U10 v Chepstow / St Julians (Home) 23 Oct 2011

Monmouth – round-robin with Chepstow & St Julians (Home)

The day began with the 2011 RWC Final, a rather tense affair settled by a single point. What followed from the Bears however was nowhere near as close, as they delighted their loyal band of supporters with a superb display of running rugby against joint visitors Chepstow and St Julians.

Match 1: vs. Chepstow

First up for the Bears in this round-robin were Chepstow, who were caught napping early on, with Will Ruck opening the scoring by touching down by the posts. Further tries from speed merchant Josh Lewis and the bull-dozing Sam Hughes saw half-time arrive with the Bears 15 – 0 to the good.

Regular substitutions saw the full Bears squad gain valuable game time. Will Ruck scored his second try of the match, the only time the whitewash was crossed in the second-half. The Bears kept their opponents penned in their own half, thus ensuring another clean sheet. All of the Bears’ conversion attempts failed, but unlike the valiant national team down-under, the missed kicks did not prove costly!

Final Score: Monmouth Bears 20 – 0 Chepstow

Try Scorers: Will Ruck (2) Josh Lewis, Sam Hughes

Match 2: vs. St Julians

Next up for the Bears were St Julians, who had comfortably beaten Chepstow in their opening game. Whilst they appeared to be more formidable opponents, they were soon on the back-foot – the Bears easily snuffed out their main weapons with aggressive tackling. Will Ruck opened the scoring, converting his own try and Raphael Kefalas quickly followed up with another to see the Bears establish an early 12 – 0 lead.

The Bears continued to score regularly – Raphael scoring his second try (converted by Ben Pilot); Josh Lewis (converted by Raphael) – half-time arriving with the Bears 26 points up, with their own try-line still in tact.

Regular changes in personnel by the Bears failed to disrupt their momentum. Sam Hughes constantly led the charge into battle with some great runs, preparing the ground for Will Ruck to score his second of the match and fourth of the day. Two further tries followed from the hard-working and tough tackling Henry Watkins, both of which were converted by Cameron Ogilvie and Ben Pilot respectively. Once again, great aggressive defence was as much a key feature of the Bears’ display, equally as impressive as their open running rugby.

Final Score: Monmouth Bears 45 – 0 St Julians

Try Scorers: Will Ruck (2) Raphael Kefalas (2) Henry Watkins (2) Josh Lewis
Conversions: Ben Pilot (2) Will Ruck, Raphael Kefalas, Cameron Ogilvie

In summary, the Bears scored 11 tries, racking up 65 points without reply from both opposing teams. They seem to be able to score freely, whilst also taking great pride in producing more clean sheets than a Chinese laundry!

Sam Hughes was deservedly presented with the Player of the Week Award in the club-house for his fine rampaging display.

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