newsletter for 07-Apr-2014

latest results

01-Apr-14Druids v GarndiffaithHomeCup32-12 WinMatch Report
05-Apr-141XV v New TredegarHomeLeague35-34 WinMatch Report
05-Apr-14Druids v Pill HarriersHomeLeague41-12 WinMatch Report
05-Apr-14Youth v New TredegarAwayFriendly14-5 Loss
06-Apr-14sharks logoU9 v LedburyAwayFriendly5-40 WinMatch Report
06-Apr-14bears logoU12 v CaldicotAwayTournamentMatch Report

next fixtures

12/Apr/14Youth v Whiteheads13:00pm kick-off. (Away)
12/Apr/141XV v Caldicot14:30pm kick-off. (Away)
12/Apr/14Druids v Risca14:30pm kick-off. (Away)
13/Apr/14sharks logoU9 v Caldicot10:00am kick-off. (Away)
13/Apr/14griffins logoU8 v Caldicot10:30am kick-off. (Away)
13/Apr/14chiefs logoU10 v Caldicot10:30am kick-off. (Away)
13/Apr/14lions logoU11 v Caldicot10:30am kick-off. (Away)
20/Apr/14tigers logoU14 v NHSOB11:00am kick-off. (Away)
20/Apr/14crusaders logoU15 v Longlevens11:00am kick-off. (Away)
27/Apr/14warriors logoU7 v Tour10:00am kick-off. (Away)
04/May/14bears logoU12 v Abergavenny Tournament10:00am kick-off. (Away)

match reports

Druids v Garndiffaith (Home) 01 Apr 2014

32-12 Win

Druids sweep into Final

Monmouth Druids met Garndiffaith in the semi final of the Rocyn Jones Cup on Chippenham Mead. On a beautiful evening for rugby a good crowd from both clubs thronged the touchline.

Within minutes of the kickoff the Druids had the perfect start. From a scrum on the visitor’s 20 metre line, Scrum Half Gareth Morgan broke on the blind side near the touch line. A quick pass to wing Sam Skipp and he was into his stride. His forceful run saw him burst passed his marker and scorch over the Garndiffaith line and round behind the posts. Matt King converted to give the home side a 7-0 lead.

The Druids were playing all the rugby moving the ball sweetly through the hand and supporting one another. The pack played their part by winning in the contact area whilst edging the scrums and lineouts. A long, strong run from Matt King lead to another score. Quick possession and passing saw Right Wing Tom Cratchley dive over in the corner for an unconverted try.

Sam Skipp was looking dangerous every time he touched the ball and it was him who scored the next try. Given a early pass, Skipp used his long legs to drive through 3 or 4 would be tacklers to cross for a well taken try. Matt King converted and the Druids lead 19-0.
King further extended the lead through a penalty goal from 25 metres.

A fourth try from the Druids looked likely as Garndiffaith struggled to hold the home side. From a set piece, the threequarters handled skilfully and moved the ball along the line. A Monmouth player was tackled just short of the try line. Hooker Ed White was on hand to pick up and dive over to make the score 27-0.

Just before the interval, Garndiffaith scored their first try from a move coming from the back of a scrum and a rolling maul. Their scrum half converted to make the score at half time 27-7 in favour of the home side.

The second period started with Skipp almost getting a hat trick. Matt King made a fine break but his pass to Skipp was judged to be forward as he was about to touch down.

The Druids were not to be denied and again from good slick handling, Substitute wing Jake Meredith crossed in the corner for a try which was not improved.

Garndiffaith made a late comeback with a try from a 5 metre scrum which was not converted.

So a resounding 32-12 victory and the final to look forward to. Its the old adage, the forwards decide if you win the game and the backs by how much. The first half display saw points on the board and the second half keeping the game in check. In the pack Captain Chris Davies led from the front and the back row of Dan Anstey, Milo Thomas and Gareth Morgan foraged relentlessly.

Behind the scrum, Sam Skipp, Matt King and Greg Wilding did well and Full Back Huw Adams was rock solid. Now for the final.

Tries: S.Skipp(2), T,Cratchley, E.White, J.Meredith
Conv: M.King (2)
Pen: M.King

U12 v Caldicot (Away) 06 Apr 2014

A full complement of 15 players took part in the annual Caldicot tournament – thankfully, the forecast heavy rain held-off although the pitch was a mud-bath, patched-up with copious amounts of sand on the boggy parts – I swear I saw someone practicing their bunker shots from the sand between games!

