newsletter for 09-Feb-2015

latest results

07-Feb-151XV v CaldicotAwayLeague33-23 LossMatch Report
07-Feb-15Druids v CaldicotHomeLeague20-10 WinMatch Report
08-Feb-15sharks logoU10 v AbergavennyHomeFriendly
08-Feb-15chiefs logoU11 v AbergavennyHomeFriendly
08-Feb-15lions logoU12 v AbergavennyHomeFriendlyMatch Report
08-Feb-15crusaders logoU16 v TonduHomeFriendly
08-Feb-15dragons logoU7 v AbergavennyHomeFriendly
08-Feb-15warriors logoU8 v AbergavennyHomeFriendlyMatch Report
08-Feb-15griffins logoU9 v AbergavennyHomeFriendly

next fixtures

14/Feb/15Youth v Talywain14:30pm kick-off. (Home)
15/Feb/15crusaders logoU16 v St Josephs10:30am kick-off. (Away)
21/Feb/151XV v Rhymney14:30pm kick-off. (Home)
21/Feb/15Druids v Garndiffaith14:30pm kick-off. (Away)
01/Mar/15dragons logoU7 v Caerleon10:30am kick-off. (Home)
01/Mar/15warriors logoU8 v Caerleon10:30am kick-off. (Home)
01/Mar/15griffins logoU9 v Caerleon10:30am kick-off. (Home)
01/Mar/15chiefs logoU11 v Caerleon10:30am kick-off. (Home)
01/Mar/15lions logoU12 v Caerleon10:30am kick-off. (Home)
01/Mar/15tigers logoU15 v Berry Hill10:30am kick-off. (Away)
08/Mar/15sharks logoU10 v Gwernyfed10:30am kick-off. (Home)

match reports

1XV v Caldicot (away) 07 Feb 2015

23-33 Loss

Monmouth Overtaken Late Again

Caldicot are always difficult to beat on their home ground and the early stages of last Saturday’s league game pointed in that direction again.

After only six minutes of play following a line-out Monmouth were first to concede the easiest of tries under the posts with an unimpeded run of over 40 metres. Adam Roberts saved a further two points by, almost unheard of these days, charging down what should have been an easy conversion.

Gradually finding their feet, Monmouth were soon thrusting their way towards the opponents’ goal-line with fine inter-passing and with wing Williams particularly adept at avoiding the touch-line as Caldicot tried to force him out of play.

Playing for position with long kicks dominated play for a while until a penalty for playing the ball whilst off their feet brought three points in return for Monmouth courtesy of Roberts’ boot and the right hand post.

Almost immediately Caldicot’s kicker was able to display his prowess, admittedly with the aid of a strong breeze when he converted a penalty from 47m out and mid-field.

Monmouth rallied several times but the ferocity of their passing along their backs caused more mis-handling than incisive breaks with the home team capitalising on Monmouth failing to release following a tackle with a successful penalty from 48m out on this occasion.

At 11-3 things were starting to look bad but when full back Tabb was impeded as he followed up his kick out of defence, the award of a yellow card against the player who did so, spurred Monmouth on.

Stand in fly half Chris Reed put their hosts under pressure with a long cross kick deep into the left corner but Caldicot were able to scramble their way out of trouble and back up-field.

But just before Caldicot’s were restored to full strength, hooker Bartlett made a deep mid-field break but white line fever overtook him as people cried out in support on his right. Fortunately the visiting forwards were up in numbers at a succession of rucks and No 8 Griffiths, playing his heart out as usual in a storming back five, drove over for a try to narrow the gap at half-time to 13-8.

The wind that should have aided Monmouth in the second half now shifted from diagonally to across the field but their eagerness after the re-start brought a charged down kick out of defence with Williams on hand to help take the lead to 11-13.

Caldicot were struggling now and when they held on after a tackle, Tabb neatly gained a further three points from far out. Caldicot won a scrum against the head but when they tried to move the ball defensive pressure caused them to knock on. The ball was hacked through for 40 metres causing the home team to take the ball over their line for safety; - comfort that was short-lived though as Griffiths scored his second try which Tabb converted excellently from near the right touch-line.

This fifteen points comeback inside ten minutes taking the lead to 11-23 would have seen a lesser side doubt themselves but Caldicot rallied within minutes and assisted by less than strong mid-field tackles they closed the gap first to 18-23 with the help of an excellent touch-line conversion and when they won a line near the Monmouth goal-line they drove over it to tie the scores.

With their enthusiasm buoyed, Caldicot were now moving the ball at will along their backs first left and then right and back again to bamboozle the visitors’ defence. Individuals continued to sh1ne bravely in defence but a degree of disarray had crept in, not helped by Griffiths having been yellow-carded for taking an earlier grievance into his own hand.

A further try on the left followed a kick to the corner after the ball was handled in not a little desperation at a ruck. – The second week running for Monmouth to be overtaken late in the game.

Young Dan White seemed to have spectacularly saved a try in the corner as the game neared its close but to no avail as Caldicot concluded their 33-23 bonus point winning ways but Monmouth had acquitted themselves well given the disruption to this week’s selection.

Roll on Saturday (21st) after an International pause when Rhymney visit the Sports Ground, k.o. 2.30p.m.

Tries: M.Griffiths (2)
Conv: A.Tabb (2)
Pen: A.Tabb (2)

Druids v Caldicot (home) 07 Feb 2015

20-10 Win

Druids rally for fine Win

Monmouth Druids faced Caldicot RFC on the Sports Ground knowing that they must gain a victory to sustain their league challenge which was boosted by last weeks success.

