1XV v Abersychan (Away) 27 Oct 2012

76-7 Win

Twelve Try Bonanza in Cup

On yet another glorious day for running rugby Monmouth visited Abersychan in the Swalec Bowl and came away with a 12 try haul in their 7-76 win.

From the very start Monmouth looked too powerful and organised around the field for their Division 7 opponents, although thanks to a few old heads anchoring the home team front row there was no question of them being dominated in the scrums. Tapping back from the lines-out caused by the unpredictable wind put both scrum halves under pressure too.

In the early stages, Monmouth were a little frantic in their play which gave their hosts the chance to capitalise on handling errors but after hooker Leighton Phillips was held up over the line thirteen minutes in, the flood gates opened.

First centre Dewi Lane crossed following a missed move movement to be converted by fly half Adam Roberts.

Prop Tom Green then let rip with a run which made 20 metres up the right for left wing Rob Farr to appear to take it on and outpace the defence for the first of his two tries.

Then a pause to gather breath and a rally by Abersychan kept the windswept spectators waiting before the next try by full back Anthony Layne and then another pause before the Monmouth pack drove a maul over from which second row Jonno Sparey emerged beaming having moved the score on to 0-24.

But not to be outdone, as the referee reached for his half time whistle right wing Matt Tabb outflanked the defence to score another try which he converted himself.

At 0-31 the signs looked good but care was needed to ensure there was no complacency. The day had the potential for being an ideal one for sticking to rehearsed patterns and waiting for openings to appear.

First to find such a gap by running powerfully was 2nd Row Sam Harding but after 30 metres with the line now beckoning a team-mate’s eagerness led to an accidental offside and the opportunity being lost.

Now playing down the slope into a declining wind Monmouth were gaining pace. Tabb ran inwards from his wing to find scrum half Gareth Morgan, fortunately recovered from his injury absence and back to form. it was fitting that it was No 8 brother Dave Morgan who was up in support to complete the first score of the second half.

Flanker Ollie Gray, the other half of another brother pairing, gathered the ball in the loose making 40 metres for the next try and within minutes, Layne was again making inroads for a further 5 points.

Within two minutes he was at it again but this time generously passed for the supporting Stacey Edwards to be added to the list of scorers.

Abersychan, despite the mounting tally, never gave up and after kicking their way into the visitors 22 showed they could score too with a well taken try which despite being far out on the right was comfortably converted.

Centre Andrew Davies made the next telling break for Farr’s second score and within minutes Lane had grabbed his second, too.

Everyone was looking to get on the score-board now and substitute 2nd row John Powell, returned from retirement, ran well but when he came inside off his right foot not far from the line, he stumbled, but the supporting half back Morgan carried play on and when he was tackled, Gray the elder gained the twelfth Monmouth try and Roberts his fifth kick for the 7-76 victory.

A good run out played by both sides in an excellent spirit with an hospitable Valleys reception to boot, but next week’s away trip to Oakdale will prove an entirely different type of test as league games are resumed.

There are some photos from Abersychan on facebook (link).

Tries: D.Lane (2), R.Farr (2), A.Layne (2), J.Sparey, M.Tabb, D.Morgan, O.Grey (2), S.Edwards
Conv: A.Roberts (5), M.Tabb

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