1XV v Ynysddu (Away) 08 Oct 2011

29-3 Win

Four Try Cup Win

In the first round proper of the Swalec Bowl, Monmouth came away from Ynysddu with a 29-3 win in which their pack dominated enough for the hosts to need to move to uncontested scrums part way through the second half.

Despite the convincing win, the game had not initially gone Monmouth’s way with 12 penalties being awarded against them in the first half an hour before they in turn were awarded their first. If there was a pattern to their alleged transgressions it was hard to see and appeared near to random.

One of these was successfully converted but Monmouth battled manfully on despite the odds. During this time Ynysddu made the most of their opportunities to clear their lines so that territory and possession seemed fairly equal but Monmouth’s power up front and in the mauls was likely to wear their opponents down over the full game.

They first cracked 15 minutes in from a push over try completed by No 8 Mike Griffiths with fly-half Rhys Ricketts adding the conversion – the first of his personal nine point haul on the day.

Monmouth did not help themselves as the penalty count against them grew by some back-chat to the referee which of course added to their frustration, but the sooner certain individuals realise games are only won by accommodating circumstances come whatever.

Ynysddu’s resistance crumbled once more before an early half-time arrived with Griffiths touching down again as a scrum rumbled over the line. Ricketts was again on the ball taking the lead to 3-14 at the break.

Apart from urging the team to reduce the opportunities for the referee to penalize them, the Coach had little more necessary advice to offer.

Ynysddu changed tack slightly by trying to run their visitors around and it was their pressure which brought a spell in the right hand corner, even charging down a clearing kick by Ricketts which caused the spectators a palpitation or three.
Monmouth, too were beginning to enjoy a more open game and from a nippy break by scrum-half Gareth Morgan, Griffiths made a good 50 yard charge towards the home line but it ended in a crash (and an injury) rather than a try scoring pass to the supporting wing Matt King.

The game was now more end to end but regularly disrupted by penalty whistles, and it was a full 24 minutes before Ricketts was next to score with a well taken penalty.

Substitutions and Ynysddu opting for passive scrums brought some personnel and positional changes. Dave Morgan resumed in the back row from a long injury spell and his older brother moved to the left wing where his pace can be so devastating.
In fact it was he who was to outstrip the defence almost immediately stretching the lead to 3-22 with centre Dewi Lane putting the icing on the cake with an interception try to achieve a 3-29 result.

Several new faces made appearances this week and it was reassuring to see the determination they showed as well as slotting in to the patterns of play instilled on the training field. In fact several tries more could have resulted if possession had not so readily been kicked away to a team whose only hope was to counter-attack through some speedy individuals or if final passes had gone to hand.

Back to the League next Saturday with an away trip to Brynithel with hopes high that the same dominance up front can provide enough ball with flair behind to continue their winning ways.

Tries: M.Griffiths (2), G.Morgan, D.Lane
Conv: R.Ricketts (3)
Pen: R.Ricketts

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