A 79th minute try earned Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 a hard fought victory over Wales Deaf by 21 points to 17 in
a game played on the artificial surface at the Llandarcy Academy of Sport, Neath.
RGC 1404 are part of the Welsh Rugby Union’s Training Academy and are based in Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay.
The team was renamed RGC 1404 in January 2010 with the reference to 1404 reflecting the year that Owain Glyndwr became Prince of Wales, and ‘RGC’ being an acronym for Rygbi Gogledd Cymru (Rugby North Wales).
Despite trailing nine points to seven at the break, the visitors outscored the hosts by three tries to one with Josh Leitch, Andrew Baxton and Harry Evans touching down. Outside half Afon Bagshaw kicked three conversions.
Four Celyn Ashton penalties and a try by Richard Jones for Wales Deaf ensured the result was in doubt until the closing moments of the game, played on a perfect playing surface but in difficult snowy conditions.
The game was good preparation for Wales Deaf who now travel to Fylde on 26 February to compete for the Broadstreet Cup against England Deaf.