Monmouth were very competitive in their first 3 games, all of which were very tight affairs against traditionally strong opponents – a fair effort by the boys and Josie, especially given the disjointed nature of our team, with many having to play in unfamiliar positions. All the other teams had the benefit of large squads and were thus able to rotate their players – Monmouth’s XV did not have the luxury of substitutes, so it was no surprise that they tired badly in their last game, conceding 4 tries with tournament hosts and eventual winners Caldicot benefiting greatly from frail tackling.

Byron Russell was pitched into the deep end, playing his first ever competitive rugby. Alastair McIntosh and Callum Lanfear made welcome returns with guest appearances. A special mention must go to Josh Lewis, who topped the tackle-count on the day – a great effort leading the defence.


Monmouth 5 – 5 Briton Ferry Steelers Try Scorer: Cam Ogilvie

Monmouth 5 – 10 Pontyclun Try Scorer: Josh Lewis

Monmouth 0 – 5 NHSOB

Monmouth 0 – 20 Caldicot

1XV v New Tredegar (Home) 05 Apr 2014

35-34 Win

Monmouth Win At Last

With their usual vigorous start and the added benefit of a tail wind, Monmouth were quick to put visitors New Tredegar under pressure and within four minutes wing Matt Tabb had put them six points ahead from centre of the field penalties.
Almost immediately centre Andrew Davies had turned the screw again with a sharp break but his lobbed pass was intercepted and from a defensive position

New Tredegar broke in return right up-field to be impeded temporarily by the back-tracking Tabb but the visitors support capitalised on the disrupted defence to take the lead 6-7.

The lead was extended to four points with a penalty for offside from 30 metres but Monmouth reacted in the best way possible with a run from near the half-way line by flanker Mike Griffiths and from the ruck that resulted from his cutting in towards the posts the ball was worked out to the right where captain and No.8 Sam Harding athletically dived in at the corner. Tabb converted excellently from the touch-line to re-establish the lead.

With their tails up full-back Huw Adams next broke through juggling the ball as he went. Jake Meredith took the ball on but was stopped on the line.

New Tredegar recovered their ascendancy when a kick out of defence was charged down and despite it being recovered Monmouth shipped bad ball along the line only for a visiting to cut through a gap between two defending forwards to score near the posts. The kick ensured the lead became theirs at 13-17 and all this within the first quarter.

Griffiths again showed his combative running the ball back at his opponents but again he cut back inside ignoring an overlap on his right only on this occasion to have the ball turned over but when it was recovered quick hands and a long pass to Tabb on the left brought another try which he just managed to dab down in the process of being tackled. Again his goal-kick from far out was excellent considering the wind.

In a game marked by its to and fro nature the New Tredegar rejoinder caught Monmouth in possession behind their own line and from the resultant 5m scrum saw one of their players saunter through a gap alongside to again take the lead 20-24 with the relatively easy kick’.

By the half-time whistle the ball had been lost on the line, a further penalty had been awarded and Monmouth gained a yellow card for clearing out an obstruction but apparently in a way that was not to the referee’s liking.

The time to regain breath and take stock seemingly allowed the visitors to retain their focus better because first Monmouth glaringly missed what could have been an expensive tackle and then from defence Monmouth inexplicably kicked aimlessly and high for the visitors to gather and use their overlap on the left to move further ahead to 20-29 and only two minutes into the half.

Monmouth responded well with Lane first gaining much ground from his break and then fellow centre Davies setting up a move which Harding was able to complete near the sticks.

Only two points adrift now and Adams made yet another bullocking run which was halted and arguably should have brought a yellow card for failing to roll away in the tackle which until then the referee had been keen on. Instead 2nd Row Jonno Sparey was next able to dive over taking two defenders with him to take the lead again 32-29. The wind proved too tricky for Tabb this time though.

Flanker Ollie Gray kept Monmouth on the front foot again with a shuddering tackle and a pickup of the ball but soon he was sadly to be side-lined with a knee injury. Not to be out done though Monmouth have good substitutes with first wing Adam Roberts showing willingness and imagination, close to the ground player Stacey Edwards shoring up the front row and then flanker Gareth Morgan taking up where Gray had left off.

Play was frantic now as fly-half Ricketts was late tackled resulting in a yellow card and a penalty kick that hit the post; Davies made another deep break but was halted by an accidentally offside decision and then Tabb was on hand to kick another penalty for a 35-29 lead because of a player trying to slow down play by not rolling away.

