U11 v Croesyceiliog (Home) 30 Sep 2012

101-7 Win

After the deluge of the previous weekend, the Bears hosted Croesyceiliog on a dry and mild autumn morning, with conditions ideal for open running rugby. However, nobody could have predicted just how “open and running” the game would be, as the Bears totally blitzed the visitors, with eight players sharing 17 tries, whilst the visitors would trouble the score-board only once.

From the start, it was apparent that there was a massive gulf between the teams in terms of basic skills, shape, discipline and team spirit. Furthermore, lacking numbers, they were lent two Bears players at a time on a rota basis for the game to go ahead – well done to Raphael Kefalas, Ieuan Frost, Jonny Snell, Will Green, Roderick Ho and Flynn Ruddiforth for playing for the opposition at various stages.

Josh Lewis opened the scoring early-on, the first of five he would score on the day and eight the team would chalk-up in the first-half alone. Try as they might, the visitors could not break out of their own half, with the Bears easily scoring at regular intervals through two more from Josh and one each from Ben Pilot, Will Green, Will Ruck, Roderick Ho and Alastair McIntosh – successful conversions saw half-time arrive with the Bears 50 – 0 to the good.

The second half offered little respite for the visitors, with the Bears now treating the match as a training exercise. Whilst they tried to maintain the ball going through the hands and passing it out wide, many opportunities for the hosts went astray as players got a bit of the “white-wash” fever about them and tried to score themselves, when one more pass was possibly the better option. Despite this, the Bears racked up a further nine tries in the second period through Will Ruck, Ben, Josh and finally Ieuan Rose. Strong defence by all, including Brian Rowlands, Cam Ogilvie and Flynn Ruddiforth, continued to keep the visitors at bay, although they finally broke their duck late on, with a fine solo effort from their hard-working outside-half.

Some of the tries were truly breath-taking, particularly through the amazing elusive running of Josh and the fine solo effort from Ieuan at the end. With some excellent individual performances, it was really difficult to agree on the Player of the Week and thus some would be disappointed at the result – the award went to big Will Ruck, recognising not only today’s fine performance, but also the previous two weeks, which has seen him score eight tries so far this season.

Final Score: Monmouth 101 – Croesyceiliog 7

Tries: Josh Lewis (5), Will Ruck (4), Ben Pilot (3), Roderick Ho, Ieuan Rose, Alastair McIntosh, Will Green, and Jonathan Snell
Conv: Ben Pilot (7), Will Ruck (1)

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