U10 v Croesyceiliog (Away) 01 Apr 2012

Monmouth Bears Win the Croesyceiliog Tournament!

Monmouth RFC under 10s (The Bears) took part in the inaugural Croesyceiliog Young Rugby Festival, searching for their first silver-ware of the season, taking on four very competitive teams in what would turn out to be a hard, but successful day of rugby. The strong Bears squad needed to be at the races early on, as they opened proceedings with the first game of the day

U10 at Croesyceiliog Tournament

Match 1: vs. St Josephs – The Bears gained the upper-hand very quickly in their opening game, especially with big Will Ruck settling any pre-tournament nerves with an early trademark try. Jonny Snell added another with fine support play before the break and with regular changes in personnel, the Bears managed to keep their shape and discipline. The returning Ali McIntosh proved his recent lack of action had failed to blunt his skills, by rampaging through desperate tackles to touch-down for the Bears’ third try. An excellent interception try by St Josephs blotted the copy-book and set up a possible tight finish, but the Bears stood firm in defence to close out the game.

Score: Monmouth Bears 15 – 5 St Josephs
Try Scorers: Will Ruck, Jonny Snell, Alastair McIntosh

Match 2: vs. Blackwood – Unknown, but strong looking opponents who had comfortably won their opening match, were next up for the Bears – what a tough game ensued! It was nip and tuck throughout, with strong defence from both teams snuffing-out the few scoring chances, but up stepped big Will to open the Bears’ account with barn-storming running. Blackwood came back into the game, taking advantage of poor defence from the Bears, to restore parity just before the break. With their ears stinging from the half-time pep-talk, the Bears soon regained control of the game by making their tackles really count, thus keeping their opponents at bay. The result was secured with Ali scoring his fine second try of the day, but the match was marred by key player Raphael Kefalas having to leave the field with a blood injury, seeing him unfortunately take no further part in the day’s proceedings.

Score: Monmouth Bears 10 – 5 Blackwood
Try Scorers: Will Ruck, Alastair McIntosh

Match 3: vs. Croesyceiliog – The hosts were next up for the Bears and it wasn’t long before they were put under the cosh, with Ben Pilot opening the scoring. Ieuan Frost was up next with the try of the day for the Bears – a set-scrum close to the Cockerel’s line, saw swift ball through hands for him to touch-down in the corner. Ben added a second to see the Bears comfortably ahead at the break. The second half saw no let-up in momentum from the Bears despite numerous changes, with big James Robertson charging through to touch-down. Back came the hosts with their only score of the match, before Roderick Ho added a late brace of tries, relishing the opportunity to straighten the line on both occasions, with direct running through flailing tackles.

Score: Monmouth 30 – 5 Croesyceiliog
Try Scorers: Ben Pilot (2) Roderick Ho (2) Ieuan Frost & James Robertson

Match 4: vs. Old Illtydians – With three wins out of three behind them, the Bears took to the field knowing they only had to finish their last game unbeaten to claim the tournament trophy. Opponents they had never faced before proved to be combative, especially with their vocal supporters. The Bears remained disciplined throughout however, scoring regular tries and tackling ferociously to counter the touch-line refereeing commentary. Ben opened the scoring, James followed up with the second, before industrious and tough-tackling Henry Watkins finally got a deserved try. Further tries from Roderick and Jonny saw the Bears run-out comfortable winners against by-now dispirited opponents. Ieuan Rose so nearly capped-off a great day’s display with a fantastic lung-busting length-of-the-pitch run from his own try-line, only to be hauled down by a last-ditch tackle.

Score: Monmouth 25 – 0 Old Illtydians
Try Scorers: Ben Pilot, Roderick Ho, Henry Watkins, Jonny Snell & James Robertson

A long day of rugby saw the Bears victorious, with them winning all four games, thus seeing the mighty Brian Rowlands go up to collect the tournament trophy. Scoring 16 tries and conceding only three on the day, ensured this age-group maintained their proud run of bringing at least one piece of silver-ware home each season since their inception, to adorn the club-house trophy cabinet.

A superb effort from the boys saw the Player of the Week award presented to the whole squad. All the players were magnificent on the day and, whilst not mentioned in dispatches before, Cameron Ogilvie, Josh Lewis, Sam Hughes, Rhys Williams and Will Green also played a key part in the Bears’ success.

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