newsletter for 21-Sep-2015

latest results

19/Sep/15lions logoU13 v CaerphillyAwayFriendly25-20 LossMatch Report
19/Sep/151XV v AbercarnHomeLeague8-30 LossMatch Report
19/Sep/15Youth v TalywainHomeLeague19-45 Loss
20/Sep/15griffins logoU10 v RhumneyHomeFriendlyMatch Report
20/Sep/15sharks logoU11 v RhumneyHomeFriendly- DrawMatch Report
20/Sep/15crusaders logoU7 v RhumneyHomeFriendly
20/Sep/15dragons logoU8 v RhumneyHomeFriendly
20/Sep/15warriors logoU9 v RhumneyHomeFriendly

next fixtures

26/Sep/151XV v Forgeside14:30pm kick-off. (Away) Teamsheet
26/Sep/15Youth v St Josephs14:30pm kick-off. (Away)  
27/Sep/15crusaders logoU7 v Gwernyfed10:30am kick-off. (Away)  
27/Sep/15dragons logoU8 v Gwernyfed10:30am kick-off. (Away)  
27/Sep/15warriors logoU9 v Gwernyfed10:30am kick-off. (Away)  
27/Sep/15griffins logoU10 v Gwernyfed10:30am kick-off. (Away)  
27/Sep/15sharks logoU11 v Gwernyfed10:30am kick-off. (Away)  
27/Sep/15chiefs logoU12 v Cinderford10:30am kick-off. (Home)  
03/Oct/15Druids v Abergavenny14:30pm kick-off. (Home) Teamsheet
11/Oct/15lions logoU13 v Talywain10:30am kick-off. (Home)  

match reports

U13 v Caerphilly (away) 19 Sep 2015

20-25 Loss

To start the season 2015-16 off the Lions traveled to Caerphilly this weekend. We started the game strongly with new no.8 Jamie Strachen sprinting over from picking up at the base of the scrum showing the opposition a clean pair of heels due to the several yards of pace he discovered after a summer of training. Caerphilly then started to come into the game with a good driving line-out and solid scrum, this paved the way for them to grab a try back but with excellent work at the breakdown by Harry Powell and Xavier Brevet throughout the first half and some strong running and defensive work from centre Che Theaker we saw Monmouth Lions go into the half time break 3 tries to 1 up.

Half time saw all the lions subs used as the coaches decided to try out the new boys and forge new combinations, Caerphilly saw this as their opportunity and upped the pressure in the forwards and through good forward play and persistent pressure on the monmouth set piece found 4 second half tries to see Caerphilly come out winners 5 tries to 4.
This was, Caerphilly's 3rd game of the season and Monmouth's first, even though the boys were gutted they lost the coaches were upbeat with all new boys performing well and fitting into the new squad. With new players Woody Shaw, Oli Parks, Ewan Telling And Daniel Taylor all having good 1st games.

Looking back at the game, the lions could of won but the coaches were clear in their goal of building a very good squad and not just a good 15. With regards to the older 'lions' they continued where they left off last season all with strong performances making selection more and more competitive.

Man of match went to Che Theaker who had his best match so far with huge hits and strong running.

Tries: Jamie Strachen (2), Jonathan Pearce, Che Theaker

1XV v Abercarn (home) 19 Sep 2015

8-30 Loss

Still some way to go for Monmouth

With the crowd reduced perhaps by competing televised World Cup matches or even one of the nicest Summer days of the year before Autumn really takes a hold, Monmouth last Saturday entertained hitherto high-scoring Abercarn who were already riding high in the League.

Talk on the touch line was of them having a strong pack but beatable behind but it was soon apparent that whilst both packs were comparable Abercarn had some highly penetrative three-quarters against whom the home team's defence often creaked.

Playing first down the Chippenham slope, Abercarn were soon deep in Monmouth's left hand corner by virtue off a penalty kick to touch, the first of many in a whistle punctuated game,

Having protected their line successfully on this occasion patterns became apparent with fly half, White making good ground but ignoring his centres outside him. The resultant penalty opened the scoring for Abercarn and their fine goal-kicker.

