RGC’s impressive run of recent form ended with a 22-6 defeat at Carmarthen Quins.

The Gogs’ were unable to secure their third straight Indigo Group Premiership triumph in succession with a lacklustre display on the road, and Matt Silva’s side will be looking to produce a better performance when they next take the field on November against Swansea at Stadiwm Zip World in Colwyn Bay.

The visitors began the contest on the front foot in torrential weather conditions, with Afon Bagshaw going close to the game’s first try early on but was unable to make the most of the opportunity following good work from standout scrum half Efan Jones.

Their prolonged pressure finally brought reward in the form of a long-range penalty from the boot of Billy McBryde, but this was met with a free kick from Quins’ soon after courtesy of Jack Wilson.

This visibly relaxed the home side after a difficult start to proceedings and they went ahead for the first time when a surging drive from the pack brought the first try of the afternoon.

Wilson added the extras, and things went from bad to worse immediately following the restart when Robin Williams was shown a yellow card and sent to the sin bin.

RGC coped well with the numerical disadvantage and closed the gap through another McBryde penalty, but their task became much stiffer when a high tackle from Tom Hughes saw them reduced to 13 men.

The hosts wasted no time in making their advantage count and pulled further clear when Dan Booth was the beneficiary of a powerful driving maul, but they were unable to add to their tally before the break thanks to some exceptional resistance from the Gogs’ back-line.

After the break saw the away side become largely wasteful in possession as conditions worsened throughout, and Quins’ wrapped up the points early on in the second period when a physical drive from the pack brought further reward when Booth crossed the white wash for his second score of the afternoon. Wilson added the extras.

Ed Siggery was yellow carded for the home side late on, but Silva’s side could not find a route back in the game to ensure they had nothing to show for their efforts.