newsletter for 15-Dec-2014

latest results

13-Dec-141XV v YnysdduHomeCup10-12 LossMatch Report
13-Dec-14Druids v UskHomeCup8-21 LossMatch Report
14-Dec-14sharks logoU10 v LlandaffHomeFriendly
14-Dec-14chiefs logoU11 v LlandaffHomeFriendly14-27 Loss
14-Dec-14lions logoU12 v LlandaffHomeFriendly57-0 WinMatch Report
14-Dec-14tigers logoU15 v HucclecoteHomeFriendly
14-Dec-14warriors logoU8 v LlandaffHomeFriendlyMatch Report
14-Dec-14crusaders logoU16 v St JosephsHomeFriendly26-19 Win

next fixtures

20/Dec/141XV v Chepstow14:30pm kick-off. (Away)
20/Dec/14Druids v Ynysddu14:30pm kick-off. (Home)
20/Dec/14Youth v Croesyceiliog14:30pm kick-off. (Home)
04/Jan/15crusaders logoU16 v St Josephs10:30am kick-off. (Away)
11/Jan/15dragons logoU7 v Chepstow10:30am kick-off. (Home)
11/Jan/15warriors logoU8 v Chepstow10:30am kick-off. (Home)
11/Jan/15griffins logoU9 v Chepstow10:30am kick-off. (Home)
11/Jan/15sharks logoU10 v Chepstow10:30am kick-off. (Home)
11/Jan/15lions logoU12 v Dowlais10:30am kick-off. (Home)
11/Jan/15tigers logoU15 v Cwmbran10:30am kick-off. (Home)
11/Jan/15chiefs logoU11 v Chepstow11:00am kick-off. (Home)

match reports

1XV v Ynysddu (home) 13 Dec 2014

10-12 Loss

Narrow Loss Brings Cup Exit For Monmouth

A successful appeal against disqualification for allegedly fielding an ineligible player brought a late change of opponent for Monmouth at the Sports Ground in the advent of league leading Ynysddu to whom they had narrowly lost earlier in the season.

Both sides set about each other eagerly and it was Monmouth with the first chance to score but the penalty kick missed and soon after full back Connors was all but away when counter-attacking from inside his own half, but for a desperate yet effective ankle tap halting his progress.

Monmouth maintained their ascendancy at this stage kicking their way up-field to relieve pressure from the opposing larger forwards. From one such long distance punt, the visiting full-back was caught in a pincer tackle and when Monmouth turned over the ball, prop Tom Green linked and made yards, putting fly-half White away for a certain score under the sticks but his overhead pass had been delivered forward.

Ynysddu won the scrum and put in a fine relieving kick of their own for a touch on half-way but were soon under pressure when they tip-tackled a Monmouth forward dangerously and were reduced by one man for 10 minutes.

Their pack was nothing if not lively and this drawback spurred them on rather than deterred them, bombarding the Monmouth line with driving mauls, failing at first to cross the line due to a touch of indecision but having now worn down the home pack, when they drove again, this time they were to score near the posts which also made the conversion easy.

Monmouth responded quickly and well when flanker Griffiths made a typically robust 40 metre burst out of defence. Flanker McCord, back from college and looking as lively as ever, completed the action by being up on his shoulder to charge on for a further elusive 30 metres run in. Roberts’ conversion evened the scores at 7-7 on the half-hour.

Ynysddu responded purposefully through their forwards but when they made the line they were called back for a penalty instead of the conversion they thought they had earned. This time their forward driving succeeded and they edged the score up to 7-12 and Monmouth were relieved to keep them out for the remaining 5 minutes of the half.

When the game recommenced there was little of the low winter sun left to aid the Monmouth attack but Roberts was not deterred by the changing light and succeeded with a penalty in the opening minutes.

Alarm bells rang as Ynysddu’s scrum-half found a gap for an arcing run towards the line but the gap had been illegally obtained by pulling back Monmouth’s flanker with a relieving penalty awarded instead.

Both teams had benefited from the rest and Monmouth was soon to respond from a turn-over through a move involving their half-backs and then wing Farr making good ground on the right before a heavy double-tackle halted a promising move.
Ynysddu, spurred on by a highly vocal band of supporters, showed that of two lively packs theirs was the more cohesive and street-wise even their superior ‘edge’ once again brought them a yellow card for taking a man off the ball.
The crowd challenged everything that went ways that did not suit them, to the extent that Monmouth were urged to play the other side of the field by their coaches to limit any unconscious influence they may be gaining when the referee decided he, too, had enough, and demanded the visiting ‘minders’ moved well away from the line and the action.

