U11 v New Panteg (Away) 23 Sep 2012

30-15 Win

Autumn finally arrived with a vengeance, as the Bears travelled to New Panteg for their second match of the new season. The early sparring between the teams and numerous handling errors, a result of the very wet conditions, made for a frustrating spectacle for the coaches and supporters of both sides. Whilst both teams struggled with the elements, the Bears finally took control with Will Ruck, spotting a gap and charging through to touch-down. Will soon doubled his tally with another trade-mark surge through desperate defence and Alastair McIntosh followed up quickly, with a burgeoning run, to help the Bears establish a comfortable 3 try lead.

The Bears were camped in the opposition half, swarming all over New Panteg every time they tried to break-out. This sustained pressure allowed the Bears to further extend their lead, with Henry Watkins, once again strong at the breakdown, linking up in the backs to touch-down. The final score of the half went to big Will, completing an impressive hat-trick through more powerful running, easily brushing-off the home defenders. Half-time arrived with the Bears 25 – 0 ahead and seemingly set to record a high score.

The break allowed the hosts to re-group and whatever words of wisdom they received from their coaches, seemed to rejuvenate them as it was they who started stronger, finally making in-roads into Bears territory. Some hesitancy and missed tackles from the Bears allowed the hosts to start clawing their way back into the game, scoring two tries to reduce the arrears. Henry helped to stem the flow by scoring his second try of the match from a short-range tap penalty. Some desperate defence from the Bears was needed to keep the by now dominant hosts at bay, typified by a last-ditch one-on-one tackle out wide from Josh Lewis. The final score of the game went to New Panteg, with the match result ending at 30 – 15 in favour of the Bears.

A text book game of “two-halves”, but overall, this was a good performance from the Bears in testing conditions. Debutant James Cook acquitted himself well, as did Jonny Snell in his first appearance of the season. The coaches presented the Player of the Week trophy to Henry Watkins for his barnstorming display, excellent work in defence and two fine tries.

Final Score: New Panteg 15 – 30 Monmouth

Tries: Will Ruck (3) Henry Watkins (2) Alastair McIntosh (1)

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