1XV v Crumlin (Away) 24 Sep 2011

54-17 Win

Ludo Leads The Way For Monmouth

Uncontested scrums it was again for Monmouth last Saturday, but at least their Crumlin hosts declared their front row difficulty up front and before the game, even though it dis-pleased Monmouth’s front row forwards, for whom rugby is all about the physicality of the scrum.

In the early stages there was encouragement for the visiting Monmothians as they counter-attacked readily following turnovers, but it was Crumlin first on the board with a 3 point penalty for ‘holding on’ just 8 minutes into the game.

This made the visitors shake themselves and following a quick penalty and passing the ball through three pairs of hands, fly-half Aaron Price went over with full back Rhys Ricketts converting the first of his seven successful kicks out of eight.

A Crumlin break-out with several missed tackles by the Monmouth defence was snuffed out by a strong, move stopping, tackle by young prop Tom Green.

Play soon returned to the other end and from a ruck 10 yards from the line, ‘the boy’ Price (which differentiates him from his older No.8 brother) cut back inside to feed the supporting flanker Ed McCord for the second of what was to become 8 tries for Monmouth overall.

Crumlin clawed back a penalty but went a further try behind when after rebuffing a line attack they eventually succumbed to a centre Dewi Lane’s strength which Ricketts again converted.

In the remaining ten minutes Crumlin, aided by some Monmouth indiscipline at rucks and variable refereeing interpretations , clawed back two penalties for a 12-21 deficit at the break.

More aggressive and positive play was called for by the Coach Ian Seymour and he was immediately rewarded when scrum-half Ludo Thomas fielded a ball deep in Monmouth’s half and set off down the left beating the only man who attempted a tackle, scoring in the left corner to set back Crumlin in the first move of the half. The good conversion from far out added to their disquiet.

Play was generally quite open in the good conditions and play moved back and for although the Monmouth line was rarely threatened at this stage.

On the other hand Thomas was on fire and burst up the left again, this time chip-kicking over the defence to score but this time the try went unconverted.
The other backs were not to be outdone and centre Dewi Lane broke far down field, popping the ball up when tackled for the effervescent Thomas to complete his hat-trick.

Substitute centre Adam Roberts was next to cross the line but kindly fed his wing Chris Reed, who had supported well without luck so that he could claim a converted score and a 12-47 lead.

But Crumlin were not down despite the score, and as Monmouth faded a little and not tackling up as they should, the home team broke down the left three times in succession, eventually gaining their reward, with their strong running left wing going over for an unconverted try.

They continued to look threatening but Monmouth realized the danger and the ball flew along their back line with Roberts and Reed combining to give Thomas his fourth try of the game for an overall 17-54 win and a bonus point.

Bettws hopefully will have a full squad for their visit next Saturday when the props can hopefully join in the fun at 2.30p.m. at the Sports Ground.

Tries: A.Price, E.McCord, D.Lane, L.Thomas (4), C.Reed
Conv: R.Ricketts (7)

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