It was Monmouth to lose a man next to a yellow card for preventing a play of the ball and in an amusing riposte, an Ynysddu player was heard to complain to the referee that he should not have awarded a knock-on ‘because he had been listening to the home crowd’!

Some speedy but infrequent incursions by Monmouth backs throughout made one wonder if that was not a more promising way of taking the game to Ynysddu, but they were the more impressive up front, despite much commitment and endeavour by Monmouth ‘eight’.

10-12 it was to stay, and fairly so, in a now long saga of games that have been very close, but still a loss.

Out of the Cup for another year, the League once again becomes the focus, with an away trip to Chepstow next week and another trip to Monmouth for Ynysddu, but this time maybe the Druids can take the honours?

Tries: E.McCord
Conv: A.Roberts
Pen: A.Roberts

Druids v Usk (home) 13 Dec 2014

8-21 Loss

Druids defeated by Usk in Cup

The first round of the Rocyn Jones Cup saw the holders, Monmouth Druids, drawn at home against near rivals Usk. The Druids would have been optimistic as Usk’s record against the home side in recent seasons has been significantly bad. The last Usk victory was in December 2008.

The Druids squad saw further changes to previous week’s group causing selection headaches in the Monmouth committee. Centre Andrew Davies led the side played on Chippenham Mead played in front of small bands of club supporters. The Usk side were strengthened by the fact that their Ist team had no fixture. The rain in the week prior to the match made the playing surface soft and slippery.

The first half saw the Druids dominate the territory and the vast majority of play in the Usk half. This tested the visitors defence but they were up to the task. The Druids backs were not as sharp as they could be and missed a few chances that a settled team would take advantage of.

Usk only gained positions in the Druids half on relatively few occasions but punished the home side by kicking two penalty goals. Kris Gordon kicked a goal to reduce the arrears.

The first try came from Usk following a breakdown of a Druids attack. Possession was gained and two quick passes saw a visitors back in at the corner.
11-3 at the interval and the Druids would have thought this was not a fair reflection of play. The referee’s decisions was to say the least disappointing for the Druids as the penalty count mounted heavily in Usk’s favour.

After the interval Usk pressed and gained promising positions in the Druids half. A missed penalty from Usk was followed by another visitors try. Good forward play and an attacking maul saw the left wing squeeze over for a well worked unconverted try.

The Druids were forced into attacking from deep and Substitute Flanker Gareth Morgan was tackled after a 30 metre driving run. From a similar counter attacking play the Druids play was disrupted and Usk gained possession and scored their final try which was not improved.

To the Druids credit they showed they were not finished and they mounted pressure on the Usk try line. From a 5 metre penalty the ball was worked to the blind side where substitute back Andrew Childs dived over for yet another unconverted try.

For the Druids, Scrum Half Gareth Morgan tried vainly and Centre Dave Croudace kicked well out of hand. Wing Kes Mobbs-Morgan ran and tackled fiercely. The real weakness was in the scrum where Usk dominated and the Druids must improve on this aspect of play.

So a 21-8 home defeat for the Druids who will be looking forward to the league fixture against Usk on Boxing Day. What sides will Usk and the Druids field?

Tries: A.Childs
Pen: K.Gordon

U12 v Llandaff (home) 14 Dec 2014

57-0 Win

An impressive rugby display from Monmouth Lions taking on visiting a 12 man team from Newent at the Comprehensive school pitch.

From the opening whistle the Monmouth speed, determination and fitness shone through, the forwards were strong, the rucking and scrummaging was excellent with the Monmouth lads competing for and winning the majority of the ball on the floor, scrums were being won against the head causing the backs to realign and attack resulting in the score constantly ticking over, Angus Whitehead showed his individual strength by dragging four Newent players to the line for his first of two tries. The backs played with maturity, they held their lines and drove forward to get over the gainline on every play – Charlie Weldon led the backs and drove the plays, off loading to his wing man and Captain Jonathan Pearce who used his sidestep and speed to embarrass the defence at every opportunity.

The game was controlled thoughout by the home team despite some increasing provocation from the visitors, well done to Ellis Shepherd for playing scrumhalf also to Xav Brevet for dropping into the fullback position, all positions played really well and as per our pre match and half time discussion – you made your parents, coaches and club proud, well done all.

Tries: Jonathan Pearce (2), Angus Whitehead (2), Josh Houghton Snell,Benedict Pask-Williams, Oliver Williams
Conv: Jonathan Pearce (3), Charlie Weldon (3)

U8 v Llandaff (home) 14 Dec 2014

The above fixture was played with Monmouth Fielding two 6 boy sides
both teams played 2 matches.

Team 1 Monmouth U8's won one and drew one
Team 2 Monmouth U8's won one and lost one


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