Abercarn were making the most of the running at this stage and it took a good box kick from scrum half Pryce to return Monmouth to their opponents' half not long before a further penalty kick to touch from which Abercarn in a set piece move set their winger off down the touch–line. He beat five players with a jinking run before slipping just short of the line.

It was not going to be Monmouth's day though because when fielding a long kick and clearing their line with interest the referee was bullied by the visiting supporters into judging that the ball had been taken back into the 22. What his assessor on the day made of that along with his love of his whistle would have been interesting to hear afterwards.

Pressured continued through offsides and driving mauls and the score crept upwards before Tabb neatly converted a penalty for a 3-11 difference. With Abercarn's backs the more penetrative it was disappointing that wing Roberts was then yellow carded for being too quick out of the blocks to regain a high kick ahead.

With one of Monmouth's better backs of the day off the field and by this time a further penalty down the half-time break was time for Monmouth to re-group.

Monmouth were first to rise after the re-start when carrier-in-chief, No. 8 Phillips, almost capitalised on a smart line-out take by captain Harding with a good drive for the line and with the supporting prop Tom Green up to complete the score.

Abercarn retaliated immediately with a deep kick into the Monmouth 22 where the home team had to tackle fiercely after an attempted kick to safety was charged down followed by a relieving penalty kick after a ruck infringement.

Captain Sam Harding was continuing to win front line-out throws and some stirring runs by him seemed to rally some of his less fit and passive scrum mates and a few good charges down-field were the result. This rally led to Monmouth's best period of play but to no avail in terms of scoring.

The scrum continued to cause the referee difficulties as the front rows repeatedly came up under pressure and penalties and a talking to unfortunately did little to improve this aspect of the game.

A further penalty was taken by Abercarn and despite some vigorous play in mauls by 2nd row Boxall the visitors crept even further ahead with a dropped goal which seemed to encourage them even more, taking advantage of the opposition's tiring legs and flagging spirits to score out wide as a prop took his tackler over the line. The conversion from a difficult angle and a late penalty in front of the sticks brought the final whistle and an 8-30 loss.

There had been many individual strengths and courage on display but it is back to the training field to coach in the cohesion Monmouth still require.

Next Saturday not only brings England versus Wales but first Monmouth travel to Blaenavon to take on Forgeside in the 1st round of the Swalec Bowl competition.

Tries: T.Green
Pen: M.Tabb

U10 v Rhumney (home) 20 Sep 2015

20/9/15 Monmouth v Rumney (x3 matches)
Rumney 11 players
Match Summary
Match Date: 20/09/2015
Match Start Time: 10:41:15
Home Team: Monmouth 1
Away Team: Rumney
End Score: 0 - 0

Weather: Overcast
Pitch Condition: Soft

Monmouth 1 Players
Alistair Elias
Anderson Khan
Charlie Wainright
Fergus Reed
Finley Sheppard
Gus Carini-Jones
Harry Fernandez-Ford
Jack Gadd
Owen Barrow
Sam Brennan
Tom Stentiford
Wilf Green

Match Summary
Match Date: 20/09/2015
Match Start Time: 11:16:56
Home Team: Monmouth 2
Away Team: Rumney
End Score: 0 - 5
Rumney Win

Weather: Overcast
Pitch Condition: Soft

Monmouth 2 Players
Axton Martin
Ben Rose
Dylan Ockenden
George Lloyds
Jack snow
Jake Talbot
Oliver Christopher
Owen Barrow
Robert Riba-Fookes
Sam Brennan
Toby Davies

Match Summary
Match Date: 20/09/2015
Match Start Time: 11:31:11
Home Team: Monmouth 3
Away Team: Rumney
End Score: 0 - 19
Rumney Win

Weather: Overcast
Pitch Condition: Soft

Monmouth 3 Players
Alex Hicks
Anderson Khan
Benjamin Holley
Cai Anstee
Dylan Ockenden
Finley Roberts
Jack Snow
Jacob Gonzalez
Kye Reynolds
Owen Barrow
Sam Brennan
Sam Chamberlain
Toby Davies

U11 v Rhumney (home) 20 Sep 2015

- Draw

Great effort from the boys today. A good test to start the season. They all deserve a pat on the back .

Iron out a few issues and it will be onwards and upwards!!!

Look forward to playing them again when we are up to speed !!

See you all next weekend.


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