U11 v Malvern (Home) 21 Oct 2012

41-0 Win

Monmouth Bears hosted Malvern for the first ever time on Sunday and with their U11s unavailable, Monmouth agreed to step-up a level to play their U12s in order to get a game. What fears or nerves the boys had ahead of the match, due to them playing against an older age-group, were soon dispelled as they settled confidently into the game, split over four 10-minute periods, against their bigger and surely, more experienced opponents.

Raphael Kefalas set about the visitors with some bone-crunching tackling and this seemed to inspire the rest of the team to continue to cut out any early attacks from Malvern. Monmouth slowly started to take control in the first 10 minute period, with some wonderful flowing rugby from their back division. Fine handling from centres Roderick Ho and Will Ruck, saw the ball get into the hands of flying wingers Josh Lewis and Ieuan Frost many times, but frustratingly, it took some time before Monmouth finally opened the scoring, with Raphael breaking through strongly to touch down.

The second 10 minute period really saw the hosts take control of the game. Tenacious scrum-half Ieaun Rose, together with forwards Henry Watkins, James Robertson, Cam Ogilvie, Brian Rowlands and Flynn Ruddiforth, controlled the break-down thus setting up great attacking platforms for the Bears. A set-piece scrum saw outside-half Ben Pilot dummy his marker and a couple of side-steps later, he touched down for a solo effort under the posts. Marauding Henry found himself linking-up out in the backs to score a fine try out wide, bursting through desperate tackles along the way. With one successful conversion, the Bears reached half-time 17 – 0 to the good.

The third period saw the Bears continue to take the game to the visitors, keeping them at bay by playing totally in their half of the field. Will Green made his mark on the game with some fine aggressive runs on the wing and Matt Ford also contributed well. Will Ruck got on the score-board with a trade-mark try, after linking up well with Josh and Raphael doubled his tally for the day, finishing off a fine team effort out wide. With this try converted, the Bears ended the third quarter 29 – 0 ahead.

And so the final period commenced, with the Bears now committed to keeping another clean sheet, which would be a fine effort against older, but by now dispirited opponents. Josh Lewis provided the highlights, delighting onlookers with some scintillating running, scoring two fine solo efforts, gliding, dancing and weaving past desperate tackles on both occasions. With a third successful conversion of day, the final whistle arrived with Monmouth U11s triumphing over Malvern U12s, 41 – 0.

What a performance, with great team spirit, defence and superb attacking, flowing rugby from the Bears! The stiff challenge set for the boys was taken up with great aplomb by all players and was welcomed by three cheers from their loyal band of supporters at the end. The three parent judging panel voted Ben Pilot as the Player of the Week, for his fine attacking display at outside-half and excellent defensive work.

Final Score: Monmouth 41 – 0 Malvern

Tries: Josh Lewis (2), Raphael Kefalas (2), Will Ruck, Ben Pilot, Henry Watkins
Conv: Ben Pilot (3)

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