U13 v Worcester (home) 15 Nov 2015

17-5 Win

Monmouth Under 13’s travelled to Worcester to take on the Warriors team in the shadow of the premiership stadium - with a squad of 19 players. The weather was unpredictable with the ground soft underfoot and a strong wind blowing across the pitch.

The warriors started with an attacking game plan which was fronted up by Monmouth, the home team playing to their strengths by getting the ball out to their huge left winger resulting in two tries in ten minutes. Monmouth were struggling to retain the ball when it went to ground, although they were dominant in all other aspects of the game. The team regrouped after the second try half time and worked out a new game plan – firstly to deal with the huge winger but also to ensure the ball was moved out quickly when taken into contact, this had an instant change to the game with a run down the left hand wing by Angus Whitehead, picked up by Ollie Parks and popped out to Jamie Stracken, several phases ensued with Jamie crossing the line but being held up – the Worcester ref blew for half time and the home team blew a huge sigh of relief.

The second half took off from where the first had left off, the plan was working and Worcester were rattled, Jonathan Pearce picked up the ball at the half way line, threw a dummy, turned on the gas leaving the home team standing to run in the try. Set play was fantastic, Monmouth forwards won all their own scrums, with Ollie also taking the majority of the Worcester scrums against the head as well. Lineouts were contested as per English rules, but this did not phase the team and were dealt with easily. The backs took the game in their stride even after full back Josh Snell took one for the team and ended up with a damaged shoulder after taking out their winger, Charlie Weldon controlled the game at No10, Jonathan moved into fullback, Jamie came into the centre, the front row was swapped with all substitutes coming on with no effect on the team, Jamie (now playing inside centre) was later swapped out for Xav Turner who gave a good account of himself in the backs. Captain Morgan Wainwright lead from the front and excelled in the role, the role he is making his own.

In the end the score did not really reflect the game, it was there for Monmouth to take – something to get right when Worcester get the return visit to Monmouth and play Welsh rules.

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