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1XV v Chepstow (Home) 29 Dec 2001

17-19 Loss

The Christmas break brought mixed feelings for Monmouth supporters, because despite a win against old rivals Usk on Boxing Day and a loss by only two points last Saturday in the league match away at Chepstow, it wasn’t quite what it appeared.

1XV v Usk (Home) 26 Dec 2001

29-5 Win

Druids v Usk (Away) 26 Dec 2001

10-0 Win

1XV v Machen (Away) 22 Dec 2001

13-14 Loss

1XV v Cilfynydd (Home) 15 Dec 2001

15-20 Loss

On yet another sunny December Saturday, it came as a shock when visitors Cilfynydd objected to playing on a pitch the referee had found playable, because of an alleged fear of injury to their players. After a full 20 minutes of negotiation and prevarication they were suddenly persuaded. But how much the undeclared late arrival of some key team members helped in this respect was to become only too apparent before long.

Druids v Long Levens (XXXX) 15 Dec 2001

26-21 Win

1XV v Nantyglo (Away) 08 Dec 2001

14-22 Loss

One of those sunny crisp December days on a relatively dry pitch against League subordinates Nantyglo away last Saturday, suggested the chance of a win playing running rugby. The first ten minutes appeared to reinforce this view with first a scintillating try by Gareth Morgan converted by Rob Frost followed by similar excitement when fullback Dave Croudace was adjudged to have failed to ground the ball again in the right hand side of the goal line. …If only the referee had adjudicated differently… the game might have turned out a win.

Druids v Old Tylerians (XXXX) 08 Dec 2001

25-6 Win

1XV v Barry (Away) 01 Dec 2001

17-25 Loss

Hopes of beating league-leaders, Barry, were high in the Monmouth dressing room after four straight wins but an early try by the visitors from a driving maul made them soon realise what they were up against. The failed conversion was a measure of things to come and the potential lifeline it was to offer.

Heavy rain in the run-up to Saturday made for a muddier surface than usual but the day was crisp and clear with Barry taking first advantage of the wind and the low winter sun.

Druids v Newport Saracens (Home) 01 Dec 2001

0-13 Loss

The Druids were quietly confident before their home fixture against Newport Saracens. Perhaps it was because of their record of 8 wins in 10 matches or that they were back playing on their beloved Chippenham Mead after five games away from home.

What faced them was a strong, well organised Saracens side who were equally motivated. From the start the big forwards of the visitors forced the Druids on the back foot and their big, strong running centres caused severe problems for the home defenders.

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