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Rugby Report – Victories mark emotional season endDecember 11th, 2016
Here is the final report of the year by Huw Paulson our Captain of Rugby:
‘The final week of rugby in the Michaelmas Term was a busy one, with teams from across taking part in a competitive block of fixtures against St Peter’s, Gloucester and Rendcomb College.
Even though a minority of teams were unfortunate in having their fixtures cancelled due to adverse conditions, there were a plethora of outstanding wins. The pick of these was a stunning 65 points to 5 win for the u12 B’s, whilst the u14 A’s won comfortably and the u12 A’s drew in an enthralling game against strong opposition. There was also a 20 points to 5 win for the 2nd XV, who capped off a strong season led by young players with a commanding performance.
Against Rencomb College, there was a good win for u14 B’s whilst the 3rd XV beat Rendcomb’s 1sts in a titanic effort from the Red Army. For the 1st XV it was an emotional day, with many players in the Upper Sixth having played for the school for 5 or more years. Atrocious conditions meant Monmouth’s brand of running rugby was nullified by nature, with the opposition deploying clever kicking tactics that kept us pinned within our own half at times. The 3-all score-line left the game in the balance, with last-gasp try-saving tackles from Toby, Asanji and Sebastian saving other players’ blushes. However, typical of the team all season, Monmouth pressed deep into the opposition half and Kyle slid over the try-line in the last play of the game to secure a stunning 8-3 win and finish a mixed season on a high.
Personally, it has been a privilege to not only captain the 1XV but to see the progression and effort of all the boys on the pitch throughout the school, with their positive attitude shining through despite not always being on the right end of a result. However, all of these fixtures I have reported on through the term would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of all the coaches, led by Director of Rugby Mr Despontin, who dedicate their time and effort in helping boys of all abilities improve themselves both on and off the pitch; to which we all owe them a great amount of thanks. I wish you all the very best for the Christmas break and for your sporting endeavours in the Lent Term.’