Sunday dawned cold and windy with heavy rain forecast, fortunately the rain held off but there were some very cold parents and supporters on the touch line, luckily they were in for an exciting morning of Rugby. Monmouth U8s had two games to play, firstly RTB Ebbw Vale and then Croesyceilog.
Winter was in the air as the Chiefs limbered up for their match against Pontyclun today. Despite some absentees the boys went in to the first game full of confidence. Two matches were played with Pontyclun rotating their squads.
In the first game there was some good flowing rugby from both sides. The support play and passing from Monmouth were much improved. Monmouth started full of confidence but some poor tagging left them trailing 5-4 at the final whistle. Some great tries were scored by Joseph (2), Nicolaj and Finlay.
The U8s travelled away to a sunny, calm Berry Hill on Sunday 13th. We fielded a team of eight and played three games, two full matches and one short 5 minute decider. As it was Remembrance Sunday we had a two minute silence before the matches.
The first game was won 4 tries to 1 and was a superb display of tag rugby. Probably the U8s best display so far this season. The tagging and running were both great and the support play was superb.
The Chiefs started the Monmouth tournament with a convincing 9-1 win against Tredegar with some good free running rugby with tries from Nicolaj (4), Theo (3), Ben and Griff.
The wheels came off the chariot (not for the first time during the weekend!) against a strong Gwernyfed side when a poor first half led to a half time deficit. The boys rallied though losing by a credible 7-4 with tries from Theo (2), Bertie (1) and Nicolaj (1).