1XV v Pontypool United (home) 19 Aug 2017

Trial Games Trio on Chippenham

Last Saturday saw the return of competitive rugby when Monmouth entertained the Pontypool United and Bridgend Sports teams in three 40 minute games.

The Pontypool squad set their stall out impressively the greater speed and cohesion but still took 20 minutes to break down the Bridgend defence with a neatly taken try by their open side flanker out on the right.

Bridgend did their best but were to succumb eventually to two well taken tries without response.

Monmouth were the next to face Pontypool but despite a strong scrummage and a sturdy early defence were outflanked for a converted try against. With strong spirit, Monmouth bounced back with some good inter–passing and a try by centre Morgan Paley with fly-half Davies briefly drawing the scores with a conversion.

Pontypool raised their game and soon scored again from a popped pass in the centre and although Monmouth stuck at it, they went a further five points behind following a line-out and drive in their left corner. Despite jumping high in the lines-out, the visiting set piece was superior.

Monmouth’s star player, full back Amosa Nuove however was having none of this beating several players with his swerves in counter-attack, and good support saw Paley score another but White was to fail with the relatively easy kick.

Not to be beaten at home, young Max Davies put in a very elusive attack which eventually gave the forwards a turn in taking play to the visitors. Prop Tom Green used his bulk to crash over to tie the score at 17-17.

Pontypool sealed their fate though with yet another drive from a line-out for eventual victory at 17-24 but Monmouth can be pleased for running their superiors so close.

The final game was not so successful for the home team as they went down 7-17 to the Bridgend team. The many changes in personnel showed in levels of organisation and the fact that all three tries scored against them were scored far out with apparent ease appeared to be a reflection of the rest Bridgend had enjoyed and a growing tiredness in their opponents.

They did however rally and well. The forwards drove downfield, battering the line but the defence was holding out, just, until Davies was on hand to exploit a gap to narrow the score to 7-12.

A dog-legged defence and a missed tackle were Monmouth’s eventual downfall as Bridgend took full advantage to seal the result at 7-17.

A good run-out for all and some impressive open play on view, aided by a referee who kept th games flowing.

Next week will be more competitive as Monmouth visit Berry Hill in a series of games from Juniors through Veterans to a final Adult trial game all in memory of their former Player and Coach, Ian ‘Sedge’ Seymour.

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