RGC head coach Mark Jones praised his side for “learning the lessons of previous defeats” as they ended their campaign with a win at Bargoed.

The one-time title hopefuls finished fourth in the Principality Premiership standings after a fine come-from-behind success during what was a physical encounter on their travels.

Jones, said: “Like last week we came from behind to get the win, so the lessons of earlier games where we didn’t claim the wins have been learnt.

“We knew Bargoed would be tough, physical with quick offloads and they didn’t disappoint. We started the game well, and like the personification of the season we let them back in to the game but finished the job in hand.”

Their ninth victory of the season saw RGC end up one point clear of Carmarthen Quins in the race for fourth, with 13 points separating them from eventual champions and WRU National Cup winners Merthyr.

Assistant Phil John also paid tribute to the departing trio of Alex Schwartz, Jacob Botica and Tiaan Loots, who will be moving on to pastures new this summer after contributing significantly to the Gogs’ rise to prominence.

Loots and Botica have agreed deals with Newport Gwent Dragons, while scrum-half Schwartz has penned a contract with Cornish Pirates.

John, said: “It was a pleasure coaching Alex, Jacob and Tiaan over the last two seasons and I wish them the very best of luck in the next chapter of their professional rugby career.”