1XV v Llanhilleth (away) 05 Mar 2016

43-17 Win

First half display win it for Monmouth

On the journey to Llanhilleth RFC, Monmouth will have reflected on the previous fixture earlier in the season. A 31-6 victory against the current bottom team in the league will have given them confidence of another success.

A sunny day greeted both sides from the kick off on Llanhilleth Park. Within minutes, the home side took a very early lead. An intercepted Monmouth pass saw the home side Centre sprint between the posts for a five point start. The conversion surprisingly failed, but quite a shock for the visitors.

The Monmouth team rallied strongly and drove hard against the home side. From a scrum in the Llanhilleth half, outside half Sam Parsons put in a long grubber kick, deep into the Llanhilleth 22 metre area. Whilst defenders dithered, up rushing Parsons gathered the ball and touched down in the right hand corner. He converted from the touchline to give Monmouth a 7-5 lead.

They quickly added to this score with a good try following a swift passing movement. Full Back Rhys Evans touched down to stretch the lead to 12-5. Monmouth were buzzing now and inside Centre James Smith side stepped over for a further try after a 25 metre run. Sam Parsons improved the try and before anyone could blink, Scrum Half added another try which Parsons converted.

The Monmouth forwards contributed to try count when Captain Sam Harding touched down when he took advantage of a fortunate bounce and crashed over.

Sam Parsons scored two more tries and converted one to stretch the lead to 43-5 and drew the half to a close.

Then the second half which told its own story. The Monmouth dominance subsided and coupled with increased resistance from the home side had an impact on the game. The Llanhilleth pack upped their work rate and forced Monmouth backwards. They scored two tries from rolling mauls, one of which was converted.

Lanhilleth had the satisfaction of winning the second half but not of course the final result of 43-17. The reasons for this will be varied. The referee awarded numerous penalties against Monmouth who made five substitutions. The visitors took their foot off the pedal, dropped passes and kicked out hand loosely.

Sam Parsons performance of three tries and impressive kicking made him man of the match, but Monmouth will have learned a lesson from the way the game progressed. Next game v Oakdale.

On another note Monmouth RFC are proud to have a stalwart at the club nominated for the WRU Hero Award. Byron Hapgood is one of fifteen candidates from across Wales competing to win the award.The result comes down to a public vote, so if you want to support Byron – please CLICK LINK, VOTE and SHARE.

Tries: S.Parsons (3), R.Evans, J.Smith, D.White, S.Harding
Conv: S.Parsons (4)

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