U10 v St Josephs (Away) 30 Oct 2011

25-0 Win

Eager to maintain their recent good form, a squad of 17 Monmouth Bears travelled to St Josephs and succeeded once again in producing a great display of attacking rugby, whilst at the same time, totally shutting out their opponents with excellent disciplined defence.

From the off, the Bears tried at all times to keep the ball alive, popping the ball out of the contact area at every opportunity to supporting players. It wasn’t long before the Bears were rewarded for their adventurous play, with Raphael Kefalas opening the scoring by finishing-off a fine flowing passage of play. The Bears kept up the intensity and, after spotting a gap out wide, Josh Lewis lit the after-burners to touchdown in the corner.

Alastair McIntosh, Ben Pilot, Brian Rowlands, Henry Watkins and Ieuan Rose led the way in defence, meaning the Bears were easily able to keep their opponents at bay. As a result of their resolute defence and scavenging at the break-down, the Bears were able to counter-attack at will – their third try was a perfect example - with Josh flying up the pitch, being brought down just short of the line by a last-ditch tackle, only for Alastair to pop-up in support to gracefully and gleefully swallow-dive over the line from a yard out.

Regular changes in personnel meant everyone got a game, but the Bears momentum was largely maintained, although on occasion, the ball went to ground at key times and some decision-making became hesitant. Despite this, the Bears added to the score with both Raphael and Josh getting their second tries of the game. With the game comfortably safe, the Bears eased up a bit in the latter stages, allowing their opponents to finally become the more attacking side, but they tackled their hearts out to the end to ensure another clean sheet.

The Man of the Match nominations from parents were shared amongst many players, but Raphael just edged out Brian for the Player of the Week award for his two tries, strong ball carrying and fine tackling – a great all-round display from him and all the Bears!

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Final Score: St Josephs 0 – 25 Monmouth

Tries: Josh Lewis (2) Raphael Kefalas (2) Alastair McIntosh

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