1XV v Chepstow (home) 15 May 2018

73-19 Win

Another Try Feast As Monmouth Win Promotion

In a rearranged game, Monmouth playing against a gallant but already relegated Chepstow managed 11 tries to 3 against to win 73-19 and clinch promotion to Division 2A.

On a glorious evening in front of a large crowd, try scoring new club record holder Nove was off the mark when he outflanked the defence after an excellent break and pass by full back White. Inside 20 minutes he had scored twice more and White another to gain a try scoring bonus point.

Chepstow were not daunted and forced their way upfield to score a try of their own following a line-out but then lost a player to the bin for a late tackle.

Paley who often deserves more, broke through but when ankle tapped managed to pop up the ball to the support for another and then scrum half Davies all but scored but needing the supporting flanker Giles to add the sixth.

Chepstow, not to be outdone put the home team under pressure on their line and following an offside offence, went for a line-out in the corner leading to their second score through a driving maul and a score of 40-12 at the break.

Nove began the try procession again soon after the kick off and with a general desire to throw the ball around at pace, a mixture of backs and forwards were to add to the score through tries by flanker Rhys Davies, 2nd row Harding with an exaggerated dive behind the line, and another by wing Cawley whose electric pace had threatened on several occasions, before scrum half Davies broke from a ruck to gain one of his own. Chepstow kept plugging away, to their credit, scoring another at close quarters and arguably deserving another if only for their persistent endeavour in the face of adversity.

With the league now won, and Abergavenny needing a decisive victory if they are to supercede Newport HSOB in the race for progression, their visit on Saturday to Chippenham promises a highly competitive game to round off the season (k.o. 2.30p.m.)

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