1XV v Oakdale (home) 05 Sep 2015

8-21 Loss

Some Monmouth Encouragement Despite League Loss.

Despite being caught cold and going a corner try down in the first minutes of last Saturday’s game against Oakdale at the Sports Ground, Monmouth fought their way back with a Tabb penalty. The first 20 minutes was a period of much toing and froing as both sides tested one another out with perhaps the visitors appearing to have the greater three-quarter penetration.
Scrums and penalties there were aplenty as the referee struggled to make clear what he wanted, but after a 5 metre scrum collapse under the Monmouth posts Oakdale were able to extend their lead to 3-8.

Monmouth’s defence was good though and most of the strong Oakdale attacks were snuffed out. Eagerness to do so though unfortunately led to an over eager back straying offside which allowed an easy kick for the visiting fly-half bringing a half-time score of 3-11.

After a much needed breather in the sunshine, with Monmouth a man down, Oakdale scythed through up to the home 22m line after which they pinned the home team in their own half for the next 10 minutes at the end of which Oakdale failed to convert a penalty award.

From the ensuing kick-off, Oakdale nearly caught Monmouth napping with a clever cross kick to the right wing which fortunately their target winger fluffed when a score seemed all but certain.
Despite Monmouth getting back to thwart this particular danger, the pressure was on and they were to succumb to a strong run by the larger of the two visiting props who took two men over for a try which was easily converted to head Monmouth by 3-18.
This prompted a strong rally by Monmouth and run deep into the Oakdale half only for a poor pass to kill the move and attract a melee born perhaps of frustration.

The referee who appeared to ignore playing advantage for many parts of the game, began calling play back for Monmouth penalties when territorial gain would have been preferred and on one occasion even stopped a promising play by Monmouth to tend to the Oakdale fly-half and what seemed like a fairly innocuous injury.
Monmouth were sticking at their task with strong defence but a further penalty which seemed harsh on Monmouth’s No 8 Phillips when seemingly in open play made their task even greater.
But Monmouth were not done, and a quickly taken penalty saw them heading for the line and when stopped, recycled the ball for prop Tom Green to all but cross the line. When the ball was again recycled, players queued up to save some pride, but it was fly-half Ludo Thomas who was to score just too far out on the right for Tabb to narrow the gap further.

So 8-21 it ended, but the home team displayed considerable pluck in the way they defended against their marauding opponents and their perseverance resulted in a good try. Here’s hoping it is onward and upward at Caldicot this coming Saturday!

Tries: L.Thomas
Pen: M.Tabb

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