RGC enhanced their chances of a top-two finish with an impressive 24-5 victory at Bridgend.

The Gogs’ began life without head coach Matt Silva, who has taken a leave of absence due to personal reasons, with a polished display on the road to leave them within five points of Carmarthen Quins having played a game more than the second-placed side.

They will look to take this outstanding result into their next outing on Saturday, when they welcome Aberavon to Stadiwm Zip World in Colwyn Bay (2.30pm), who currently sit in third spot after winning five and losing three of their opening eight games.

A sloppy start saw both sides hampered with a number of handling errors early on, but the Gogs’ managed to put the first points on the board thanks to a Billy McBryde penalty on the quarter hour mark.

Things got even better for the away side soon after when a blistering attack saw Dion Jones cross the white wash after good work from skipper Tom Hughes, and McBryde despatched the extras to make it a ten-point game.

Another exceptional period of dominance resulted in the second RGC try of the contest midway through the half, with McBryde adding to his individual tally with a well-worked score and subsequent conversion.

After the interval saw the home side increase the tempo in pursuit of a route back into the contest, but the Gogs’ rear-guard held firm and they all-but secured victory when a surging drive from the pack saw former Wales U18 international Dan Owen touch down. McBryde added the extras.

Credit to the hosts, who kept going right until the end and finally managed to get a consolation score in the dying moments when winger Caine Woolerton’s burst of speed saw him go over for an unconverted try.

This failed to take the gloss of a tremendous win for RGC, who got back to winning ways at the earliest opportunity.