U9 v Tour (Away) 27 Apr 2014

Just a quick note to advise you that the Sharks remain undefeated much to Angus's delight at this weekends Tiger Challenge at Minehead Butlins.

To win the Tournament outright was a fantastic achievement beating the following teams along the way.

Pool Games
Monmouth 30 - 5 Minehead Barbarians
Monmouth 15 - 5 Marlow 1st
Monmouth 30 - 5 Marlow 4th

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Monmouth RFC 3 3 0 0 75 15 60 15
2 Marlow RFC 1's 3 2 0 1 40 15 25 10
3 Minehead Barbarians 3 1 0 2 40 70 -30 5
4 Marlow RFC 4's 3 0 0 3 25 80 -55 0

Monmouth 10 - 0 Beddau Bulls

Monmouth 10 - 0 Winchester

The trophy they won is huge and will be on display at our Awards night on May 16th - hosted by Hallam Amos no less !

Then the final icing on the cake was when William Freeman won the "magic moment" in the Under Nines category for an outstanding individual try. Well done William - much deserved.

My understanding is that the Sharks had a brilliant tour and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents for their support throughout all the weather thrown at them over the weekend and the coaches Angus and Richard who steered the Sharks to victory once again.

The Sharks behaved impeccably on tour and were a credit to their parents and excellent ambassadors for Monmouth Rugby Club.

Thank you so much everyone and roll on Abergavenny next week !

Truly knackered...

Diary date: Tigers Challenge 2015 - Friday 24th to Monday 27th April

Tour Report

The Sharks travelled to the Leicester Tigers Challenge at Minehead with a point to prove. After a season unbeaten in regular fixtures they suffered narrow losses in the Monmouth and Caldicot tournaments where they were runners up.  A squad of 12 travelled with associated parents and supporters in good spirits. Saturday dawned brightly as the Sharks got into their stride quickly with a 30-5 win over the hosts Minehead Barbarians.

They followed this with a hard fought 15-5 win over Marlow RFC and topped the group by comfortably beating the Marlow 4th team 30-5. Highlights from the first day included good support play from Barney Thomas-Hewartson, a well taken try from Chris Tang, good driving play from Archie Wainwright and evasive running from George Rowlands. 

Topping the group, the Sharks entered the Cup competition. Heavy overnight showers and a heavily sloping pitch meant that day 2 was always going to be a challenge.

A semi-final against Welsh rivals Beddau RFC beckoned. This was a physical contest resulting in a 10-0 win for the Sharks. Highlights included a stunning try from Will Freeman which gained him a tournament 'Magic Moment’ award for the U9 age group. There was brave tackling from Dylan Meek and good skills shown by Jack Buckner.

The final was an epic affair against Winchester RFC. The Monmouth boys strove for physical dominance from the outset with an immense defensive effort led from the front by hard tackling captain Mikey Nixon supported by Tom Coates. Ground was gained against their English opponents in the enveloping mud by good hard straight running typified by Dominic Clayton and Mattie Cotton. Through dogged determination the Sharks scored two hard won tries. In the dying moments the pressure began to tell as Winchester finally broke the thin blue and gold line threatening a nail-biting finish. A fine last ditch tackle from Finlay Robertson plugged the gap leaving the Sharks 10-0 victors.
The mud caked celebrations will be remembered by the children, parents and groundsmen for some time. All in all an excellent advertisement for young rugby in general and Monmouth in particular.

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