U10 v Gwernyfed (Home) 06 Nov 2011

0-7 Loss

A beautiful, crisp autumn morning greeted the Monmouth Bears and their supporters as they welcomed Gwernyfed, worthy winners of the recent Monmouth Tournament. It has become obvious over the last season or two that the big boys in green have become the Bears’ nemesis, having never beaten them. The Bears recent good form meant everyone was hopeful of setting the record straight……..

U10 v Gwernyfed

With both teams chomping at the bit, the ref’s whistle allowed hostilities to commence and what a magnificent battle ensued! Both teams were determined not to budge and it soon became a real battle of attrition. With space and gaps limited by swift and determined tackling, scoring opportunities were rare for both sides. Despite the lack of space, both teams tried to move the ball along the line, but so often the final pass either went to ground or astray, due no doubt to the players having one eye on an on-rushing tackler. Half-time arrived, with all 20 players earning a well deserved break and generous applause, despite the game still being scoreless – nil-nil on the scoreboard but 200% each for effort!

U10 v Gwernyfed

The second-half continued in much the same vein – bone-crunching tackling and rucking and any half-breaks quickly snuffed out. The deadlock was finally broken in the last five minutes and it needed a stroke of luck to break the Bears’ hearts – a loose ball was chased down by a Gwernyfed player, delighted to receive a favourable bounce and a clear run to the line – the try was converted. Back came the Bears, but no matter how hard they pushed, they still could not break down Gwernyfed’s resolute defensive line, with the final whistle signalling only their second defeat of the season.

Forget the historic battles of Agincourt, Waterloo, Trafalgar etc. – The Battles of Chippie Fields of autumn 2011 between the Bears and Gwernyfed, both going to the visitors by a single score, will live long in the memory of those lucky enough to be there! It was a magnificent effort by both teams and despite the very physical nature of the game it was played in a great spirit, with the players being urged on by their enthusiastic and vociferous supporters.

Alastair McIntosh was deservedly presented with the Player of the Week award for his magnificent defence and leading the Bears so strongly in attack.

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