The visitors were not yet done with three minutes of ordinary time to play. A deep kick to wing Jake Meredith was run back but when he held on they kicked the penalty for a 5m touch on the left which was tapped back to no-one allowing the visitors to score again but failing to convert brought the score to 35-34.

Five minutes of injury time which included two opportunities to steal the win from kickable penalties that New Tredegar missed had to be endured before local supporters could drift off to relax over a beer whilst their visitors tried to drown their sorrows.

An entertaining game with the lead changing eight times and including nine tries for a bonus point for each team. Caldicot away next Saturday should be equally interesting.

Tries: S.Harding (2), M.Tabb, J.Sparey
Conv: M.Tabb (3)
Pen: M.Tabb (3)

Druids v Pill Harriers (Home) 05 Apr 2014

41-12 Win

Pace behind Druids victory

Pill rfc were the latest opponents for the host club Monmouth Druids. The Druids squad was much different to that of the last game on the previous Tuesday. It contained youth and inexperienced players in key positions. The previous fixture between the two sides was a tense affair which Pill just edged.

The home side started the better but Pill had the opportunity to take the lead but their kicker missed the penalty kick. Druids wing Tom Gibson nearly opened the scoring but was held just short of the try line. It was evident that Pill were having the better of scrum as the home side was shunted back with regular frequency, making clean possession very difficult for the Druids.

It was the Druids who took the lead through a fine individual try from Outside Half Ludo Thomas. Receiving a pass from his scrum half, Thomas jinked his way over evading would be tacklers for a fine try. Full Back, Chris Gordon added the conversion to give the Druids a 7-0 lead.

Pill responded with a try of their own when their forwards drove hard up to the home try line. A strong charging run by one of the visitor’s forwards saw him crash over try line. The Outside half converted to bring the scores level.

Within minutes the home side regained the lead, again through another try set up by Scrum half Gareth Morgan. He used his pace to beat 2 or 3 defenders but was tackled short of the line. Hooker Ed White scooped up the ball to touch down. This try was not improved. Chris Gordon kicked a penalty goal to edge the Druids further ahead 15-7.

The lead was further extended with yet another individual effort from Ludo Thomas which was not improved.

Just before the interval the Druids scored their fourth try through Tom Gibson. Good handling and support play saw Gibson race in for the fifth try. Chris Gordon added the conversion to make the half time score 27-7.

Pill were not done and early in the second period, they succeeded in adding their seconded try following a lapse in the Druids defence. So 27-12, would Pill launch a comeback?

It was not to be as Gareth Morgan, gathered a ball from a lineout won by Jack Howells. He sped down the blind side and scorched over the Pill line. Chris Gordon converted.

To round off a cracking display, it was Gareth Morgan who set up the final try. From broken play, Morgan burst away from inside his own 20 metre area. With defenders desperately chasing him, when approaching the Pill line, he unselfishly fed Tom Gibson, who had tracked Morgan, and the winger touched down. Chris Gordon converted to make the final score 41-12 in favour of the Druids.

The speed and trickery of the Druids half backs, Thomas and Morgan, the kicking of Chris Gordon and the doggedness of the forwards earned the victory.

Tries: L.Thomas (2), E.White, T.Gibson (2), G.Morgan
Conv: C.Gordon (4)
Pen: C.Gordon

U9 v Ledbury (Away) 06 Apr 2014

40-5 Win

With Caerleon unable to honour this weekend’s fixture the Sharks had to cross over the border to England to play a hastily arranged match against Ledbury – thanks to Brian Nixon for arranging this through his Welsh Taffia contacts! Also huge thanks to Ledbury for splitting their squad between us and Berryhill on the day.

With the Sharks undefeated this season outside of tournaments it was no surprise that we travelled with a large squad which enabled the volunteer coaches to try out some new tactics on the day.

For a change we played two games fielding two completely different sides but once again the outcome remained the same with the Sharks undefeated in both games. Despite Mattie having a try disallowed right on the whistle we still won the first encounter two tries to nil then it was “all change” for the second match with the Sharks running in 6 tries whilst Ledbury scored once to avoid a whitewash on the day. A fantastic result for the Sharks against a very determined opposition.

Once again parents commented on what great rugby they had just witnessed and it seems that the Sharks are setting new records throughout this season for games won, amount of tries scored , least tries conceded etc so roll on next week when they compete at the Caldicot Tournament !

Tries: William Freeman (4), Mattie Cotton (3), George Rowlands


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