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1XV v Abercarn (away) 27 Apr 2016

7-60 Loss

Stern Test for Monmouth

A mid-week evening rearranged fixture is always difficult to fulfil, but when it is against a team bucking for promotion it promises to be doubly difficult.

And so it was to prove with only three regular 1st XV players in the starting line-up last Wednesday’s game at Abercarn but played at Newbridge saw the Monmouth youngsters 15 points down in as many minutes.

Tries: A.Ross
Conv: M.Tabb

Youth v Talywain (away) 27 Apr 2016

cancelled

1XV v New Tredegar (away) 16 Apr 2016

27-35 Loss

Monmouth Miss Double

Having beaten New Tredegar at home only the previous week, spirits were high of achieving the double on the journey to the Rhymney Valley, but they were dampened by the misleading diversion signs at the Heads of the Valleys roadworks which saw the kick off having to be significantly delayed.

The home team set off with great vigour and were first on the score–board within minutes with a penalty into the very brisk wind.

Tries: J.Smith, W.Korb
Conv: S.Parsons
Pen: S.Parsons (5)

1XV v New Tredegar (home) 09 Apr 2016

27-10 Win

A winning second half for Monmouth

Given a minute’s silence before the start in memory of the late Mark Ricketts, a stalwart supporter of Monmouth for many a year, it was not surprising that the home team started slowly, but not surprising either that it was his son, Rhys, who had to be relied upon to save an early score with a trade-mark devastating tackle.

New Tredegar were the visitors and their young-ish enthusiasm in the first half tended to make Monmouth work hard in defence with prop Green noticeably pulling off some good tackles.

Tries: J.Smith (2), Davies, J.Bezani
Conv: R.Ricketts (2)
Pen: R.Ricketts

1XV v Caerphilly (away) 02 Apr 2016

25-42 Loss

Monmouth defeat exposes Problems

The away fixture at Caerphilly RFC meant little more than pride to both sides as the season draws to a close. Both teams appear safe from relegation so what will it mean to players attitudes and performances?

Tries: C.Reed, J.Smith, D.White
Conv: S.Parsons (2)
Pen: S.Parsons (2)

1XV v Newport HSOB (home) 26 Mar 2016

22-21 Win

Hard Fought Victory

The strong wind prefaced the worst Storm Katie was to offer later as visitors to the Sports Ground, Newport High School Old Boys, kicked of deep into the 22m area to which Monmouth responded with a high return kick and charged down the re-joinder. James Smith picked up and charged on, breaking through a despairing tackle to put the home team 5 points ahead inside the first minute.

The game was to be one of many errors and almost as many penalties, the first of which went awry in the wind as would many others.

Tries: J.Smith (2), N.Philips
Conv: J.Smith(2)
Pen J.Smith

Druids v Ynysddu (away) 26 Mar 2016

10-34 Loss

Losing run Continues

Monmouth Druids band wagon latest challenge was against Ynysddu rfc in the valleys of Wales. The players, some of them anyway, will have reflected on defeats in the last three games. The weather greeting them was dreadful. Incessant rain and a swirling wind graced the ground. To make it an even greater challenge the Druids only had fourteen players to counter the Ynysddu XV.

Tries: K.Gordon
Conv: K.Gordon
Pen: K.Gordon

1XV v Oakdale (away) 18 Mar 2016

16-29 Loss

A sound beating or a near thing?

In a rearranged game under Oakdale’s lights, Monmouth used the slope and following wind to good effect in the first half.

In the first minutes a good follow up to a deep kick caught the home team in possession and from a turnover at the ensuing ruck the ball was spun left along the visitors' line. The Oakdale defence had rallied to close the gaps leaving fly-half Parsons no option but to open the scoring with a dropped goal.

Try: D.Lane
Conv: S.Parsons
Pen: S.Parsons (2)
Drop Goal: S.Parsons

Druids v Drybrook (away) 11 Mar 2016

0-24 Loss

Druids defeated at Drybrook

With a break from league rugby, Monmouth Druids made the short trip to the Forest of Dean to face Drybrook rfc. The match played under floodlights was breaking new ground for a very youthful squad of players. The home side were warming up well before kick off so this signalled a warning for the visitors.

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