RGC general manager Sion Jones has been reflecting on a hugely successful first half of the season.

Despite their early exit from the WRU National Cup, the Gogs have been in fine form throughout and managed to finish top of the Principality Premiership West standings after going on a lengthy unbeaten run.

Jones, said: “We had three focuses going into this season, and we now have to focus on two of these goals, and also accept the best team won at Ebbw Vale.

“We were poor in certain areas and that showed in the result. That said, when you look at last season to this season we don’t have the likes of Phil John, Ross Davies and Huw Worthington, three experienced players, scrumaggers and ball carriers which does make a massive difference to any side.

“We are fully aware that it won’t get any easier in the league, and we are in a different position. Last year we were the hunters, chasing down the other sides at the top whereas now we have that target on our back and we are being hunted.

“We are a major scalp to teams this year, and this was made very clear to us down at Vale.

“The next couple of weeks gives us a chance to regroup, refresh some bodies and minds and look at what we need to do going into February. We still have a huge task ahead, and we are tracking well in key areas if you compare to last season. It is all moving in the right direction, and we are a young side and we will continue to develop players playing a positive brand of rugby.”

Jones also revealed that the region are in discussion with Welsh Rugby Union officials as they look to secure “a more streamlined governance where we can influence and interact at a more national level”.

“Chairman Gareth Davies has been looking at the Governance of the WRU, whilst looking at not only other sports but other businesses in the aim of making the WRU more streamlined and in turn attract the best people to move the game forward,” added Jones.

“Rugby in the region is going well, and with a more aligned governance like other sports will give us something that is more fit for purpose with all 32 clubs proud to be involved in.

“There is a lot of change ahead but I’m confident that these changes are exactly what we need for the sport and for Wales.

“We want to make sure we play a significant part in the future of Welsh rugby on and off the field, the support from our fans and volunteers makes a huge contribution to our standing, and it doesn’t go unnoticed.

“The growth and appetite in the region is there, so in the coming months any support, in the stands or helping at your local club will make a difference.”