01 October 2018 / Club News

Rogerstone 38pts West Mon 26

No disgrace in this performance by West Mon, just a sense of frustration.

For three quarters of the game, the visitors were well in charge with their forwards controlling the ball for long periods resulting in some excellent approach work and four well worked tries.

The problems came when West Mon lost the ball and how the home took advantage scoring six tries of their own, although the visitors will be a little disappointed with the manner of some of these.

That said the positives far out weighed the negatives with the West Mon scrum once again dominating their opponents with Gibbo having a great game on the loose head whilst Luke Shelton won a stream of lineout possession which was well used by scrum half James Reed

West Mon scored two delightful first half tries, the first coming from a well worked threequarter movement that saw left wing Cameron Evans score in the corner after being released by full back Dion Perry.

The second try came from prop Jonny Coleman who thundered over after several fazes of play following great approach work by Scott Morris, Richard Prosser and the beaver Ryan Clark whilst wing Jason Morgan looked comfortable both in attack and defence..

Although changing ends down by 17-14, this was arguably the most structured 40 minutes that West Mon had produced this season and hopes were high for the second half.

The opening 10 mins was nip and tuck with Rogerstone scoring an unconverted try which was cancelled out by an opportunist reply from Elliot Bodenham after he had charged down a clearance kick.  With Robbie Baldock kicking his third conversion, the visitors looked well placed to go on and win the game

However what followed was a disappointing 15 mins as the home side exploited fully some uncharacteristic errors by the visitors to score 3 quick tries for a flattering 38-21 scoreline.

In previous years the team may have folded but this side is made of sterner stuff and showed great character to dominate the final 15 mins.  Nobody epitomised the effort more than Jonny Coleman who crossed for his second try of the game (and seventh of the season,) while Luke Royal was a captain that led by example with several powerful runs as he and co centre Craig Buffin looked for a way through a well organised defence.

There were no further scores to finish an excellent game of rugby which highlighted how difficult it is in this division.  Sometimes you learn more in defeat than victory and this may prove to be one of those cases

Llongarfarchiadau to that silent assassin Daffy Thomas on his 50th game for the club, how time flies

Dewch ymlaen Gorllewin

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