1XV v New Panteg (home) 20 Aug 2016

Rugby returned to Monmouth when the local club played host on Chippenham last Saturday to both New Panteg and Andover brought there by Mark Wilding a well known former player.

The trial game format meant that they each played one another with keen competition all around but with Andover leading marginally on the scoreboard at least.

Monmouth were well served by a sizeable if relatively inexperienced squad which played well as a team for so early in the season although certain aspects, mainly involving the pack, still need some attention.

Fitness levels in the main seemed good and although the surface was slippery from the rain showers, they at least helped a little to soften what would otherwise have been a rather hard surface.

Certain individuals stood out for their sharpness but overall there was a keenness that was encouraging to see, even if it led to several of the home team being asked from time to time to leave the field to cool down.

Craig Everett opened his career at Monmouth with a debut try and Mobbs Morgan showed he had lost none of his enthusiasm, jinking inside a defender to touch down. Parsons also showed if anything his goal-kicking has improved with one excellent effort from near the touch-line.

Next week is a more serious test, however, when Berry Hill are the visitors for another trial game which is being billed as an Ian 'Sedge' Seymour Memorial game following his untimely passing earlier in the year. Worth attending at 2.30p.m. again on Chippenham if only to relive the very fond memories of such a 'top man'.

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