09 September 2018 / Club News

Malpas 10 West Mon 24pts

Another 5 points for West Mon at a venue where we historically come away empty handed, completed a very satisfactory afternoon and start to the league campaign.

Following on from the previous week, the pack was in outstanding form with the experience of no 8 Scott Morris bringing out the best in the younger members of the pack in which Connor Whitcombe and Ryan Clark were revelations.

The visitors dominated the opening exchanges and created several try scoring opportunities, one of which saw centre Gavin Trollope suffer an unfortunate injury in the act of scoring (lesson learnt Troll).  He was replaced by the versatile Dion Perry who helped to set up the first try for captain Luke Royal which was converted by the reliable Robbie Baldock.

At this point it was one way traffic, but Malpas started to work their way back into the game and following a 40 yard burst of speed by Mark Cox, crossed for a score of their own and this was soon followed by a second unconverted try to turn the game on its head.

The visitors were up against it at this point but a try by Casey Roomus following some good inter passing saw the half time whistle arrive with West Mon leading 12-7.

The second half saw the visitors gain more of a strangle hold on proceedings with Luke Shelton imperious in the line out whilst new signing James Reed made an impressive debut in the scrum half position.

A feature of the half was the direct running of the visitors ideally suited to the narrow Malpas pitch with Jonny Coleman, Daffyd Thomas and Cameron Evans making several powerful charges whilst Gibbo was a colossus in the scrum. 

Second half tries followed from Richard Prosser, who improves with every game, and Craig Buffin who crossed for the type of opportunist try which only he can produce.  Two conversions by Robbie Baldock completed the scoring for the visitors.

A feature of this team is the strength of the bench and this was highlighted by the introduction to the fray of the experienced DJ Winter and Will James together with last season’s most improved player  Owen Beard, who all played their part in closing out the game in what was West Mon’s first win at Malpas since 2013/14 season.

 Dewch ymlaen Gorllewin

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