U11 v Croesyceiliog (Away) 03 Mar 2013

Monmouth Bears (Under 11s) Match Report – Sunday 03 March 2013

Monmouth Bears – Round-robin vs. Croesyceiliog and NHSOB (Away)

After three weeks without competitive rugby, a depleted Monmouth Bears team travelled to Croesyceiliog for a round-robin with the hosts and NHSOB.

First up for the Bears were a warmed-up NHSOB, who had positively trounced the hosts in the round-robin opener. Whilst the Bears could be excused a slow start due to them shivering on the touchline waiting to play, it was they who caught NHSOB cold with great defence and positive attacking play, which led to the opening try of the game, scored by the combative Henry Watkins. This seemed to spark NHSOB into life as they scored three unanswered tries of their own before the break.

The second-half saw some great open rugby from both sides, but individual errors and some weak tackling saw NHSOB easily stretch their lead. Despite tries from Will Ruck and Ben Pilot, NHSOB managed to stay comfortably ahead by scoring four of their own. The biggest downside of the game was the recurrence of an injury to Brian Rowlands, meaning he could no longer take part in proceedings – wishing you a speedy recovery from all your team-mates Brian!

Final Score: NHSOB 35 – 15 Monmouth

Try Scorers: Henry Watkins, Will Ruck & Ben Pilot

Next up were the hosts, a very weak Croesyceiliog outfit. The Bears were able to recover from their earlier efforts, by comfortably going through the gears and scoring at will against non-tackling opponents. Due to the number of tries being racked up by the Bears, the game was curtailed early in the second-half, with the Bears boosting their season’s points difference with 12 unanswered tries – one for newcomer Will Davies in only his second game for the Bears and at last, the first of the season for Cam Ogilvie.

Final Score: Croesyceiliog 0 – 60 Monmouth

Try Scorers: Ben Pilot (3) Raphael Kefalas & Josh Lewis (2) Will Ruck, Will Davies, Henry Watkins, Cam Ogilvie & Ali McIntosh (1 each)

Henry Watkins deservedly picked up the Player of the Week Award, for his unceasing energy and effort in both games – great solo forward play, defence and two tries on the day.

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