1XV v New Panteg (home) 20 Aug 2016

Rugby returned to Monmouth when the local club played host on Chippenham last Saturday to both New Panteg and Andover brought there by Mark Wilding a well known former player.

The trial game format meant that they each played one another with keen competition all around but with Andover leading marginally on the scoreboard at least.

Monmouth were well served by a sizeable if relatively inexperienced squad which played well as a team for so early in the season although certain aspects, mainly involving the pack, still need some attention.

1XV v Hartridge (home) 25 Mar 2017

40-45 Loss

Victory in Defeat

Last Saturday, a very young Monmouth side, with an average age of just 22, played top of the League Hartridge RFC who have not lost a game all season. The match was once again played on Chippenham Playing Fields with the Kingfishers football team playing on the Sports Ground.

Experienced and well drilled, Hartridge RFC got off to a rampaging start. With scrums taken against the head by each side, which was to be the order of the day, play switched from one side to the other.

Tries: J.Grant, A.Nove, J.Smith, M.Davies
Conv: S.Parsons (4)
Pen. S.Parsons (4)

1XV v Newport HSOB (away) 01 Apr 2017

15-33 Loss

1XV v Blackwood Stars (home) 04 Mar 2017


1XV v Blackwood Stars (away) 07 May 2016

39-45 Loss

Monmouth Near But Still Far Away

The final match of the season was played on one of the nicest days of the year with both sides keen to win as it affected league positions and pride, if not actual promotion or relegation.

Tries: J.Smith (2), S.Parsons, S.Oaten, C.Reed
Conv: S.Parsons (4)
Pen: S.Parsons (2)

1XV v Abercarn (away) 27 Apr 2016

7-60 Loss

Stern Test for Monmouth

A mid-week evening rearranged fixture is always difficult to fulfil, but when it is against a team bucking for promotion it promises to be doubly difficult.

And so it was to prove with only three regular 1st XV players in the starting line-up last Wednesday’s game at Abercarn but played at Newbridge saw the Monmouth youngsters 15 points down in as many minutes.

Tries: A.Ross
Conv: M.Tabb

1XV v New Tredegar (away) 16 Apr 2016

27-35 Loss

Monmouth Miss Double

Having beaten New Tredegar at home only the previous week, spirits were high of achieving the double on the journey to the Rhymney Valley, but they were dampened by the misleading diversion signs at the Heads of the Valleys roadworks which saw the kick off having to be significantly delayed.

The home team set off with great vigour and were first on the score–board within minutes with a penalty into the very brisk wind.

Tries: J.Smith, W.Korb
Conv: S.Parsons
Pen: S.Parsons (5)

1XV v New Tredegar (home) 09 Apr 2016

27-10 Win

A winning second half for Monmouth

Given a minute’s silence before the start in memory of the late Mark Ricketts, a stalwart supporter of Monmouth for many a year, it was not surprising that the home team started slowly, but not surprising either that it was his son, Rhys, who had to be relied upon to save an early score with a trade-mark devastating tackle.

New Tredegar were the visitors and their young-ish enthusiasm in the first half tended to make Monmouth work hard in defence with prop Green noticeably pulling off some good tackles.

Tries: J.Smith (2), Davies, J.Bezani
Conv: R.Ricketts (2)
Pen: R.Ricketts

1XV v Caerphilly (away) 02 Apr 2016

25-42 Loss

Monmouth defeat exposes Problems

The away fixture at Caerphilly RFC meant little more than pride to both sides as the season draws to a close. Both teams appear safe from relegation so what will it mean to players attitudes and performances?

Tries: C.Reed, J.Smith, D.White
Conv: S.Parsons (2)
Pen: S.Parsons (2)

1XV v Newport HSOB (home) 26 Mar 2016

22-21 Win

Hard Fought Victory

The strong wind prefaced the worst Storm Katie was to offer later as visitors to the Sports Ground, Newport High School Old Boys, kicked of deep into the 22m area to which Monmouth responded with a high return kick and charged down the re-joinder. James Smith picked up and charged on, breaking through a despairing tackle to put the home team 5 points ahead inside the first minute.

The game was to be one of many errors and almost as many penalties, the first of which went awry in the wind as would many others.

Tries: J.Smith (2), N.Philips
Conv: J.Smith(2)
Pen J.Smith

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