The Elms Rugby Tournament
Attending the annual Elms Sevens Tournament as reigning champions meant that the pressure was on as we were the team to beat.
Monmouth School Boys’ Prep’s performance was excellent with super handling, speedy running and close support against tough opposition.
The team hope to return with the trophy next year and their energy and enthusiasm promises for an exciting season ahead.
Inter-House Rugby Tournament
Four teams of enthusiastic boys led by their house captains (with mascots in tow) set a familiar scene for another PI and PII Monmouth School Boys’ Prep House Rugby Tournament.
Drake, Grenville, Nelson and Raleigh took to the field for the opening matches with parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters watching keenly from the touchline.
After a nail biting initial round, the tone was set for the remaining matches in the Prep II group stage. After three impressive victories, Grenville finally emerged on top and demonstrated fine teamwork. Nelson also earned their place in the final, with Raleigh and Drake playing for 3rd place.
As the afternoon drew on and the temperature dropped the crowd was warmed by two more excellent matches contested with fine spirit from all involved. Raleigh and Drake were inseparable and tied in third place. In the final, excellent team work again from Grenville allowed them to gain a strong lead against Nelson. The flair and speed of those in Nelson almost closed the gap but they just fell short at the final whistle. The enjoyment and passion shown by all involved, regardless of result, was a pleasure to witness.
The Prep I competition concluded with a similar set of results for all houses. However, Nelson’s great effort, skill and speed, reversed the result in the Prep II final. Drake was able to overcome Raleigh to finish in third place, adding enough points to their combined PI, II, III and IV house totals to bring home the House Rugby Cup.
A big thank you must be given to all those who supported the event. Well done and many congratulations to the boys of Prep I and II.
Match Report - Monmouth School Boys' Prep V K.E.S Bath
Monmouth School Boys’ Prep made a determined start to the game against KES Bath. The rucking from the forwards was strong and the backs kept the ball moving. As the first half drew to a close, Theo finally broke the Bath line with a powerful run and put down the first try of the game.
The second half started in the same vain, following excellent passing to open up the defence Richard and Max both drove the ball over the line. Monmouth School Boys’ Prep began to spread the play across the pitch. The wingers were able to run in to the wide areas, resulting in a great try in the corner from Samuel.
With the score at 0-20, Bath began to link up well and create space for their powerful centre to run through to narrow the deficit. Another try was scored straight from the restart after a knock on from Monmouth School Boys’ Prep. This gave the home side a real boost and a comeback was on the cards. Monmouth School Boys’ Prep did not give up and Theo intercepted a weak pass and ran clear to dive over the try line. This put the game out of reach. KES Bath ran in one final concelation try to end the game and the final score was 15-25 to Monmouth School Boys’ Prep.
U10A vs RGS Worcester
Monmouth School Boys’ Prep began the game well running with strength and great support.
The ball was spread to the wing and Sam broke free to run in the first try in the corner. A ferocious response from RGS saw them run in four tries in succession before the half time break. The final play of the half saw Edward and Theo put pressure on the RGS defensive line. Solid rucking from Eoin at the breakdown enabled him to pick and drive over the line to reduce the deficit at half time to 20-10.
The second half saw Monmouth School Boys’ Prep take the game by the scuff of the neck and with continued excellence in the ruck, Edward was given space to burst forward and go over for a try. Another quick tackle from the restart from Richard forced a knock on and after a winning scrum and Max forced his way over the line to even up the totals. A great comeback looked on the cards and with Monmouth School Boys’ Prep on the ascendancy, Eoin finished off a wonderful passage of play, in which the entire team handled the ball to open up the RGS line and retake the lead.
With a minute on the clock, RGS showed their mettle and didn’t let their heads drop. Driving runs and great recycling from their pack provide the yard of space they needed. Scrum half to fly, through the centres and again the dangerous winger was away to run in another try and tie the game for a final score of 25-25.
Well done to Monmouth School Boys’ Prep for their performance and for achieving a fine result against a strong opposition!
Monmouth School Boys' Prep U11B vs St John's on-the hill
A cold and wet November afternoon set the scene for the game.
Rui won the toss and chose to kick off. Edward’s fine kick and a knock on from the St John’s outside half led to an early scrum. The strong pack drove through and Daniel fed the ball to Max and he carried the ball forward. Alex provided an overlap on the wing and the ball was run in for the first on his four tries of the game.
Strong play in the forwards meant that Monmouth School Boys’ Prep maintained possession through the phases of play and Daniel fed the ball to the backs well. In the backs, fast and strong running continued to open up the defensive line and gaps appeared for three additional tries to close out the half at 31 – 0.
The second half was much more tightly contested in the forwards and St John’s speed at the breakdown enabled them to keep hold of the ball for longer periods. Still struggling to penetrate Monmouth School Boys’ Prep line, a dropped pass allowed Rohi to collect and offload in the tackle to Alex to run in his final try of the game.
With the game drawing to a close, St John’s ran through on a number of occasions, but the speed of chase and determination not to concede a try, prevented St John’s converting their chances. Pressure continued to grow in Monmouth School Boys’ Prep five metre line and Eoin manage to hold out a number of drives from the opposition. From the resulting line out the ball reached Sam who proceeded to run the length of the pitch and dive over the line to complete the score at 46 – 0.
Well done to the team for a comprehensive and well deserved result.
U11A vs Hereford Cathedral
Monmouth School Boys’ Prep travelled to Hereford on a mild and very wet afternoon.
From the kick off Monmouth School Boys’ Prep attacked and, after a series of good passes, Josh was able to break free down the right wing. The Hereford side defended well and a last ditched tackle prevented a try from being scored. This was to be the pattern for much of the first half, with Monmouth School Boys’ Prep launching wave after wave of attack and Hereford defending heroically. It appeared as though the deadlock was broken as Josh finally broke free but he was denied a try as the final pass was ruled as being forward. The half time whistle blew after an exciting half full of fast paced rugby and strong tackling.
Monmouth School Boys’ Prep began the second half in a similar vein; after several phases of play Che burst clear to score a try which George converted. With time running out Hereford launched a series of attacks headed by their impressive scrum half. Monmouth School Boys’ Prep conceded several penalties and this took play further and further up the field. Another penalty was taken quickly and the home side’s scrum half managed to force his way over the try line.
Monmouth School Boys’ Prep worked tremendously hard and displayed excellent passing and supportive play. Hereford’s final try was converted and the match ended with a draw of 7-7.
U9 vs Tockington Manor
Monmouth School Boys’ Prep U9 team beat Tockington Manor at home.
Monmouth School Boys’ Prep began by chasing the game as Tockington moved the ball with fluidity and speed, only failing to break our line due to a number of strong tackles. Five minutes in and having had no quality possession, Rhodri forced a knock on in the tackle and was able to burst through to score the opening try.
Monmouth School Boys’ Prep settled in to the game and with new found confidence, and were now running hard and supporting each other well at the break down. Against the run of play, the Tockington scrum half took a good interception and linked up well with his outside half to run in an excellent try. With the score tied at 5 each, the strength and drive of our team began to assert its dominance and gaps began to appear in wide areas. William took advantage to add to the score twice and Oscar powered over the line to make the half time total 20-5.
After half time, Tockington came out with renewed vigour and quickly ran in two excellent tries to narrow the score line. The passing from Tockington, and their ability to offload in the tackle, continued to threaten our line but we encountered a forward pass at the vital moment. This enabled Jack to break through with good speed to score and put the game out of reach. Two more tries followed bringing the final score to 35-20.
Well done to the team for opening the season with a great opening performance.