RGC head coach Mark Jones praised his side’s energy during their 47-12 friendly win over Caldy.

The Gogs took the field for the first time this summer as they continue their preparations ahead of the new Principality Premiership campaign, which saw a large crowd at Denbigh Rugby Club see a comfortable win in good conditions.

Jones said: “It is always good to get back on the pitch and we made sure all the players in the matchday squad picked up some game time.

“We showed some good energy and signs that our fitness work has made a difference at this stage of pre-season, plus running the tries.

“That said we also have plenty of work-ons this week in training especially at the breakdown and ball carrying so that sets the profile for our training leading up the Dragons game.

“The other positives included the new faces getting a game under their belt Ilan Rowlands had some energy especially in the opening 30 minutes, Nick Butterworth also didn’t look out of place in an RGC shirt. Baily Rae will also benefit from today’s game.

"Sam Jones return also feels like we have gained a new player with his return from injury, and he gets good hands on the ball, makes the runs and finishes and we saw glimpses of that today.”

Talented back Dion Jones got the ball rolling with an early score which was converted by new signing Billy McBryde, but Caldy hit back with a try of their own soon after during a frantic opening to proceedings.

This provoked a strong response from the Gogs, with McBryde, Sam Jones and Efan Jones all dotting over in quick succession, and a penalty try, Danny Cross and Dion Jones’ second try of the contest rounded off a very encouraging friendly performance from the ambitious squad.