U10 v Old Bristolians (Home) 27 Nov 2011

38-7 Win

Old Bristolians RFC provided the latest opposition for the Monmouth Bears, on a beautiful autumn morning made for rugby. Previous encounters between the teams have been played to the relatively unfamiliar English RFU rules, which meant that the more experienced Old Bristolians had always prevailed – a chance for revenge therefore with the visitors this time having to play to the Welsh Pathway for the first time.

Match 1: The visitors seemed to adapt very quickly, catching the slumbering Bears cold with a fine solo try in the first minute, which was successfully converted. This seemed to provide a much needed wake-up call, as the Bears established firm control of the game, with the visitors failing to get on the score-board again.

The Bears first try was scored out wide by Roderick Ho, following a great flowing passing move across the backs. Alastair “Exocet” McIntosh scored the next two tries, on both occasions rampaging through the by now dispirited visitors’ defence. Not to be outdone, “pocket-rocket” Josh Lewis scored two trademark individual tries, with the final try of the game coming from the flying Will Green. Four of the tries were successfully converted, three by Ben Pilot and one by Raphael Kefalas.

At the final whistle, the visiting coaches were so complimentary about the Bears’ style of open running rugby and also of their first experience of playing to the Welsh guidelines, which places a great emphasis on getting the ball away from the breakdown, rather than the forward dominated game they are used to.

Final Score: Monmouth Bears 38 – 7 Old Bristolians

Tries: Josh Lewis (2) Alastair McIntosh (2) Roderick Ho, Will Green
Conv: Ben Pilot (3) Raphael Kefalas

Match 2: The visitors’ chance for swift revenge was immediate, with a short match allowing valuable game-time for some fringe squad players, being played to the English rules. It was quickly apparent that Old Bristolians, playing their familiar game, were more competitive by establishing an early two try lead, courtesy of some particularly weak tackling from the Bears.

The half-time team talk for the Bears reminded all the players of their defensive duties and with changes in personnel, order was soon restored. A great comeback ensued with tries from Alastair, Roderick and finally Ieuan Rose. Magnificent defence from the Bears kept the visitors, looking to draw level, firmly at bay in the final stages of the game. The final whistle signalled jubilant celebrations from the Bears, proud that they had at last beaten Old Bristolians at their own game.

The Player of the Week award was presented for the second time this season to the magnificent Alastair McIntosh, who was superb in defence and at the breakdown and whose rampaging runs saw him score three tries on the day.

Final Score: Monmouth 15 – 10 Old Bristolians

Tries: Alastair McIntosh, Roderick Ho, Ieuan Rose

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