U10 v Abergavenny (Home) 15 Jan 2012

63-0 Win

The predicted overnight frost failed to materialise, so it was very much “game on” as Monmouth Bears welcomed local rivals Abergavenny on a cold but perfect morning for rugby. The visitors were lacking in numbers, so the Bears players took it in turns to play for the depleted opposition, whilst also having game-time with their own team-mates.

Cold hands, a muddy ball and still some post-festive rustiness made for a scrappy start, with both teams struggling to get going. It was a full five minutes before the score-board was troubled, with Rhys Williams finally touching down for the Bears. Ben Pilot followed up with two quick tries and another from Rhys saw the Bears four unanswered tries ahead and, with three of them converted, they led 26 - 0 at the break.

Rolling substitutions ensured the full Bears squad got good game time – however, the regular changes failed to disrupt Monmouth’s momentum. Learning from last week’s errors, the Bears were much more clinical and aggressive in defence meaning that the visitors never looked like scoring. Whilst the try-count continued to advance, the Bears played well within themselves, barging through flailing tackles to score rather than playing their normal running expansive game.

The second-half saw the Bears really go through the gears, with Ben Pilot completing his hat-trick early on. Will Ruck was next on the score-sheet followed quickly by Josh Lewis. The hard-working Jonny Snell chipped in with the next two tries as the Bears continued to turn the screw in pursuit of their biggest win of the season. Cameron Ogilvie was next, scoring his first try since tag rugby and Sam Hughes concluded matters by crashing over at the final whistle. With only one successful conversion in the second-half, the final score was 63 – 0 to the Bears.

A great squad effort from the Bears saw them notch up their eighth clean sheet of the season, whilst at the same time scoring eleven tries shared amongst seven players, to record their biggest ever win. Well done to the Bears players who stepped into the breach for the visitors and to Ben Kershaw, who easily had his best game in a Monmouth shirt. Cameron won the parent vote for the Player of the Week award for his improved tackling, a try and a conversion.

Try Scorers: Ben Pilot (3), Rhys Williams (2), Jonny Snell (2), Cameron Ogilvie, Sam Hughes, Josh Lewis & Will Ruck

Conversions: Ben Pilot (3), Cameron Ogilvie

Player of the Week: Cameron Ogilvie

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