Both sides had large squads, every man bracing themselves against the cold playing conditions. Prop Paul King led the Druids whose squad this week which lacked the number of Youth players that graced the team in last weeks win.
Caldicot had the better of the play largely through the strength of their scrumage which had the effect of pushing back the Druids in this phase of play. The monopoly of the play by the visitors took its toll when they scored a try following a Druids error. Desperately defending, a home forward gave a poor pass which did not go to hand. Caldicot gathered the ball to score a try. The try was converted to give Caldicot a 7-0 lead.

The Druids looked threatening when Outside Half Jordan Howells broke on the blind side. He fed Left Wing Karl Pearce who was stopped after a stirring run. The home side had the opportunity to get on the scoreboard but a 30 metre penalty attempt hit the crossbar.

Caldicot kicked a penalty goal to stretch their lead to give them a 10-0 lead which coupled with their dominance deserved the lead. Could the Druids pull back this deficit?

Just before the interval the Druids began the fight back. From broken play in the Caldicot 22 Metre area Jordan Howells put in a powerful burst, broke a tackle and dived over wide out. The kick failed but Druids were on their way as the whistle blew.

Both sides made substitutions, the Druids particularly, hoping to break Caldicot dominance.

The second half saw Jordan Howells individual contribution decisive as he was even more prominent in the play for the Druids. Strong surging runs by Howells, supported by other Druids players caused panic in the visitors ranks.

From one such run, supported by Wing Nathan Cocker, allowed Howells to cross the try line close to the corner flag to bring the scores level at ten points each. The Druids held the upper hand now and only last gasp tackling by Caldicot kept the scores level.

Predictably the home side took the lead again following a break by Jordan Howells. He drew the Caldicot full back after another run, fed Nathan Cocker who dived under the posts. Howells converted to stretch the lead to 17-10.

Howells was not finished when he kicked a penalty to make the final score 20-10. No bonus point for a fourth try but a fine victory, coming back from a ten point deficit. Paul King led the side well, whilst Hooker Ben Goldengay battled hard at the scrums.

At the lineout Dan Ansty caught good ball and Lee Foxwell was prominent at the breakdown. In the first half Centre Aaron Price and full back Kris Gordan tackled and defended well. Last but not least Scrum Half Kyle Price tidied up well and did not shirk anything. Substitute Mitch Gleed made an impact in a great comeback victory. Caldicot were a well organised team that tackled bravely.

Tries: Jo. Howells (2), N.Cocker
Conv: Jo. Howells
Pen: Jo. Howells

U12 v Abergavenny (home) 08 Feb 2015

Today saw us entertain a 'round robin' weekend with both Abergavenny and RTB Ebbw vale visiting us. Having played both teams earlier in the season and coming off second best in both fixtures and after last weekends poor performance this weekend couldn't come quick enough for the lions.

The lions took to the field against Abergavenny in the first game, starting with 2 new players in their ranks namely Jamie Stracken and Che Theaker. The lions started strongly and if it wasn't for the lions lack of finishing 4 or 5 overlaps they would of easily come out winners as they dominated the game but only won 5 - 0.

This could be down to Abergavenny strong defence or that there was a tense atmosphere throughout the game due to the Lions still feeling aggrieved at the way they initially lost their fixture with Aber earlier in the year and everyone wanting to score.

Even though the lions only scored one try, they dominated the game with Abergavenny not mounting a single attack.

Ebbw vale then played Abergavenny and won easily 15 - 0, leaving a mouth watering final game between the Lions and Ebbw vale.

After the Lions initial game the players themselves identified where they could improve and set about the final game with a more purposeful direct fashion, showing excellent handling in the backs and a hard edge physicality and superior fitness up front against a far bigger pack. Half way through the first half the game was very evenly balanced with both teams having good attacks.

The lions had a penalty on their own 10 yard line and instead of kicking for touch, Lewis Richards (No.9) saw Ebbw Vale were suffering from the pace of the game and took a quick penalty running twenty yards and somehow brilliantly off loading in contact to release Jonathan Pearce (10) who then picked a great angle of running to outpace the Ebbw vale defence to score under the posts.

The second half saw the Lions lifting the pace of the game again, and Ebbw vale immediately making substitutions in the pack no being able to handle the pace and offloading of the Lions. Xav Brevet was the next on the score sheet for the lions collecting a pass and sprinting 40yards through the tired Ebbw defence showing great pace for a typical open-side flankers try. Then with the game nearly over, the lions had a scrum on their own 25m line and Lewis Richards (n.9) decided to up the pace again picking up and running down the blindside before passing to fly half Jonathan Pearce who had also gone blind spotting a weakness in the defence. Pearce then out paced the defence showing his speed and strength to score again.

A special mention must go to the Lions pack of forwards today who laid the platform for the backs to create so many scoring opportunities, Morgan Wainewright led the pack well with all forwards showing great fitness and a hard physical edge in defence, and new boy Jamie Stracken who played his first ever game and looked a natural, at one stage running approx 20yds with ball in hand knocking defenders out the way at will only to get tackled inches short of the try-line. Good performances behind by Lewis Richards and Jonathan Pearce who both linked well throughout the second game to direct the very dangerous and speedy Lions back line who looked like were beginning to come together to form a formidable attacking weapon.

Final score LIONS 3 tries
EBBW VALE - 0

U8 v Abergavenny (home) 08 Feb 2015

The above match was played between Monmouth U8's and Abergavenny on Chippenham Fields.

Monmouth who fielded two 7 player sides against Abergavenny involved all of their 16 players with substitutions. Four 20 minute matches were played in what was a fairly mild winter’s morning.

The matches were played simultaneously, Monmouth won one game and Abergavenny achieved victory in the other match. After a short break to refresh themselves the boys swapped their opponents again playing two matches with brilliant team work to conclude with one win and a defeat for the home side.


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