U12 v Dowlais (home) 11 Jan 2015

10-20 Loss

On a cold but dry Sunday morning all games were preceded by a minutes silence when teams from Monmouth, Chepstow, Cwmbran and Dowlais paused to remember Neil Allmark who played at number 6 for Chepstow and sadly passed away last week.

The Lions entertained Dowlais who were looking to inflict a big score after they comfortably beat them at the recent Monmouth tournament.  But what met them this week was a team who have started to click and are starting to work together and improve with each week that passes.
Dowlais had a much bigger pack and used that to their advantage for their first score. But Monmouth then started to play knowing the gaps were out wide, Charlie Weldon who was playing well at 10 saw an opportunity and grabbed an interception to run 50 yards and score under the posts.

The Lions backline were starting to use their pace and vision with a well worked try by Hamish on the wing where the backs showed good quick hands to pass along the line from right to left and exploit these gaps.  Dowlais were tiring by the minute and 'on the ropes' but they had 2 aces up there sleeve in a number 8 who was huge and an inside Centre who was their speed merchant. This showed when the inside center broke away and rounded the Monmouth defence to score.

Half time 2 - 2 (in tries)

The second half saw Dowlais  go over for an early try and while their player was in the process Charlie showed his 'never say die' attitude by trying to ankle tap the player.  Unfortunately he misjudged it and got a boot in the face. Charlie had to go off and with another re-shuffle of the back line saw Dowlais score another try. 
Monmouth were clearly struggling in the backs with their general (10) being off the pitch but the never say die attitude of the players prevented any more tries.  A rugby match is about battles - we won the battle in the forwards today and possibly only lost our way when we lost our outside half. 

The game finished with Dowlais having 2 x penalties 5 yards from our line and on seeing and hearing the aggression / teamwork in defence running up and smashing any Dowlais player wanting the ball, it showed how much we have come on as a team.  Well done Lions.
Final score 4 - 2 ...to Dowlais

Man of Match - Morgan Wainewright for his huge hits in his first full game at blindside flanker.

Warm welcome to Caelan Nicholls who joins the Lions as a prop.
Grateful thanks to Adrian Whitehead for refereeing the match.

Tries: Charlie Weldon, Angus Whitehead

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