RGC returned to Indigo Group Premiership action with a hugely impressive 26-8 home win over Pontypridd.

A sensational second half display ensured the Gogs’ picked up a much-needed win following a short lay-off from competitive fixtures, and Matt Silva’s side will be looking to build on this positive momentum during their next outing at Llanelli on Saturday.

Despite the eventual result it was the visitors that drew first blood in the form of a familiar face, with ex-RGC prop Ross Davies powering his way over the line for the game’s first try that went unconverted.

This provoked a strong response from the home side, who got their noses in front soon after when a prolonged spell of pressure resulted in Jordan Scott squeezing over the line to level matters. McBryde added the extras.

Skipper Tom Hughes was at his influential best throughout the clash, and a blistering run from the centre penetrated the Ponty rear-guard before a neat offload to McBryde, who was presented with an easy touch down that he also converted.

Ben Jones managed to reduce the arrears slightly with a successful penalty just before the break, but Silva’s side completely dominated proceedings after the interval with an eye-catching performance on both sides of the ball.

Man of the Match Sam Rogers produced a fine piece of individual skill to set-up Wales 7s international Afon Bagshaw for another RGC score at a crucial stage of the half, and some silky footwork from George Roberts saw him cross the white wash to secure a bonus point for the hosts, McBryde despatched one of the conversion attempts.

The home side were reduced to 14 in the closing stages as Rhys Roberts was sent to the sin bin, but the Gogs’ defence held firm in the face of some fierce pressure to see out the remainder of the contest.

The game also brought a significant milestone for squad mainstay Harri Evans, who became the latest RGC player to rack up 100 competitive appearances.