1XV v Bettws (Home) 01 Oct 2011

60-12 Win

Nine Try Bonanza For Monmouth

Bettws could have stunned Monmouth with their shock long-distance try in the first minute of last Saturday’s game, but captain Matt Ricketts steadied the ship with a few calming words behind the posts.

Bettws had good strike runners who were a constant threat but a steadied effective defence kept them out with the Monmouth pack providing the solid framework and a liveliness in the back row for centre Dewi Lane to break upfield.
Several others carried the move on deep into Bettws territory rounded off by scrum-half Ludo Thomas scoring the first of what was to become a personal tally of four tries (AGAIN!) and with fly-half Rhys Ricketts comfortably converting as his starter for a personal contribution of 20 points in an overall bonanza win of 60-12.

It was fiercely contested and not helped by the extreme heat but keeping the pressure on through several near the Bettws line rucks, left wing Gareth Morgan was next to score with a well taken try despite little room in the corner. The conversion was flawless.

Four minutes into extra time added, centre Andrew Davies knocked a nail into the heart of the Bettws visitors when he broke through or past five would be tacklers to take the score to 21-5.

Cool heads were now needed in the second half with Monmouth sticking to their practiced patterns of play as Bettws tried to re-establish themselves, but it was speedy Ludo Thomas who slipped out of a tackle on the right flank to score again with just a minute of the second half gone. Ricketts’ conversion was again on the money.

Monmouth were on fire as the ball was passed around with everyone seeking a piece of the action. The ball was re-cycled from another ruck and No.8 and Player of the Month, Mike Griffiths found flanker Ed McCord in support to crash over for a 35-5 lead.

The pressure continued with exciting fluid play and this time when the ball was recycled once more it was prop Paul Stockley who delighted with a further try from something less than 25 or perhaps on count-back, 5 yards.

Bettws rallied and put together a well orchestrated rolling maul twisting first one way and then the next to ease the difference to 42-12, so it was no surprise when Monmouth opted for a penalty kick from Ricketts to obtain a breather for his team-mates who had been tearing up the territory.

The respite worked because next the young scrum-half ran away over a full 70 yards from an interception to score again and then Ricketts hoping not to be outdone took play downfield again following an impressive break only to be taken into touch by a last-ditch tackle in the left hand corner. Consolation came for him in the form of another successful penalty kick.

With 8 minutes still to go, Davies pulled a hamstring but stayed on bravely as all the substitutes had been played, managing even to act as a link in a move which 2nd Row John Powell took on wide out to storm on for a good 25 yards but it was Ludo who had the last word with his 4th try in the last minute of the game.

Precision Engineering as a major sponsor of the Club will have been very pleased with such an excellent win and it may encourage others to be associated with the Club in what, although early days, looks like a very promising season. Those that might wish to are invited to contact Club Secretary Andrew Davies.

The Druids and Youth grace the home turf next week whilst the 1st XV are away to Ynysddu.

Tries: L.Thomas (4), G.Morgan, A.Davies, E.McCord, P.Stockley, ???
Conv: R.Ricketts (3)
Pen: R.Ricketts (3)

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