1XV v RTB Ebbw Vale (home) 15 Apr 2017

62-0 Win

Within five minutes of the start of last Saturday's home fixture against RTB Ebbw Vale the prospect of a win looked good with deep breaks first by scrum half White taken on by left wing Mobbs-Morgan and soon after by No 8 Hawkins all of which took some stopping. Apart from a strong cross-wind from the north west that might trouble goal-kickers, the conditions were set fair for a running, high-scoring game. And so it turned out to be.

With centre Nuove liking the firm surface, he was prominent in several breaks, and the supporting play of his fellow three-quarters, of whom, full back Goddard and wing Mobbs Morgan found both over the line inside the first 20 minutes with the second of these made possible in the end by a superb long cut-out pass by fly-half Emanuelli to his left. Unfortunately he was still trying to adjust his kicking to the wind so both went unconverted.

The visitors rallied at this stage and for a short spell were much more vigorous and playing in the Monmouth half. Having cleverly held up a maul, their ambitions were thwarted though by an accidental offside, following which White went on the rampage again, passing around 8 challengers in a 35m burst. A converted try was the result following another well timed pass by Emanuelli and then it was White who went under the posts again to stretch the lead to 24-0 still with ten minutes to play before half-time having already gained a bonus point in the process. After a kick ahead by Monmouth which ran dead, RTB's luck did not last as one of their number was yellow-carded for a fairly fierce 'no arms' tackle. Nuove took advantage of the gaps and next ran 50m to cross the line only to delay and give the score to Goddard who was following up. Emanuelli again converted.

No. 8 Hawkins joined in the free-flowing spirit, after strong personal earlier carries,with a lovely pass from the base of a ruck which flowed left along the line for Mobbs Morgan to again score under the sticks. 38 points down at the break meant the visitors were facing a stiff second half task. The challenge quickly became greater as Monmouth scored under the posts again through Emanuelli soon after the re-start but as RTB played for pride frustrating Monmouth attacks it was a good ten minutes before Nuove was again able to cream the defence, bringing the score to 52-0 with a full 28 minutes to play.

RTB tried hard but the boot of Emanuelli helped relieve any pressure by deep kicks to touch. The referee who generally had a good game seemed a bit harsh on Monmouth during the final quarter but perhaps Monmouth in their desire to keep a clean sheet were offending more than usual. The twinkle-toed runs of White again made ground though, this time helping him dance through defenders and over the line. Confidence was now naturally high but did not excuse extravagant attempts at overhead passes which prevented the completion of some further opportunities. Nor did prolonged scrabbling for the ball on the ground after the whistle had halted play. This cost Monmouth a player for ten minutes but given their line-out successes still enabled progress along touch with some adroit kicks. Long before this loss of a player to 'the bin' though, play had been evened up by the move to passive scrums diminishing Monmouth's scrummaging domination. The game would not have been complete though without a further display of Nuove's skills in cleverly drawing his man to put Mobbs Morgan in the clear yet again to complete their try scoring bonanza and seal the result 62-0.

A stunning display against a willing but younger and less experienced XV. This coming Saturday (22nd), Usk will prove a stiffer challenge when they visit the Sports Ground (k.o. 2.30p.m.).

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