hit the extras.

Bridgend kept on going and continued to make RGC work hard defensively, but the hosts gave their supporters a treat instead of a trick on this Halloween weekend!

Head coach Ceri Jones told the RGC website: “It was an industrial performance, and we made it hard work at times.

"I thought our defence was excellent which enabled us to keep them out in the opening 10 minutes.

"We then went upfield and scored two quick tries.

“You could say it was an ugly win, and that is something the players can be pleased about as RGC’s statement wins are normally down to our attacking game.

“We will have plenty of work ons, the lineout wasn’t good enough but you look at the fact we have a couple of 18-year-olds calling them – so they will learn and develop.

"The crowd again were fantastic and the atmosphere was superb, and we now need to build on this.

"If we add the winning ugly to our attacking game we will give teams some trouble for the rest of the season.”