U10 v Penarth (away) 21 Sep 2014

The Sharks opened the season with a new fixture on the calendar this year away at Penarth in brilliant sunshine. Eager to play a competitive match 16 of the current squad of 19 were present giving the coaches a pleasant headache when it came to substitutions.

Mattie Cotton showed us right from the kick off just why he has been selected to play for Pontypool & District Schools charging through the Penarth line to place the ball under the posts.

A very short turn over saw Oscar copying Mattie and then it was Jacks turn.  Finlay, third time lucky, put the conversion over for a huge round of applause from the parents on both sides and a quietly spoken "well done" from his Dad!!

Penarth put up a good fight but the flight of Will had them stumped and another conversion by Finlay quickly followed with a try of his own ending the first half.

With substitutions complete the second half saw Mikey kick a solid conversion following the first of two consecutive tries from Oscar. Mattie converted Oscar’s second try before Dominic took the ball and powered his way over the try line.  Mattie converted this with a superb kick off centre. A blinding run along the left wing and round to plant in between the posts sealed Jack’s second of the match. Finlay made it a hat trick of conversions from Jacks try and topped it with a fourth just before the final whistle following Barney's superb try.

A third ten minutes started with Penarth still battling hard but the Sharks continued to dominate the game and with a great pass out to George he ran down the far wing crossed through the squads down the near wing, back through the squads and placed the ball between the posts for the final try of the day. Try of the day according to the parents.

Outstanding start to the season for the Sharks who enjoyed great hospitality from Penarth afterwards and we look forward to the return fixture back at Monmouth !

Monmouth Sharks won by 15 tries to nil plus 11 conversions

Tries: Oscar 4 William 3 Finlay 2 Jack 2 Dominic, Barney, Mattie and George
Conv: 11

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